Franki Love

One look and listen at our latest PEV feature, Franki Love, and I guarantee this thought will race through your brain: “How have I not heard this lady before? This singer/songwriter needs her own show on MTV!” The New Yorknative has been playing the piano since age four, backed with a classical training and a gift to push her emotions forward in well-crafted written word. The proof is in the accolades, which include a Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year award from the Los Angeles Music Awards, and a host of honors for her song “Shadow”. The impressive list includes a win for Adult Contemporary Song of the Year from the same LA competition and being named as one of the Billboard World Song Contest’s Top 100 Songs.

Following up on Love’s self-titled 2007 effort, the soulful songstress brings us “Now Is the Time”, a fine reflection of Franki’s maturing pop/soul sound. Love gets into the record here: “From this album fans can expect 100% truth and love. There's no holding back or wondering, no sitting on the fence. In my first album ‘Franki Love’ from 2007, I sang about turning sadness into hope, turning a broken heart into strength. ‘Now Is the Time’ is different. It's about seizing the day, loving all the way. Not wondering... ‘knowing’.” Franki will be supporting “Now Is the Time” with a hometown performance at The Living Room on 8/30, and is already working on a couple new records (even a movie!). There’s a lot more to get into about Franki Love, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Franki Love

PensEyeView.com (PEV):  How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Franki Love (FL): I would describe my sound as pop/soul. I think what makes me stand out over others in my genre is that I am a classically trained pianist and I fuse that with my soul songwriting, and hopefully, people hear a unique sound from that.

PEV: A native New Yorker and classically trained pianist since age four, what kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

FL: I grew up listening to all different types of music. My parents played The Beatles, Julio Iglesias, Frank Sinatra; my brother would blast Hiphop; my sister listened to hard rock: The Doors, Led Zeppelin. Being the youngest of the family I just soaked it all in. I remember finding a James Taylor CD and when I heard "You've got a friend," that song changed my life. I realized the power of song, melody, and the emotional impact of a catchy and simple melody. My favorite was finding a Tracey Chapman cd sitting around. I put her CD into the stereo and instantly fell in love with her voice. It was soul, pure truth. I would say that Tracey Chapman is a big inspiration to me because I always strive to get to that deep rooted truth in music and songwriting that she does.

PEV: Tell us about your first ever live performance.

FL: When I was 7, my Dad started to pay me to perform for any guests that him and my Mom would have over for dinner.  I'd like to say that's how I got started as a kid. The first professional live experience would be at an open-mic in a coffee shop. Played 3 songs and afterwards the manager asked if I could play there every week.

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself - "I am really onto something!"?

FL: The most simplest experience of feeling that "I was onto something" was when I wrote my first songs. I never took a class on songwriting.  Just sat down at the keyboard and wrote easily and effortlessly. That's when I knew I was onto something.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Franki Love show?

FL: Fans can expect a relaxing evening.  Hopefully the music will make you feel like you had a glass of wine and you'll feel inspired when you leave. Sometimes I can be funny, so maybe you'll laugh once or twice (hopefully!).

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

FL: OMG!! BREATHE. 

PEV: What was it like for you when you first started out and making the transition to professional musician?

FL:  It's been a very natural and comfortable journey. I feel like when I first started out it was all so new and my focus was mostly creative. Now my focus is equally on the business aspect.

PEV: You've said, "Music is how I express myself and my mission in life to is to spread inspiration to others through my songs." With that, what was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

FL: The ideas come from what I see in the world and in people. I feel love is important to sing about as I believe people could always use more love. There's chaos and war in the world and if I have a chance to express my feelings about that, I will because I feel it's important.   

PEV: Tell us about your latest release, "Now Is The Time". What can fans expect from this work? What made you choose this title for the album?

FL:  From this album fans can expect 100% truth and love. There's no holding back or wondering, no sitting on the fence. In my first album "Franki love" from 2007, I sang about turning sadness into hope, turning a broken heart into strength.  "Now Is The Time" is different. It's about seizing the day, loving all the way. Not wondering.... "knowing".  I chose the title "Now Is The Time" because I feel that way as a person and performer - now is the time to share all i have,  now is the time to conquer all my dreams, now is the time to give more to charity, now is the time to be a better person and inspire others.

PEV: Tell us about the emotion that feeling brought to your album?

FL: The emotion is one of excitement, passion and determination.

PEV: What's one thing we'd be surprised to hear about Franki Love?

FL:  I love Eminem and Notorious B.I.G. and would love to do a collaboration with Eminem one day or with a rap artist that I respect

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew you wanted music to be a large part of your life, if not the biggest part?

FL:  I knew after I wrote my first song.

PEV: What one word best describes Franki Love?

FL:   Love.

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

FL: Best parts - it's fun and adventurous. Worst parts - very, very, intense work and sometimes challenging to juggle everything

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

FL: Japan.   

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What's it like when you get to play at your hometown?

FL: My friends and family are very supportive. They get very excited about following my career and my Mom listens to my CD over and over. I don't understand how she doesn't get tired of it.  I'll be playing in NYC on 8/30 at The Living Room and all my friends in NYC seem to be anticipating it ~ it's really a nice feeling.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

FL: You can find me walking on the beach at sunset, hanging out with friends as much as possible, going to the gym, going out dancing (I love dancing), helping charities whenever I can.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

FL:  There's an artist that I'm working with right now, we're writing songs together, his name is Jon Dos

PEV: If you weren't playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?   

FL: Probably would be a marine biologist, actress or movie producer.

PEV: So, what is next for Franki Love?

FL: What's next is that I'm planning to produce a movie. I am also starting to think about my next solo album already. And there's a music collaboration project/album that I've been working on for 5 years with a very talented producer/songwriter that will come out by mid-2012 which is very exciting.

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