The Renaissance

Focusing on the current Haitian art scene, featuring interviews with modern artists, musicians, actors, and many more.

1/12/17

Frances Elizée

Born: Montréal, Canada
Lives: Brooklyn, NY 

Educator. Musician. Entrepreneur. Trouble-maker.

Brooklyn based artist Frances Elizée, is a first generation Haitian-American singer-songwriter. Like most first generation children, her mother was eager to expose her young daughter to the arts, enrolling her into private music lessons for both guitar and piano at the age of six. Although, Frances was introduced to music at an early age, the idea of a music career didn’t interest her until the age of 12. At this time, her strings class was eliminated from her school programming and she was placed in chorus. It was then she realized her passion for singing and soon after followed her love of songwriting.

Frances has been a solo artist for well over 20yrs but was reluctant to release or an album. Her EP, entitled “Frances” is laments over lost love (music) and insecurities about performing.  Frances is currently working on remixing her Frances, EP into a full length album. New songs will be added to the project and will be released in 2016. Frances is also one-half of the master percussionist Bashiri Johnson’s Rhythm Healing lending leads on vocals and guitar. With Rhythm Healing she is working on two albums, one of which is a collection of children’s lullabies.  She also has embarked on creating a body care line Frances Elizée, Inc’s  Homemade Healing.

Frances Elizée desires her music and other talents to motivate and inspire. She plans on starting her lipMove (Living In Possibility Movement) initiative to help all people to live their dreams.
 


As a Haitian woman born in Canada what is your Hope for the children in Haiti?

Access. Access to proper education; food shelter and water.



In today's world what factors should a young person of color weigh when deciding what path of study or career path they should follow?

They should follow their hearts. And if they change their minds to go with the flow. 




Being of Haitian descent do you consider yourself African French both or neither?

We're all African...according to science.



Who if anybody always believed in you?

Myself



Do you pray, meditate, or use any centering exercises?


D. All of the above



How does being Haitian influence your music?

Never thought about this before. I think because my mother speaks different languages I can mimic sounds unfamiliar to me. I enjoy singing/writing songs in different languages. 




What trends do you see in a student formally trained in music?

I don't. Whether trained formally or self-taught focused practice and dedication are eternally in style.



What is your greatest motivation?

I still have goals left to achieve.



IG: @feincorp
T:  @franceselizee
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www.franceselizee.com