Marie-Paule Franke

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).

Since then has been teasing and exploring her vocal limits even more freely.


Tales from a Lonely Room

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

New Release: All Is Love

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

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Jul 2018

"Such a soothing voice"

"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 opporgunity to hear you live."

Christopher Dean Sullivan, New York

Jun 2014

"Sfeervolle debuut-cd"

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

Apr 2014

"Lekker eigenwijze muziek"

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


31st of March 2019
Releaseconcert 05:00 PM - Pingouin, Koningin Astridplein 42 Eeklo
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