Smooth-jazz singer Frances newly released album shows signs of a
talent that is undeniably destined to tug at the heartstrings of music
lovers all over the world. With a very unique sound unlike any other,
her sexy, sultry voice is both clear and intoxicating. Frances sings of
subjects of the heart. Being an introspective person, she says,
I write about things that come from my very being. My songs are born
from my spirit.
Frances grew up in the church and has a strong faith in God. Singing
soprano, alto and sometimes tenor in many church choirs influenced her
musical style as well. Frances made a guest appearance on the Dale
Evans-Rogers show that airs internationally. On this album simply
titled, So Far Away From You, she collaborated with the well-known
guitarist-producer Jon Carey, who has worked with individuals such as
the Chi-lites, Al Wilson, Gary Bias(Earth, Wind &Fire), Mpulsz, etc.
The current single, Love Needs To Flow co-written by Frances Busby and
Jon Carey, talks about how universal love should not be confined in one
relationship. It can flow into so many other avenues that would allow a
single person to make a difference in the world. So Far Away From You,
another song on the album that was co-written by Frances and Jon shows
her sensitivity, and that love is a constant in her music.
Frances has always aspired to be a singer, which was influenced by her
upbringing while growing up on the eastern shores of the Mobile Bay in
Alabama in her hometown of Montrose. She mastered the art of four-part
harmony while singing with her eleven (11) brothers and sisters. She
states, While other kids were outside playing, Mama had us at the
piano singing harmony. Of course, music was in Frances blood from
birth, because her mother and father were both musicians. Her cousin
Adrienne Williams was an Ikette with Ike and Tina Turner. One of the
songs on this album, With You, was written by her brother Stephen Tullos,
also a musician and songwriter.
She continued to be involved in music even while attending Alabama A
& M University, while she majored in English and minored in Art, she
was in several singing groups on campus. After graduating from the
university Frances joined the singing group Ebony Essence. With their
No.1 hit, Unsatisfied Man, they captured the number one spot on radio
stations in the southeast for several months. After singing background
vocals on many albums with other artists, Frances has come into her own
as an up and coming artist who will take the music industry by storm
with her vocal stylings and creative writing.
Far Away From You
The release of Frances Busbys debut CD signifies a statement of a
strong belief in the power of love, and it is presented with a voice
that is reminiscent of a sound from back-in-the-day! Her rendition
of songs like Selfish One and I Had A Talk With My Man just seem to take
you back to the days when love was more emotional than visual. Her vocal
stylings on Get Here are so soothing and allow you to hear the
influences of her musical background. She says that, Growing up, I
listened to and appreciated all types of music, from classical to jazz.
I sang in church and loved gospel, as well as, the hymns I sang in the
Catholic school during my elementary school years.
Frances wrote lyrics to four of the songs on the CD and collaborated
with renowned guitarist-producer Jon Carey (Chi-lites, Koko Taylor) to
bring them to life musically. She also worked with renowned saxophonist
Gary Bias (Earth, Wind and Fire) and keyboardist, Joel Gaines (The
Platters, Gladys Knight), who are featured on the CD. From the up-tempo
By Chance to the title tune Far Away From You, there is a
smooth jazz groove that just keeps your ears and your soul mesmerized!
You are taken on a journey of sound and emotion that just leaves you
wanting more. Being a very spiritual person has enabled this
singer/songwriter to give us songs from her heart and her soul!
In the title tune, Far Away From You, Frances states that the lyrics
were written to express that distance has no effect on the power of
love. Because true love connects our spirits we can still feel one
anothers touch, we can still be comforted by the sound of their
voice. These words were born out of my feelings of being apart from
my husband for some time while he was on a job assignment, she
states. With the powerful music that Carey has written for this song, as
well as, the two others with Frances, he takes all of the meaning of her
words and expresses them perfectly in music.
Frances states that By Chance is a song that shows how some
relationships are just destined to be. There is a knowing from
the time you meet someone that tells you, you were meant to be together.
Frances seems to include the universe in the ultimate and overall
connection of a man and womans romance. The up-tempo beat gives it a
flirtatious feel and she delivers it lyrically in just that manner.
The moving selection entitled Pure Essence, is without question, a song
that comes straight from the heart of the singer/songwriter. She
explains that she is just expressing her pure love for her son who is a
special gift in her life. We have a bond that can never be
broken and we communicate on a spiritual level. He is my heart, she
Love is not something that can be imprisoned, not something that can be
kept shut away and controlled. These are the feelings that emerge from
Love Needs To Flow. Frances states that love flows freely from the heart
and that love was created to share, thats why its there! She
is expressing that love is universal and unconditional. Because I am
a very spiritual person, I know that love is the one unifying element
for mankind. There are all forms of love, and if we can let it flow into
all aspects of our lives and to all the people we encounter, what a
wonderful world this would be! she says.
There are songs on the CD that the artist has taken and made her own,
for example, her rendition of The Mama Song, music and lyrics written
beautifully by Jon Carey, is presented in the spirit in which it was
written, from the heart! You can just feel the emotion pouring out as
she sings. And the song, With You, written by her brother Stephen
A.Tullos, is sure to awaken the passion in two people in love. It has
already been deemed the wedding song of the millennium!!!
Francess sultry and melodic vocals make it as romantic a song as the
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