In the almost four years since the release of her debut CD, Till The Wheels Fall Off, Moncton’s yodeling sweetheart Francelle Maria has been anything but dormant.
In addition to numerous television appearances, including serving as the host on Rogers TV “La Country Show”, Francelle has maintained a schedule of approximately 175 shows per year.
Francelle Maria celebrates the release of her newest album La p’tite Acadienne with a free performance at Moncton’s Empress Theatre next Wednesday evening, the road to her newest record was an exciting venture for the young singer.
In early 2012, Francelle made the Top 40 cut of the sole broadcast season of Canada’s Got Talent. Even though she didn’t go home with the grand prize in the end, she credits the show as having helped make inroads for her in the industry as well as with fans:
“I got so much in the way of exposure from the program,” she says. “I have been a full-time musician since the release of my first album. To have an opportunity like this seemed like a bit of a once in a lifetime thing. Being in the competition was great regardless of whether or not I walked away the winner.”
In addition to the recognition that Canada’s Got Talent brought her, the show also helped Francelle’s confidence soar when it came to steering her own ship. With her first record, she had a hand in writing two of the album’s songs where on La p’tite Acadienne, she wrote eight of the tracks.
A French-language record, the album’s first single, “La p’tite Acadienne” was released in September 2013 and received airplay on more than 50 radio stations across Canada.
“The biggest changes between records were much more within me. With the experience of my first record and Canada’s Got Talent behind me, I felt much more confident this time around. I wanted to be more hands-on with the making of this album. Having listened to more than 500 songs in the time leading up to the making of La p’tite Acadienne, I knew what I was looking for in my songs.
“Songs that come from the heart always hit me the hardest. Mind you, it doesn’t mean that they will be hits but it is definitely the best approach. I think you can drive yourself a little crazy if you start trying to please everyone else first. I made it a point to make sure that I was happy first and foremost.”
What: Francelle Maria CD Release For La p’tite Acadienne
When: Wednesday Mar. 26, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Empress Theatre, Robinson Court, Downtown Moncton
Admission is free and open to all ages