Cincinnati native and environmentalist, Olivia Frances is an award-winning singer-songwriter and musician with a sunny disposition. Wisdom shines through her pop-folk musical creations, which is obvious to listeners on her latest single, "Moon to My Sun," which has received critical acclaim. It was named Best Pop Song of 2017 in the Ohio Music Awards, the VOX Pop (Voice of the People) Winner in the Love Song Category at The 16th Annual Independent Music Awards, and won 1st prize in the Singer-Songwriter Category at the 2018 New England Songwriting Competition.
Written on her dorm room floor, “Moon to My Sun” arose from an ordinary night of guitar practice and turned into the makings of an ethereal love song. After submitting it to the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Frances gained recognition and was placed on the NSAI One’s to Watch list in July 2017. Olivia spent a gap year in Nashville before attending college. Her time in the Music City enabled her to focus on her distinctive blend of catchy-boppy melodies and the storytelling aspect of country music. She has graced the stages of some of Nashville’s most popular songwriter venues including the iconic Bluebird Café and the notable Commodore Grille. Since then, Olivia has moved to New England to attend college and expand her fanbase.
A student at Clark University in Worcester, MA, Olivia is majoring in global environmental studies and minoring in music with a concentration in jazz guitar. The combination of music and nature can be seen in her songs too, such as, “Season’s Grow On” and “Sunset Saturday Night.” Olivia remains dedicated to her craft and hones her skills with disciplined daily practice and regular live shows. Olivia draws her musical inspiration from artists such as Jack Johnson, Bon Iver, and Kacey Musgraves.
Although Olivia did not grow up with musical parents, she credits her mother and father for shaping her into the hard working and inquisitive young woman she is today. She began playing piano at age six and at age twelve she developed a passion for guitar and songwriting. By the time she was in the 8th grade Olivia was taking vocal lessons at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.
One of Olivia’s favorite parts of being a musician is performing. Recently placing second in the Kittery, ME Talent Show, audience members praised her for her bubbly stage presence. In 2016 alone, Olivia played 50+ shows. She’s coordinated multiple tours through Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, and New York. She also performs live at festivals and events all over the Midwest and East Coast from the Asian Food Festival in Cincinnati to ArtWeek in Boston.
Olivia is a Bedell artist and is a member of Broadcast Music Inc (BMI), GoGirlsMusic, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Lately, Olivia has been working on new material, co-writing with other songwriters from around the world, and honing her sound. Olivia currently resides in Worcester, MA.
The infectious positive energy Olivia and her music evoke is celebrated by her growing fan club or “Frances Friends.” Loyal fans and new listeners alike can keep up with her upcoming shows and news at www.oliviafrancesmusic.com.