The New Album Has Begun! (July-Aug '18)
Hello loves! Summer is coming to an end (still can't believe that), so I figured it was time to update you on what I was up to the last couple months.
As of August, I have officially begun the process of recording my new CD! The new album (yet to be named), is scheduled to be released in December of this year (fingers crossed), or at the very beginning of 2019. The album will contain eight original tracks, and introduces a much bigger sound than my first album - horns, organs, and strings are a few of the new instruments that will be included, which ATOTAAD did not have. I feel like I've grown so much as a songwriter, and the songs have stronger arrangements, deeper lyrics, and more meaningful... well, meanings. Photography for the album has already been completed, and as it stands, I'm already three songs in! For updates, make sure to follow my social media accounts (Instagram and Facebook), as well as this website.
August also saw me being nominated for Creative Loafing's (a local magazine - both print and online - dedicated various entertainment around the 'Bay Area), "Best of the Bay 2018". This is my second time being nominated for this reader's poll, except this time, I have been chosen for three different categories (as opposed to one in 2016): Best Singer/Songwriter, Best Vocalist, and Best Original Pop Act. The winners will be chosen at the end of September. To vote, click here.
In the area of radio-based media, I have been invited to be a guest on two different shows in the U.S:
- Music Business Hacks podcast (airing Aug. 29 @ 10am). The show is hosted by Simon Tam, an author, musician, and activist. His biography states that he is best known for being the bassist for a group called "The Slants", which is "the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band". In addition to this, he his work has been mentioned in various media outlets, including BBC, NPR, and Rolling Stone Magazine. Outside of the music realm, he is also an activist, and has even worked with former-President Barack Obama! I'm so honored to be a guest on his podcast. For more information on Simon, click here ).
- A Los Angeles-based radio program hosted by Sonny Rock (A & M Records, Sony Picture, Warner Bros.. at Capitol Records, Hollywood, L.A). The interview is yet to be scheduled, so keep up with my social media to see when!
Moving across the Atlantic, I am scheduled to be a guest on a radio station in the UK! The interview will be in September, by phone. Information on the radio station can be found here.
Another highlight form 2018's late-summer was in July, when I opened for the 'Bay Area's local songwriting legend, Geri X. As noted in many of my online biographies, radio interviews, and social media posts, Geri is by far one of my biggest inspirations. She's toured the world, released 15 albums (all of which I own), and continues to play regularly and tour. The show took place at The Hub Bar in downtown Tampa, and also featured another popular artist, Rebekah Pulley, who has also had a strong impact on the local music scene.
I'm beyond excited for what the rest of the year has in store, and I'm so touched by the support that I receive every day. Here's to the last 4 months of 2018!
FESTIVAL RECAP AND TROPICANA FIELD (JUNE '18)
This past month I attended the Key Largo Original Music Festival, where I was able to collaborate and share the stage with some amazing musicians. Many were from Nashville and had toured the country with other national acts, and one of them was a recent contestant on The Voice. I played at several locations along the main strip, including the "World-Famous Caribbean Club". At the closing performance, I was lucky enough to meet a producer who features singer/songwriters on Thunder 100.3, a radio station that airs all throughout Southern Florida, and my album is now a part of their rotation.
In a round with Julie Gribble, actress and songwriter
Fast-forwarding to this month, I had the opportunity to perform at Tropicana Field for the Tampa Bay Rays game. With two other band members joining me, I greeted guests at the front door, only a few feet from the actual field. The show went so well that they invited me back for two more games, and a guarantee for more later on in the season, as well as a promise to become one of their regular performers.
As for the rest of the summer, I plan on keeping up with my regular residencies (currently there are nine continuous spots throughout the month), as well as finding new venues around the area. I am still writing new music, and I have plans to begin recording my new album in August!
