Artist Bio 'From There to Here and Lots of Some-Wheres in-between'
Thank you for being here...
*[The world isn't always a pretty place, people aren't always who you think they are and life is unpredictable...'Thank God' for family, friends, love, life and the gift of music! 'Thank God!'] ~TR~
Early 'pre'teen, teen highlights, The Beatles on Ed Sullivan (1964),
Sonny & Cher concert(1965), Bakersfield, Ca.
I was born on July 4th, 1952 in Quanah, Tx, (the youngest and only girl of three).
At age 18 months our parents relocated us to Bakersfield, Calif. Then at age 13 we moved to Santa Barbara, Ca. where I completed high school in 1970.
I grew up surrounded by music and art. Just about every one young to old on my fathers side including my father and brothers were Artists, Musicians, and/or Writers.
My chosen genres include:
Country, Blues, Bluegrass, R&B, Pop, Rock, Spiritual, Jazz, Fun songs, etc…(I do love a good challenge.)
The Leroy B. Band (four piece, Bluegrass/Country) Prescott, AZ. We played at the Bird Cage Saloon on Whiskey Row in the mid 70's to approx1982.
'Flashback', Dallas, Tx.(1985-89) We were a six piece Variety band (7 including Gary) which showcased an excellent Elvis Impersonator, Gary Ladell. Gary has since changed his name to Johnnie Lovett, Gotta Love-it! Trivia>*(My stage name was 'Sparkles'.)
Dallas, Tx. 1985-89: Performed at the Wiley, Mesquite and Garland Oprys. Also won several singing contests around town and I still have the trophies which is amazing...
In 1989, I moved to Amarillo, then auditioned and was hired as Lead/Backup vocalist for the KrackerJack band.
(Boy, I could tell you a couple stories about that, ha!)
My song "Half a Woman" © 2005 placed in the top five Country category at www.SongOftheYear.com
Early Influences: Janis Ian *(At Seventeen) was one of the first albums I bought). Olivia Newton-John, The Monkeys, Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Mamas & Papas, Joni Mitchell, Emmy Lou, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Fleetwood Mac, Stones, Eagles, Hendrix, Joplin, Grace Slick, Heart, Buck Owens, Willie, Aretha, BB King and SO many others.
Former member of the FWSA and Weatherford 'Writers Guild'.
Current BMI affiliate.
Though I've always loved music, it wasn't until my teen years that
singing/songwriting began turning into a full-blown passion!
I am one-eighth Black Dutch Cherokee, a bit of Comanche, Irish,
Dutch, Scottish, Italian and French.
* I taught myself to harmonize while laying on the living room floor, ears pinned between stereo speakers, record player spinning the sweet voice of Olivia Newton-John. My dream at that time was to one day sing with her.
* Had a Major school girl crush on Davy Jones! Even tried to figure out how to ship myself to the Monkeys in a box with holes in it for air and some snacks and drinks for the trip, lol!
*Cruised town Friday nights, high as a kite, Rockin' to The Stones with friends. Was too young to go to Woodstock but was an avid hippie, lol!
A lot has changed since then but I still wear bell-bottoms & music remains my consistent haven in this ever changing world!
***I aspire to stay young at heart as long as I live just like my daddy did! ***I've never cared much for borders or boundaries. Tell me not to cross that line and look out! Am often a rebel when it comes to conformity but will always be true to who I am, who I love and what I believe in.
Some have called me eccentric, lol! I think most of us are on some level... I am who I am just like you are who you are. We are all special and unique in our own way. Though we are all from different backgrounds and upbringing, Music is the 'common glue' that bonds us together as one!
*We do what we do for it is who we are...
*[Life is an adventure...God, family, friends, love, music, nature, dreams, food & drink make it pleasurable!] :}
*Feel free to ask me anything…If I don't have an answer I'll make one up, ha!
Cheers to music, cheers to you!
Olivia Francis, AKA Turquoise Rose