Valerie Francis performed at Googies on Friday night as part of the CMJ showcases. She has an incredible voice that’s smooth and soulful. Soft and light, when Francis sings it looks effortless. From Ireland, Francis made the journey to Manhattan’s Lower East Side to perform for a dedicated crowd. A rainbow of bells sat lined up on the white Googies piano, while an accordion perched beside. Francis plays with an assortment of instruments to create her fluid harmonies. She strings lyrics together beautifully, each song carefully crafted. A collection of emotional and poetic strains. A voice that will have you spellbound from start to finish, Francis stands out from the crowd. Kanye West has even fallen under her spell, blogging about the song “Punches” on his Web site.
Watch the video for “Punches” and be sure to check out her album Slow Dynamo!