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FRANCESCA DE VALENCE

Songwriter – Educator – Inspirer

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  • The New Paradigm

    I did something a week ago that I could never have imagined doing even a month ago. A lot happens in a month! From a very young age, I had been conditioned to see things in a certain way. Maybe you can relate. I had [...]

  • The Gift Of Song

    In these times of crisis, more than ever, there is a palpable need for our musical talents and songs to be shared with others to offer comfort, hope, love, connection. As songwriters, we have been given a gift of music and story and it’s ours [...]

  • The Song I Wrote on the Left Bank of The Seine

    In the wee hours of a dark winter's Sunday in Paris, French photographer Christophe Berjot arrived at my Airbnb apartment in his small European car big enough only for two people. As we drove through the deserted streets of Paris, we passed the debris of [...]

  • 2016 ARIA Update

    November 23, 2016 was my first ARIA Awards experience and second red carpet music awards. What an honour to have been in the voting pool for 4 categories. There were no nominations for me but when Sia and Bernard Fanning win your sections, it's just an honour to be there in [...]

  • “Own Self” Music Video

    I truly have experienced what its like to be apart of a global project … and it’s bloody amazing and highlights all the good in humans and a true sense of community. “Own Self”, is the first single from my forthcoming CD release. This song [...]

I Can’t Write Songs (Because I’m Not Talented Enough)

One of the most disheartening things I hear from people who want to be songwriters is: “I can’t write songs because I’m not talented enough.” This breaks my heart. These people have a belief that they don't have the talent to write songs. Let’s talk about talent. Growing up I was often told I was talented, “Francesca, you’re so talented. You’re a talented pianist, talented violinist, talented musician, singer...”. And in many ways, being a ‘talented’ child became a [...]

Mid-Year Check-In – Make 2020 the Year of Your Dreams 💫

2020 may feel like the biggest year so far, and whilst it feels like a year has already passed (don’t you think?), it’s not over yet! But you still have plenty of opportunity to make 2020 an amazing year for you. It’s up to you. I’ve been using my “at home” time each week to share some ways to overcoming the biggest barriers in your songwriting career through my blogs and on socials - Instagram & Facebook. If you've [...]

Finish What You Start!!!

Are you a songwriter who has hundreds of ideas for songs on your phone? Audio memos of melody ideas, verse ideas, banger chorus ideas... Maybe you've got a book filled with lyric ideas? They’re really great ideas, they really are. That's why you've captured them. I’m not doubting that. But these ideas are not going anywhere, are they? You’re not alone. It is the single biggest shared problem amongst the songwriters I have worked with. I run workshops and [...]

The Transformational Power of Music

If there is one thing that I absolutely love about the songwriters that I work with, it is that they understand the transformational power of music; the healing power of music. They get it. They get the way that their music can not only affect them and help them, but affect and help others. Right now, given the current state of the world, I feel that's a really powerful thing to remember. That as songwriters and creators, we have [...]

Learning Skills Later In Life

Last week, I shared a story on my personal Facebook page around a birthday present I had recently received. It was liked and commented on by hundreds of people. Many people not only shared the post, but retold the story in their own world, like a tale that gets passed on from one person to another. I wanted to share it with you to connect and offer an opportunity to inspire and empower you in some way. I’ll let you [...]

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