Marie-Paule Franke comes from a musical family. Her father was a Jewish/German cellist and played freelance in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Therefore, from an early age she was immersed in classical music and learned to play the piano. As a young-adult, she began to sing and soon -in a roundabout way through pop, rock, funk and chanson- Jazz became her favorite genre. In the Eighties and Nineties she took singing lessons with David Linx at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium, and took master classes with Judy Niemack. She took jazz-orchestration and -arrangement with Freddie Sunder, when jazz for vocalists first appeared on the syllabus. She sang in several bands and also appeared on a one-time recording with the BRT big band from Brussels, conducted by Freddy Sunder, just before it disbanded. She is not only a versatile vocalist but has also written her own compositions and lyrics for several years. One of her songs, ‘Blue the reunion’ features in a scene of the movie ‘Someone Else’s Wedding’ by Pat Kiely (release on the Whistler filmfestival (Canada), November 29 in 2018).
Over the years Marie-Paule 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 Joni Mitchell, made a great impression on her. These influences can be found in her work.
‘Marie-Paule Franke and her Dreamband’ was created in 2010 from the desire to develop her own music and to be accompanied by musicians who share the same inspirations. The collaboration with Erik Vermeulen and Jouni Isoherranen led to the release of the album ‘ Tales from a Lonely Room ‘(March 2014), and crowns her work and experience to date.