Be sure to keep up with the LIVE SHOWS section to see when I'm playing next :)
SPRING FUN! (APRIL - MAY '18)
HELLO LOVES! I'm a bit shocked this year is already almost half-way done, and 2018 has definitely been my busiest year so far. The past few months saw me going to L.A, doing a couple radio shows (The Mike Kara Radio Program, and the Texas-based Queen Silvy Show), and playing my usual average of 25 shows a month. Between songwriting, traveling, and planning the next album, it's safe to say the next few months will be even busier!
On May 17, I'll be headed down south to Key Largo for the 2018 Key Largo Original Music Festival! The schedule is posted on their site, as well as mine. I'll be playing at 4 different locations throughout the weekend (and possibly finding some open mics!) I'll be playing mostly new songs that I've written in the past year, but I'll be sure to include some from the album, as well.
Which brings me to the bigger news... this month I'll be beginning the pre-production plans for my new album! The songs are finally finished, and I'm moving on to the demo-recording stage. It takes time to record an album, so this will likely be released later this year (I'm shooting for the winter - maybe near my birthday in December?). There will be 9 tracks, and I'll be teaming up with some great musicians! Keep up with the website and my social media pages (facebook, instagram, twitter, etc.) for updates on that.
Lastly, it's been confirmed that I will be playing with my band at the Tampa Bay Ray's Game on June 10! This will be my second major sporting event (the last was in 2016, where I played at the Yankee's Spring Training game at Steinbrenner Field). Keep up with this website, as well as my social media pages, for pictures and videos from this event!
HELLO, CALI! (FEB-MAR '18)
And hello, February! A month into the new year, I'm already been making some long strides! At the end of January, I attended the National Association of Music Merchants Convention (NAMM) in Anaheim, CA. In addition to performing at the booth for Elite Acoustics (an LA Based audio company), I was able to meet and associate with several music company reps and artists (including a company that is working closely with her go get an endorsement deal). While January was light as far as live shows go (I only played 15 in January compared to my average of 25), it was a very successful month for making connections.
February is bringing opportunities, as well! In the middle of the month, I will be recording for an online radio show called "Indie Insight". The show will be pre-recorded, the link will be posted to this website as soon as it releases. Other plans are being made as far as new venues, new media opportunities (both television and radio), new merchandise, and being invited to the NAMM convention in Nashville, TN this summer. Most importantly, there will be new music being released in the next few months, as well!
In May, I will also be attending the 2018 Key Largo Original Music Festival! Performance dates are TBD, but the festival runs from May 17-20. This will mark my 2nd major out-of-town music for this year.
Cheers to 2018! Playing at the 2018 NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA, for Elite Acoustics.
INTRODUCING 2018! (Dec '17/Jan '18)
Happy 2018! Here's to a look back at 2017, and some exciting news for the new year:
The beginning of 2017 allowed me to venture into new venues and cities - including notable hotels such as Aloft and the Hilton (both in the Bay Area). I was invited to play at a few local community events, such as the Taste of South Tampa, and gatherings at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. By the summer, planning had already begun for my next album, with new material being written and arranged. My album, "A Thing or Two About a Dream", continued to gain radio play, spreading to stations down in Sarasota and Bradenton. In addition to radio play, I was invited to be a guest on a Sarasota-based radio show, "Coffee and Donuts", where I played one of my new originals, "Brave".
While I made some long strides last year, there are big plans for 2018!
January marks my first month working with a professional management team. I have partnered with Now Hear This, Inc. for media relations and promotion. The president, Bruce Wawrzyniak, has graciously offered to help further my notoriety. Plans with NHT include new festivals, new media appearances (television/radio/news), and a stronger online presence through online radios and social media platforms.
Also happening this month, I will be traveling to the west coast to perform at the 2018 NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA! I will be working with Elite Acoustics by performing original music at their booth to promote their sound equipment. NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), is the largest music conference in the U.S, with more than 7,000 companies coming together to trade, perform, sell, and introduce their products.
