A 'rising star of jazz and blues' . . . and described by ABC Jazz’s Mal Stanley as a talented young vocalist and pianist and ‘one to watch’, Frances is one of the classiest young entertainers and songwriters Australia has produced in recent times.
Frances’ live shows feature her own original tunes – irresistible swing, beautiful ballads and smokey blues – along with her distinctive take on timeless classics.
Frances performs around Australia at leading jazz clubs, festivals and events. Her eight-piece band features some of the country's most talented jazz musicians. Frances has supported leading international artists visiting Australia including the legendary Dionne Warwick and Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter. She has also performed internationally including the respected JZ Club in Shanghai.
Frances captivates her audiences with a combination of her genuinely warm stage presence along with a voice and style that are uniquely her own. She is a talented songwriter so when she performs her own swinging tunes and beautiful ballads, they merge seamlessly with the timeless classics she covers. As James Morrison put it: “Frances has a wonderful feeling for jazz and blues standards but what makes her a real stand-out are her original songs and unique style”.
Frances’ first studio album If This Were a Dream which includes eight original tracks and five classic covers debuted at #5 on the ARIA Jazz charts and is available on most digital platforms. She also recently released a live album taken from shows at The Basement and Foundry616 in Sydney. Both albums are available as CDs from the Buy page on this site.
Frances undertakes selective pro bono charity work. Her recent commitments have included performances for Tour de Cure and Shine at the Opera House for Autism Awareness. Frances was recently announced as the Fine Music 102.5 FM Stefan Kruger Scholar for 2017. She is currently working her second studio album.
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. . . to me, my original songs are like children. Each one comes from somewhere with its own unique character and personality. My job is to find that, to bring it out and express it as best I can, then let it find its own way in the world.
We were so impressed with Frances and her music that we invited her to record an album in the studio. She has a wonderful feeling for jazz and blues standards but what makes her a real stand-out are her original songs and unique style . . .
Frances is one of Australia's most exciting young entertainers. Each time she plays here she brings a capacity crowd into The Basement and every person in the house loves her special mix of jazz, blues and classics. Catch her in Australia before she gets taken off to the USA or Europe.
Dominique Robinson, Co-owner, The Basement
A talented young vocalist and pianist on the Sydney scene. One to watch and I look forward to her upcoming album . . .
Mal Stanley, ABC Jazz
Frances' music is a river of original and heartfelt material, truly a creative force not just in the jazz idiom, but as a genuine contemporary songwriter to keep an ear out for . . .
Matt Bailey, Presenter, Jazz Vibes, Fine Music 102.5 FM.
She may be just in her mid twenties, but Frances Madden is surely what some would call “an old soul”. There’s no other way to explain the ease with which she comes up with songs that seem to come from the golden age of jazz. A sparkling pianist, with a bluesy attitude and a flair for bossa, she is also blessed with a sweet, sexy and breezy voice. In her first album ‘If this were a dream’, her refreshing, original songs are paired with some perennial jazz classics in a way that seems surprisingly natural.
Nikos Fotakis, Editor, Australianjazz.net
The new album by Frances Madden titled ‘If This Were a Dream’ impressed me more than most debut albums do. Frances has an individual expressive ability, a musical professionalism, a good feel for swing in jazz and she plays fine piano. I'm certain we'll be hearing a good deal more of Frances in the future . . .
John McBeath, Jazz Critic for 'The Australian'
Five stars out of Five. Her piano work is harmonious and rhythmic . . . her original tunes demonstrate musical maturity . . . delicate and uncluttered . . . and when you compare them with tried and tested standards you realise how developed and mature her composing is . . . a wonderful performer.
Jeannie McInnes, Fine Music Magazine.
We hit the jackpot with Frances Madden. The band were a huge hit and we would love to have her back at Manly Jazz again . . .
Caroline Speight, Artistic Director, Manly Jazz Festival
It is quite easy to forecast a very bright future for Frances in the music industry. She combines excellent skills as a pianist, singer, composer arranger and, importantly, as a bandleader. A very rare combination. She could be a blessing for anyone attempting to turn the attention of young people towards jazz. Here first concert at Devonport was so successful she was made to add several encores. The audience hadn't had enough even after two hours and forty minutes! Quite a few of them came back again the next evening to see her again and were once more reluctant to let her finish the show. It was a pleasure to have her with us at the Devonport festival. If she were a horse in a race, I would put all my money on her without fear!
Viktor Zappner, Artistic Director, Devonport Jazz Festival
Frances Madden is a breath of fresh air. Her treatment of classic jazz songs is respectful, yet Frances lends her own unique style to them. While her own compositions maybe new to your ears, they are written as to seem comfortable and familiar, as though you have been listening to them and loving them for years.
Maree Brodzinkski, Coordinator, Devonport Jazz Festival
Frances Madden's voice has both purity and pathos - a rare quality in one so young. A dynamic and gifted singer . . .
Frances has charisma on stage and the band are great live. She is also a natural in front of the camera . . .
Wayne Borg, Managing Director, Fox Studios Australia