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Rising Star

Class of 2008 alumna releases second album
Frances Madden

Years Attended Arden
Year 7 - Year 12 (2003-2008)
Class of 2008 alumna and Jazz musician, Frances Madden, has announced the release of her new album ‘Beautiful World’. Frances performs to sold out crowds at leading jazz venues and festivals around Australia.  Frances has supported touring international artists including Dionne Warwick and Grammy-Award winner Gregory Porter as well as headlining at the acclaimed JZ Club in Shanghai. Her self-released first album If this were a dream went to #5 on the ARIA Jazz Charts.
She has been described by ABC Music as one of the classiest entertainers Australia has produced in years, and as ‘Australia’s rising star of jazz, blues and ballads’ by Sydney radio station Fine Music 102.5.
In their recent media release ABC Music feels A Beautiful World:  
brings together a combination of jazz infused melodies entwined with some memorable pop hooks and occasional hints of gospel: from the hypnotic and seductive ‘The Tango Never Lies’ or the pulsating Latin rhythms of ‘Dancing in the Street’, to the emotive and soul stirring ‘Side by Side’.
Set within a landscape of luscious arrangements, Frances delivers performances that are heartfelt, engaging and captivating. Her songs are filled with stories and lyrics that are at times inspiring and uplifting, while at other moments delightfully whimsical and playful.”

“Frances has a wonderful feeling for jazz and blues standards but what makes her a real stand-out are her original songs and unique style.” James Morrison
“More than just the potential to ‘crossover’ and appeal to a broad audience, I believe the original songs on Frances’ new album are so brilliant that her jazz-inspired music can influence the mainstream music scene. She is a great emerging new talent. Chong Lim AM
To preview or purchase a copy of Beautiful World click here.

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