At the home front, new merchandise is being planned and will be released within the next month. Plans for the first quarter include a professional video, new venues and festivals, and most importantly, new original music! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Be sure to keep up with this website as well for updates on shows, news, and media. Here's to 2018!
Coffee and Donuts (Sept '17)
Debuted September 2nd. I was invited to be on the Sarastoa-based radio show, "Coffee and Donuts". The show airs on five different frequencies across the Sarastoa/Bradenton area. The interview included talks about the music industry, my goals inspirations, etc. Listen until the end.. I debut my new original song, "Brave"! The interview is not available online, but you can download the link below to listen.
MID-YEAR WRAP-UP (SUMMER '17)
Hello friends! It's been a good while since updating you on what has been one of the busiest years in my music so far. Seeing as it is already August, I would like to share some plans for the rest of the year.
1: Merchandise. This was promised months ago, but I have finally found the outlets I need to get what I need done. The stickers are still out, however I willl be adding bracelets, buttons, and even coloring books! All will be available at my live shows. Here's a sneak peak of some of them below:
2: New shows/venues: These are continuous, and there are always live shows being added to the Live Shows part of this website. In addition to the several residencies, I am always adding new venues and new towns.
3. New Media appearances: I was recently invited to be a musical guest on the WSLR (Sarasota-based) radio show, "Coffee and Donuts", that airs twice a week. Shows are pre-recorded, so when the release date for that show is announced, it will be updated on the Home Page of this website. (Links to the show will be provided, as well.)
4. New Opportunities: This is probably the one I can't give as many details for, but there has been talk of some pretty exciting collaborations and business opportunities. It involves a label and a development deal, though that's all I can say for you now.
5. New Songs: After the release of my most recent project (ATOTAAD), I have been trying to develop my writing further to incorporate some different sounds. New songs can always be heard at my live shows, and there are several new ones in the works.
RESIDENCIES AROUND THE BAY (FEB '17)
Kokonut Hut: Bradenton FL: Every Tuesday
Island Time Bar & Grill, Bradenton FL: Every other Monday
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Siesta Key FL: Every other Wednesday
Davidson's Dockside, Tarpon Springs FL: Every other Saturday
Mugs at Icot, Clearwater FL: 1st and 3rd Thursday
Gaspar's Patio & Grill, Tampa FL: 2nd Saturday
Craft Life Brewing, Land O' Lakes FL: 3rd Friday
After becoming a regular performer at these spots, she was offered a set-schedule rotation based on audiences that had been asking when she would return. In between these residencies, she has been continuously invited to return to 10-15 other restaurants and venues that she has been playing since early last year (some of them since 2015). For all of Frankie's upcoming shows, visit the Live Show Schedule page.
In addition to building up her fan base around Florida at her shows, a merchandise line has been in the works and will release later this month-early March. Stickers (which she hands out with CD purchases at her live shows) have already been completed and are a small part of what she has in store.
With residencies locked in and merchandise on the way, Frankie hopes to follow these already-busy two months with more television and radio appearances to add to her resume, and of course, new music! Keep an eye on the Home page of this website (under "Media Appearances"), to see when more media appearances are added.
A snapshot from her Instagram of the new "Www.FrankieRaye.com" stickers.
SUCCESS FOR THE NEW YEAR (DEC '16-JAN '17)
This year is likely to be as successful as the last, with promises for new original music, new festivals, more television and radio appearances, and a schedule that is already filled for the first few months of the year.
At the end of December, Frankie's growing popularity resulted in her being invited to be a part of the Orlando Music Factory's "Independent Artist Series" where she played a new original song and was interviewed about her music career. Also during this month, Frankie was booked to play a holiday show at the Tampa International Airport (video here), which has around 2k views!
Though it will take a lot to top the successes of 2016, Frankie's growing fan base is likely to bring her career even further in 2017. Be sure to check out the Live Show page to keep track of her live shows, and stay tuned for new music.
