"Thank God for Stewart Francke. Thank God for his feeling, healing music, for the sweetness of his soul, the sincerity of his songs, the strength of his vision. WHEEL OF LIFE is enriching, nourishing music -- music as faith, music as celebration, music whose source is clear and joyful love." --- David Ritz, author of Ray, the Ray Charles Story, Divided Soul: The Marvin Gaye Story, Aretha Franklin biography and many others.
"Stewart Francke is the best songwriter I’ve heard in 20 years." --- Mick Taylor, legendary guitarist & former member of The Rolling Stones.
"Returning to the warm healing waters of "Lets get It On" era Marvin Gaye, genre hopper Francke restores faith in the much besmirched world of blue-eyed soul... genuinely life affirming. Looking for a real soul revival? Don*t look any further."— Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2002
““Yea, I’ve heard Stewart...he makes beautiful music.” – Bruce Springsteen, 2006
“Stewart Francke is one of a kind.. A talent that encompasses songwriting and prose writing appears rarely. How much rarer then is a songwriter and writer whose sensibility includes Johnny cash and Gore Vidal, Yoko Ono and the Funk Brothers, Marriage and Mortality, race relations and cancer treatment?
Motor City Serenade is the most important Blue-Eyed Soul record in a musical generation. Standing courageously at the intersection of rock and soul music, influenced equally by Marvin Gaye and Brian Wilson, Francke possesses all the tools: A sweet voice, a vision that’s grand without being grandiose and an undying love of sound for its own sake, along with an equally passionate engagement with everyday life and the people who live it. This music isn’t classic anything only because, like every real artist, Francke takes the world as he knows it and moves on his own course. " -- Dave Marsh