Flawless vocals, plaintive lyrics and the bare minimum of window-dressing puts Frances' precision pop in the same bracket as Adele and Sam Smith. There's no wonder she's tipped for big things in 2016...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 19 Oct 2015
  • min read
Who? Frances is a 21-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist.

What? Chart-ready precision pop.

From where? Newbury.

What’s the story? Frances officially arrived this summer with a couple of perfectly formed pop nuggets burning a hole in her pocket.

Her debut EP Grow, released in July through Communion Records, instantly revealed Frances’ canny ear for all-conquering melody lines and her stoic determination to succeed.

Flawless vocals, plaintive lyrics and just the bare minimum of window-dressing immediately put her in the same stable as Adele, Sam Smith and John Newman.

Sophomore offering Let It Out, which was released last Friday (16 October), continues where the first EP left off, bringing bags of untamed professionalism and raw emotion.

On the live circuit, news of Frances’ heart-stopping performances are spreading fast. She’s already warmed up big audiences at Wilderness, Bushstock, Somersault and Curious Arts festivals and was invited to support kindred spirit Sam Smith at his Thetford Forest gigs.

Originally discovered by the Parisian label Kitsune, which released her debut piano offering Fire May Save You around a year ago, she’s since nipped and tucked her sound in all the right places - making her a serious contender going into the new year.

A rumoured placing on the BBC Sound of 2016 poll (which isn't announced until next month), plus her first sold-out London headline show under her belt, only adding fuel to the fire…

Sounds like? A chilled out mix of Florence Welch and Ellie Goulding.

Predicted to? Slay crowds up and down the country as her first ever UK tour pulls into Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Kingston and London over the coming days.

Must hear? Let It Out: