NEW APP … for crafty, little hands
Hope your little ones enjoy it.
xo f xo
Posted on February 15th, 2013
New Clarks Shoes Ad featuring “Red Balloon”
I’m so thrilled that Clarks is using my song “Red Balloon” in a brand new ad for their 2012 Fall collection. Ok, get ready for some cute shoes!
Posted on August 24th, 2012
s c i e n c e fair
This is what you get when a bunch of women write and record songs about science for kids! So many great artists including Elizabeth Mitchell, Lunch Money, Mates of State, Laura Veirs and many more! I’m so honored to be included in this group. I wrote a song about the “Goldilocks Zone” for this cd — hope you can check it out! All proceeds benefit Girls Inc. Science Ed program! On sale now at i Tunes or directly from www.sparetherock.com
Posted on July 10th, 2012
This is going to be fun…
Posted on February 22nd, 2012
Holiday Creative Family Challenge for YOU!
I have a holiday-inspired CREATIVE FAMILY CHALLENGE for you that comes with a free new song and involves you making something beautiful with all those photos you took of your kid(s) this year. Hope you check out it out here on my Diary page and share it with your family and friends!
Posted on November 21st, 2011
RADIO SHOW now available for streaming
I’m so excited to share this hour-long show that I created for XM Radio on the making of Mind of My Own. I tried my best to channel Mr. Rogers and Ira Glass, two of my favorite storytellers in the world. Over the course of an hour, I take the listeners onto the streets of San Francisco, to Haight Ashbury to interview some interesting musicians who played on the cd, and down to Ocean Beach to listen to the waves and pay homage to the great Jacques Cousteau.
I also talk about the song I sang with the Mates of State, “Place in Your Heart,” and interview a bunch of kids about toys they hold dear to their hearts – the things they say are precious and often hysterical. Finally, for the song “To Be,” I talk to parents and grandparents about lessons they have learned from their kids – the observations they make are beautiful and profound (I have a hard time listening to this with dry eyes).
The entire show is free to listen to and available for streaming anytime on your computer and iPhones / smartphones. Hope you and your kids enjoy listening to it on your next road trip or lazy Sunday afternoon! xo f xo
Posted on October 21st, 2011
“This lovably off-beat songstress, who somehow makes songs about ladybugs and tea parties evoke the quirky coolness of Liz Phair or Ingrid Michaelson, has evolved as a global family favorite and critic’s darling. England’s music is consistently referred to as refreshingly “simple”- just the perfect thing when you want to enjoy the mellower side of musical family fare.” full review is here.
Posted on August 30th, 2011
What to do with all those PHONE PHOTOS?
Posted on August 18th, 2011
2011 Parent’s Choice Gold Award
We are so thrilled to receive a Parent’s Choice GOLD award for Mind of My Own!
“England is an original, an exceptionally creative and musically astute children’s artist whose unique musical vision was apparent in her 2007 debut album, “Fascinating Creatures,” which put her among other top artists in the field. With the authenticity of her alt-rock and acoustic folk rhythms, her expressive vocals and gentle, slightly offbeat approach to what it means to be a child-and a parent-England again proves that she’s the real deal.”
(wow, they really know how to make a girl feel good! thanks again, parent’s choice! )
Posted on June 30th, 2011
Mind of My Own makes BABBLE’s Top 50 List
Thanks so much to Babble for naming Mind of My Own #3 on it’s Top 50 List of Best Albums for Babies — “Frances England plays charming little indie-pop songs that just happen to be for kids. These 15 no-nonsense songs drop in, deploy their hooks with precision, and are out of there before you even know what happened; no repetitive verses or instrumentation beyond what’s strictly necessary. And though they’re mostly written from a child’s point of view, England’s tunes capture the wonder and openness of the childish mind without a hint of the audience-pandering (either to kids or grown-ups) that mars much of the newer kids’ music out there.”
Congratulations to our good friends Elizabeth Mitchell, Dean Jones, Brady Rymer, Dan Zanes and everyone else on the list too – thanks, Babble!
Posted on June 30th, 2011
discmakers f e a t u r e
from the February 2011 Discmakers Catalog….to request your own copy, you can visit www.discmakers.com
Posted on January 18th, 2011
c r e a t i v e RESOLUTIONS for a New Year
I wanted to tell you about my latest Diary (blog) entry because I got a little help from some friends with it. I asked people to share their C R E A T I V E resolutions for 2011 and heard from some of my favorite kindie musicians – Caspar Babypants, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dean Jones, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Recess Monkey, Lucky Diaz , among others. Their resolutions are super fun, insightful and inspiring to read.
In fact, after reading Caspar’s resolutions I immediately began planning my family’s first ever Madventure – this is one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard of – I think we all should do this, don’t you? I’d love to hear what your creative aspirations are for 2011 so please stop by my Diary page and leave a message!
Posted on January 7th, 2011
Creative Family Challenge Winner…
Hi there! We randomly picked a winner for the 2nd Creative Family Challenge: Pam Brown + family. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed — we loved seeing all of your photographs and all the fantastic artwork you did this week. Very inspiring!
So I’ll be sending Pam and her family a copy of Mind of My Own PLUS a sweet set of colored pencils. The pencils come in a small cardboard carrying case, perfect for taking along to restaurants, road trips, or the hiking trail. Thanks again! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday xoxo frances xoxoxo
Posted on November 26th, 2010
The new record is OUT
One more thing – last week we started our Creative Family Challenges + CD Giveaways on the Diary page. Complete the “assignment”, leave a comment, and be entered to win CD’s and other fun stuff.
Posted on November 11th, 2010
Sirius XM radio show!
My new family cd, Mind of My Own, is coming out on November 9 and to celebrate its release, Sirius XM Radio’s Kids Place Live channel invited me to do an hour-long show with them. I’ll play the entire cd and talk to kids, parents and teachers about some of the themes of the songs. I’ll also take listeners for a walk through San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood and stop by the houses of a couple of musicians who played on the album to talk about their instruments, inspiration and share some stories about making music together.
I had so much fun putting this show together – I hope your whole family enjoys it.
The program will be broadcast nationally four times this weekend at the following times:
Friday 11/5, 9pET/6pPT
Saturday 11/6, 9aET,6aPT & 5pET, 2pPT
Sunday 11/7, 12pET/9aPT
For more information, please see http://www.xmradio.com/kidsplacelive
Posted on November 1st, 2010
SING ALONG song book
I read somewhere that Woodie Guthrie once said, “If you’re playing more than 3 chords on the guitar, you’re just showing off.” Oh, how I love you, Woodie! Here are a few 2, 3, and 4 chord songs of mine that are super easy to learn, play, and sing. Rock on! xo f xo
Posted on February 15th, 2013
That’s What Friends Are For
The amazing Nora May (from Norway!) made this little stop-motion video for her best friend using my song, “That’s What Friends Are For.” I think it’s the sweetest thing ever – thank you, Nora!
Posted on August 27th, 2012
Holiday Family Creative Challenge + free new song
Do you have any idea how many photographs and videos you’ve taken of your kid(s) this year? Lots of us use our cameras + phones to document our children’s lives but how often do we go back and make something special with all those captured moments? My holiday creative family challenge for you is to [...]
Posted on November 21st, 2011
RADIO SHOW, the making of Mind of My Own…
I’m so excited to share this show that I created for XM Radio on the making of Mind of My Own. I tried my best to channel Mr. Rogers and Ira Glass, two of my favorite storytellers in the world. Over the course of an hour, I take the listeners onto the streets of San [...]
Posted on October 19th, 2011