Francesca Reggio is almost the girl next-door. She’s cute, spunky and talented with a voice that will blow your mind, but she’s no blue-eyed waif with an empty smile. This is a girl who’s lived life, and has written the songs to prove it.
“When I was a kid,” Francesca relates, “I had a notebook of songs that I would write in every day. I wrote songs about anything and everything. If someone made fun of me in school, I wrote about it. If my mom yelled at me, I wrote about it. If my brother made me mad, I wrote about it.”
Experience, a guitar, and a degree from Berklee College of Music have all contributed to the mature quality of Francesca’s songs, enhancing her hallmark sass and wit. “You know, my main thing has always been honesty. The songs I write are honest and clear, and when I tell a story, I don’t hide it in cryptic phrases or cloud it with bad language. I don’t think you need to resort to that if you’re a good songwriter.” Listening to her newly released single, “Not So Long Ago”, Francesca proves she has smarts and sarcasm to spare.
As a kid growing up in New Jersey, Francesca spent her time belting out Bon Jovi in her mom’s Buick and watching “Jem and the Holograms” (a cartoon from the ‘80’s about an all-girl rock band) while daydreaming about her own moment in the spotlight. Her high school transition from shy singer to coffee house performer was marked by receiving the prestigious Arion Award for musical excellence and an acceptance letter to Boston’s Berklee College of Music. “Berklee turned my musical world inside-out. It was wonderful, and hard, and inspiring.”
A post-college Francesca found herself having to work as an accountant to supplement her meager income as a musician. “I think that’s something pretty unique about me,” she quips. “I mean, most musicians are terrible with money!” Francesca’s next goal is finding the right record label to help her reach more people, and spread her sassy and intelligent pop gems around the world.