Heart’s De­light singer re­leases first CD

Heart’s De­light singer re­leases gospel CD

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Fran­cie Barrett of Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton has al­ways en­joyed mu­sic. It’s some­thing she can trace back to her days singing in church as a child. Now with some help from fam­ily-friend Glenn Simmons of Won­der­ful Grand Band and The Fables fame, she’s re­al­iz­ing her dream of re­leas­ing a gospel al­bum.

Mu­sic was a big part of Fran­cie Barrett’s up­bring­ing. She fondly re­mem­bers go­ing to church with her mom Linda Soo­ley be­fore she even knew how to read and want­ing des­per­ately to sing in the choir.

“When I got old enough to get in the choir and I ac­tu­ally re­ally en­joyed it,” said Barrett, who lives in Par­adise and grew up in Heart’s De­light.

While at­tend­ing church ser­vices be­came less com­mon­place for Barrett as she grew older and started at­tend­ing univer­sity, she’s re­mained spir­i­tual with­out ty­ing her faith to any par­tic­u­lar Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tion. Now Barrett is shar­ing that faith with oth­ers through the re­lease of a 10-song CD she recorded in Ho­peall with well-known New­found­land singer and song­writer Glenn Simmons.

“Songs of Faith” fea­tures gospel tunes that should be fa­mil­iar to many, like “Gen­tle Woman,” “How Great Thou Are” and “Amaz­ing Grace.” Mu­si­cally, th­ese tracks cover a va­ri­ety of gen­res, in­clud­ing blue­grass and country.

“I’ve al­ways had th­ese 10 tracks that I did. I re­ally loved them and I’ve al­ways kind of had it on my bucket list to do,” said Barrett.

She’s known Simmons through her fam­ily for a long time and man­aged to get into his home stu­dio to work on the al­bum. Simmons han­dled the ar­range­ments and all in­stru­men­ta­tion.

“Glenn re­ally coached me along and he brought life back into ev­ery one of th­ese songs and hymns,” she said.

This be­ing her first time work­ing in a record­ing stu­dio, Barrett wasn’t used to nine­hour ses­sions ded­i­cated to get­ting per­fect vo­cal takes.

“It was a lot of hard work, but I wouldn’t change any­thing.”

Per­form­ing “Amaz­ing Grace” on the al­bum was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial for Barrett, hav­ing sung it pre­vi­ously at the fu­neral of her fa­ther, Bob Barrett, and an event in Cape Race mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the sink­ing of the Ti­tanic.

“My mom has been a very big sup­porter of all this, and I’m sure my dad would have been too, and his mom, my grand­mother,” she said. “We were al­ways singing at our house.”

Her love of per­form­ing ex­tends be­yond mu­sic. She’s acted in theatre pro­duc­tions and ap­peared in film and tele­vi­sion as an ex­tra while liv­ing in Bri­tish Columbia. That in­cluded some work on “The XFiles.”

“Songs of Faith” is avail­able for sale at Fred’s Records in St. John’s. Her record­ing of “Gen- tle Woman” can also be found on YouTube by search­ing “Fran­cie Barrett” and “Songs of Faith.”

Barrett will per­form in Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton Satur­day, May 28 at the Fish­er­man’s Hall for a CD re­lease event.

Peo­ple look­ing for more in­for­ma­tion about the event can con­tact Barrett through her Face­book page.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Fran­cie Barrett re­cently re­leased her de­but CD “Songs of Faith,” a col­lec­tion of gospel songs dear to her heart.

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