London singer, lyricist and composer Franka De Mille has finally released her debut album ‘Bridge The Roads’ on Chi Wara Music.
In late 2007, following a full recovery from being hospitalised, Franka teamed up with Scottish producer Christian Fontana to create ‘Bridge The Roads’. In line with the ‘analogue quality in a digital age’ theme, two songs, ‘Fallen’ and the title track ‘Bridge the Roads’, were recorded live.
They put together an eclectic and talented team of eight musicians from all over the world: English Blues-man Steve Morrison, Polish Cellist Dorota Gralewska, French classical violinist Deborah Gruman, Australian folk violinist Chris Stone, Globe-trotting multi-instrumentalist Paul Tkachenko, Norwegian Flautist & Pianist Ragnhild Loken, Dutch bassist Cyriel Diels and Argentinian drummer Mannie Mazzeo.
The ambitious nature of the production and the meticulousness of her compositions meant that the album took two years to complete.
Finally Franka'a music is now available for all to buy and a very emotional album it is. You can hear the years of pent up frustration finally being released and her haunting voice is complemented by the inspired choice of violin, cello, accordion, mandolin and flute, interwoven with guitars and piano, adding a depth to each composition.
Please listen to some of the tracks on MySpace
and check out her website