Brisbane QLD
Alternative pop

Brisbane-based alternative pop singer songwriter Noralyn launched her debut EP Mercy in Madness in her home town on Thursday the 16th of February.

Mercy in Madness, produced in Sydney by Jeremy Fowler, features four brand new tracks that vibe elements of Coldplay, Florence + the Machine and Regina Spektor. Evocative, quirky lyrics and tuneful melodies are delivered by a distinctive voice, with a piano-driven sound that reveals hints of classical influence amongst pop sensibilities.

Noralyn has previously released two singles ‘Masquerade’ and ‘New World.’

See more at: Noralyn Music

Brisbane QLD
Pop, RnB

We play music to make you smile, dance and have fun – Fresh pop mixed with RnB flavour – Music is our life so come join us and party the night away.

See more at: Slip-On Stereo

Brisbane QLD

Francesca de Valence is infatuated with self-expression. Her songs are unabashed and unapologetic, uncovering the powers needed to live her magnificent life.

The image of a glasses-wearing 10-year-old Francesca performing a Bach violin sonata for her whole school seems odd against her memory of not having enough money for butter on her Vegemite sandwiches. Her parents had spent their bread not on butter but on a formalised, even dogmatic music education. Perhaps her immigrant parents’ approach to child rearing is not surprising given a not-so-distant relative had penned the national anthem for their home country Mauritius.

Always curious, Francesca insisted and succeeded in applying for a music scholarship at a high school on the other side of the highway where the parents had shiny cars and the school lawn was always green, even in the harshest Brisbane summer.

But just as she was taking the early steps towards her dream of a magnificent life, Francesca was in a car accident on the way to her 16th birthday party, which left her homebound for three months. She spent these months impressing her first boyfriend by transcribing jazz improvisations and learning to play her parents’ entire CD collection on piano.

Her singer-songwriter apprenticeship started out at a fancy-schmancy city piano bar performing the music of her idols Stevie, Paul, Billy and Carole where her mum patiently waited in the corner ‘til eleven o’clock to drive her home.

Francesca spent the next 10 years travelling the world playing in hotel lobbies ritzier than the Grand Budapest Hotel and sharing stadium stages with one-named acts. Over the years, there were many failed attempts to escape her dream of being an original artist, but one gig changed it all. Singing back-up for Michael Bublé inspired her to tell her own story. She handed him a demo of originals and for good measure autographed it: “Good luck with your future career, Love Fran xo”

Since 2008, Francesca has navigated her path as an independent artist with four releases winning quite a few songwriting awards including a Los Angeles Music Award and an Australian Songwriting Award, and supporting international touring artists including Belinda Carlisle and The Manhattan Transfer.

She shares her love of creative expression with aspiring artists in her teaching job at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2014 she founded the I Heart Songwriting Club, a nurturing platform for songwriters from around the world to write to a theme in one hour each week. Seven of Francesca’s songs from this songwriting club feature on her new album Own Self.

Heart-breakingly beautiful vocals, joyful hooks, painted string arrangements and the wizardry of five-time ARIA winning producer Paul McKercher musically enrich Francesca’s Own Self.

Francesca goes against rules she didn’t realise were there. She shapes her life but sometimes falls. She shows her confident and beautiful adult self. She freely loves without limits. She learns new things she never thought possible. This is her Own Self. This is her magnificent life.

See more at: Francesca de Valence