Exclusive Single Premiere:
Francesca de Valence Phoenix Rising (2017)
September 22 2017
Francesca de Valence’s latest offering Phoenix Rising is so much more than the gentle sound of birds rousing you from slumber. Showcasing all the different facets of not only an incredible voice but a nuanced and thoughtful songwriter, Francesca has uncovered and invited us into a darker, moody and yet ultimately triumphant expression. As the song develops, gears shifting cleverly between major and minor it builds with thoughtful production supporting its trajectory; the repeated tension paying off with a massive full soprano chorus release. Showcasing Francesca’s powerful and liquid like soprano - the song unfolds taloned and ominous, but always with promise on the horizon, always the flames burning distant and clear in the darkness, for the massive chorus and its triumphant rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes.
Written as part of I Heart Songwriting Club, Phoenix Rising was Francesca's response to the theme “birds” with the additional guideline of whistling, which transformed to the ‘operatic’ bridge section in the final recording. The track was recorded by one half of Saint-Hughs, Nick O’Donnell and the music video directed by Daryl Lee Irvine glorifies Francesca’s creative vision. The emblazoned music video features future 2018 Commonwealth Games weightlifting star, Alyce Stephenson and twin Emma Cervetto as duo lyra aerialists, Francesca as the rising phoenix, and a very fine team of artists who created the look of these striking characters including Rebecca Anthony, Jodie Taylor, Shy Designs, and international fashion label based in Brisbane, Black Milk Clothing.
Phoenix Rising is available from all digital stores from September 22.
Level Up Club is our online mentor program for emerging singer-songwriters to level up in their music business and take their songs from the bedroom to the stage and the radio. Led by established professional and practicing artists and songwriters.
“ I Heart Songwriting club connected me to songwriters all over the country.
It can be so isolating being a solo artist and I Heart Songwriting Club gave me a platform to share ideas and songwriting
strategies and the inspiration to write so many more songs! One of these songs, Subtle Surrender, I ended up recording
and releasing, and has been played on national radio. It got me out of my creative comfort zone in a very positive,
low pressure sort-of-way! I highly recommend it! ”
“ I Heart Songwriting Club got me back into the habit of creating - regularly! As someone who can get a bit lost in all of the options, being given a theme to write to has been so freeing. In simply creating every week, I found the joy in writing again - and with this has come a whole lot of songs I'm so excited to share! ”