The most engaging way I know to express my heart and soul is through music and my own unique instrument, my voice
From an early age, Marie-Paule Franke was immersed in classical music, mostly because of her father who was a Jewish/German cellist and played freelance in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She soon learned to play the piano and as a young-adult, she began to sing.
In a roundabout way through pop, rock, funk and chanson, jazz became her favorite genre.
In the nineties she took singing lessons with David Linx at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium) and later master classes with the jazz vocalist Judy Niemack.
She has sung in several bands and is not only a versatile vocalist but also writes her own compositions and lyrics. Over the years she has developed a very personal style. The meeting between classical music, rock, pop and influences of jazz icons such as Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter, can be felt in her work.
In 2010 she recorded her first album in collaboration with Erik Vermeulen (piano) and Jouni Isoherranen (electric bass). This collaboration,under the name 'Marie-Paule Franke and her Dreamband', led to the release of the album 'Tales from a Lonely Room' (March 2014).
This april she finalized her album ‘Clouds’ which contains nine of her own compositions. The album was produced by multiple Grammy award winner John Benitez and recorded in the Mozart studio in New York. The musicians she worked with for this album are John Benitez (arrangements, electric bass and double bass), Fred De Christófaro (tenor and alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet), Norbert Stachel (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet, bass flute),
Jim Ridl (acoustic piano and Hammond B3 organ), Francis Benitez (drums and percussion) and last but not least Kostadin Kamcev (mixing and mastering).
The album that resulted from Marie-Paule Franke's collaboration with these wonderful virtuosos will be released shortly!
You can listen to Tango of a Lonely Room already!
Debuut CD van Marie-Paule Franke
Vocals: Marie-Paule Franke
Piano: Erik Vermeulen
Bass: Jouni Isoherranen
‘Lent’ Voice on the tango: Erwin Libbrecht
Recording / Producing / Mastering: Erwin Libbrecht
Foto: © Mina Van Elewyck
Vocals: Marie-Paule Franke
Trumpet: Sam Vandekerckhove
Djembé, Kora: Moussa Dembele
Keys: Mattias Vanhoecke
Electric bass: Jouni Isoherranen
Double Bass: Pieter Mortier
Drums: Armando Luongo
CD Cover / Design: Patrick Cattoir
"Love is Not All", with such a melodic open and free approach is beatific and soothing. Thanks so much for your artistry. I look forward to the opportunity to hear you live."
Christopher Dean Sullivan, New York
De stem van Marie-Paule klinkt soms ontroerend breekbaar en bij momenten doet haar frasering denken aan een musical- of zelfs cabaretzangeres. De sterkte van dit album is dat het bij iedere beluistering nog iets meer prijsgeeft.”
Jos Demol – Jazz’Halo
Het plezier straalt van elke song af. Met haar lastige melodieen en teksten. waarin ze zonder overgang van de ene taal naar de andere overschakelt, heeft deze zangeres een geheel eigen stijl. Maar wel een die doordrenkt is met jazz.
Hessel Fluitman – Jazzflits nummer 217