Heart’s Delight singer releases first CD
Heart’s Delight singer releases gospel CD
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.
Francie Barrett recently released her debut CD “Songs of Faith,” a collection of gospel songs dear to her heart.