In the studio at the Orlando Music Factory, filming for episode 3 of "Independent Artist Series"
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS (NOV '17)
Earlier this month, Frankie received an opportunity that was a result of someone seeing her at one of her live shows. She was offered an audition at one of Tampa's largest entertainment companies, Breezin' Entertainment. Her audition went well, and she has already been booked at several large venues, including the Ritz Carlton and the Tampa International Airport (both of which have visitors from all over the world). To find more information on these shows (and the shows Frankie is booking herself), be sure to check the Live Shows page, as well as her Facebook page. Also, keep an eye out for new videos of new songs - Frankie is already starting to gather ideas for her next album!
A snapshot from Frankie's view at the Ritz Carlton. November 2016.
NEW ALBUM HAS ARRIVED (OCT '16)
"A Thing or Two About a Dream" was recorded in Clearwater, FL (the studio was actually owned by a member of the break-out band, Hope Darling). Frankie is featured on vocals, guitar, and ukulele. She joined three other musicians for the album, who she has played live shows with as well: Frank Dancey (drums), Mike Malloy (piano), and Greg Loehr (lead guitar). The album also features Charles N'Bu-Eke on piano and guitar for two of the tracks.
Though this is technically her second album release (her debut album had more independent distribution through her bandcamp page and at her live shows), this is the first time her music is being distributed globally. The widespread distribution will allow her music to be heard internationally, which is a major milestone for Frankie's career.
MEDIA ATTENTION AS CD RELEASE NEARS (AUG '16)
Only a couple months earlier, Frankie was accepted to participate in the Hard Rock Casino's June Acoustic Music Showcase, and event that's sponsored by iHeartRadio, Dean Guitars, and 98Rock. This, of course, was not her first appearance at the notable Seminole Hard Rock Casino, but this time introduced her to the main stage, where she played all originals.
If this all wasn't enough, Frankie was also nominated for "Best Singer/Songwriter" in a popular local magazine that features live music from around the 'Bay area (link here).
Live shows have also begun to increase - Frankie is averaging about 6 shows a week at venues that range from Hernando Beach down to Sarasota (and is gaining followers and repeat bookings at each spot). In addition to the live shows, Frankie was recently invited to play at an all-original songwriters showcase, called Millennial Chill, which includes several well-known artists, including Francesca Ani and Jessica Rose Powell. Media from this event, as well as the others mentioned above, can be found on the Video and Photo pages.
A live shot from the Hard Rock June Acoustic Music Showcase.
BUSY YEAR IN MUSIC (MAY '16)
Earlier in the year, Frankie performed at a Yankees Spring Training game at Steinbrenner Field, which had media coverage from the local radio station, 102.5 The Bone. A few months later, she was accepted to play at the Live Love Local festival in Clearwater. She was accompanied by her full band during both of these events (photos from these performances).
The Frankie Raye fan page continues to gain more likes from areas outside of Florida, and her hits on Soundcloud continue to grow. Be sure to check back for more news, pictures, videos, and Frankie's next CD release!
RADIO DEBUT (NOV '16)
You can hear the radio show for one week only here: Musician's Wanted 88.5
Along with gaining media attention through radio, Frankie has officallly become a full-time musician. Plans for her upcoming CD are being finalized, photoshoots are being scheduled, and she had added several new venues to her schedule that have all agreed to repeat bookings (including a restaurant where she co-hosts an open mic once a week). Information on these shows, including new shows which are being added daily, can be found by checking the live show page.
DEBUT TV APPEARANCE (JUNE '14)
She was invited onto the program after the release of her debut CD, "Chapters". While she discussed her music and her newly developed career, she also talks about non-musical endeavors, which is a testimony to her versatility. The performance included "Perfect Song" (which is proving itself to be the main hit off of the album seeing as it's already been aired on local radio and podcast stations), and a new one that she wrote shortly after her album release.
Videos from her performance can be found on the videos page, or by visiting her Youtube channel.