Pauline Frechette - Voices Music Interview

PaulineFrechette is a contemporary composer/performer. Her music is best defined as “Neo-classical” which is defiend as “The use of modern techniques within the classical form composing music that reflects one’s own compositional voice.” Her work has been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pauline has sung on film scores and with many legendary artists including Paul McCartney, Beck, Cher, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Muse etc. As a performer she is a a contemporary poet-musician who takes her audience on an emotional journey, moving effortlessly from her original piano compositions to romantic jazz and humorous theatrical songs. Pauline’s solo piano album "An Intimate Story” received rave reviews, debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Classical and Classical Cross-over charts, and is on the Grammy 2021 ballot. Her critically acclaimed album, "Colors of My Heart,” debuted in Billboard’s Top Ten Classical and Jazz charts. Her music is currently played in over 150 countries to millions of listeners and has over 10 million hits collectively on Spotify, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, iTunes and Amazon.

What is your earliest memory of music? And, how did you get started in music? My father was a musician, so I remember sitting at the piano on his lap learning to play melodies when I was a toddler. So I was playing piano and creating music from the time I was 5 and then I started on violin at 7. I had ten brothers and sisters and we all played at least 2 instruments, so there was always a lot of practicing music going on in our house. What was the first song you ever wrote? What or who inspired you to start writing music? The first one I remember was "My Boat." I wrote it on my guitar and performed it in clubs along with a lot of other original songs of mine when I was in my early teens.

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Do you play any instruments? If yes tell us about it. If not, do you work with a band or studio musicians? Do you produce your tracks or work with a producer? I play violin, cello, guitar, and piano. I had a rock band in the mid-80s - Vogue 2000. Now I play with various other musicians as needed. What is your favorite part about being an artist (performing, recording, writing, playing)? I like composing and performing the best.

Do you have any advice for young women pursuing music?

If music is your passion, work hard and be persistent. Don't waste time trying to be "a star" enjoy the creating and know that the journey is everything. For readers who have never heard your music, can you suggest one or two songs to start with?

I''ve created so much music in so many genres, it's difficult to just suggest one or two songs. But, if you love romantic vocal songs I'd suggest "Love in the Afternoon" which features Stanley Clarke on Bass. For an instrumental with full orchestra "Jewel Box Fantasy" or solo piano "I Dream of Old Russia" or "Ice Storm" both on my "An Intimate Story" album.

What do you think your strengths are as an artist?

I think my main gift as an artist is "composer." I can express myself the deepest and easiest when I compose music. Second, I think I am a great performer because I love performing and love my audiences. I've been performing for all sorts of people since I was a toddler and have always loved it!

Tell us where fans can access your music.

My website , Spotify or on Reverbnation.

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