On Thursday night The Deaf Institute in Manchester was lucky enough to host the talented vocals of Frances, and we at Candid went along to see her in action.
Sophie Frances Cooke, as she is known outside of showbiz, is a talented young singer-songwriter from Berkshire signed to Capitol records. The musician specialises in husky, soulful vocals, with confessional lyrics and astounding piano melodies.
Performing to a sell out crowd, her confidence and comfortable attitude whilst on stage was something truly commendable. It was an acoustic set with only her and a piano and yet she captivated the audience throughout. Making jokes and giving anecdotes between tracks, she is not the conventional pop artist, there is no diva mentality in sight, instead a young girl just playing piano and doing something she is passionate about. It may be daring to say so, but it is difficult not to compare her to Adele; the sort of person who could be a best mate, yet has the ability to cause tears with her beautiful voice.
Although it was a beautiful acoustic set and her performance couldn’t be faulted, it did at times feel like something was missing, especially with her single Borrowed Time. The song, which is co-written and produced by Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence, is a catchy pop record with many of the upbeat dance elements that make Lawrence’s production so great. Without the production it seemed a little flat. This isn’t really a criticism just perhaps personal preference, and the two girls who danced wildly in front certainly didn’t seem affected by the lack of beats. During the set Frances treated the audience to a few new tracks from her upcoming debut album, including a co-write with Hello writer Greg Kurstin and arguably her most well known piece Let it Out.
Overall it was a great performance and she is undeniably a talented artist. Signed by Sam Smith’s management – the man himself was even in attendance – she seems destined for great things, let us hope his Grammy award winning talent rubs off on her, not that she needs it.
Words by Lauren E. Hewitt