Fran King

Fran King


Melody driven pop / rock.... healthy helping of Powerpop.


"Beautification" is the critically acclaimed debut solo album from Dublin Pop / Rock Artist Fran King. The album has received rave reviews since its release in Ireland in June 2005. Fran is a former member of Beach , who scored a top twenty hit in 1997 with their debut single. Fran left the band in summer 1999 to pursue a solo career and commence work on his debut album. He's worked with many talented people along the way, including the worlds most successful producer, Sir George Martin, with whom he performed three sell out shows in Dublins National Concert Hall with a full orchestra in October 1999. He's guested in the past in the Studio / Live with: Brendan Benson, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), David Mead, Tears for Fears, Texas, World Party, Sugababes name only a few. He's completed two short film soundtracks (one with Duncan Maitland, his good friend and producer whos worked with the likes of XTC & Colin Hare of sixties legends The Honeybus). One of these soundtracks won a top award in Italy! Fran's a seasoned musician & performer who's played to an estimated 70,000 people @ O2 in the Park in summer 2004, as well as every major venue in Ireland. He's just returned from a very successful run of shows in New York ( Beautification has already sold out four times on-line in America since his return!). He's a regular visitor to the Big Apple, a lot of the album was penned there. In May 2006 Fran appeared to an estimated television audience of 1.8 Billion in Athens, Greece, as part of Irish singer songwriter Brian Kennedy's band in an international song festival. A second single from his album was released in August Ireland. It's titled "fine day", and will also be available on-line (Keep an eye out on his My Space profile for an exclusive look at the video). Summer 2006 was spent both on the road and in the Studio, bringing Beautification to a new audience and test driving some new songs. Two successful North American tours ended 2006. 2007 begins with Fran back in the studio recording a Lullaby album with American Artist Nancy Falkow. Another American tour in May, followed by recording sessions for album no: 2 in June. Below are a number of links where you can purchase this fine record.. The official Fran King homepage is located at: Recent Press / Media Reviews: "Sun kissed shimmery pop/rock, equal parts Brendan Benson & Elvis Costello with old school love songs, infectious.."- HOT PRESS "Sublimely beautiful songs that slow burn their way to your heart"- DUBLIN MAIL "Somewhat of a rarity these days, strong melodies, a very fine debut.."- DAILY MIRROR "He had me after the album's beautiful intro, worthy of international exposure.." - ECHO "I like the sound of this CD. A very dry vocal sound brings to mind Emitt Rhodes and McCartney. Great melodies and chord changes prevail on this CD. I especially like " Misunderstood". Well done to Fran."- Steve ( MELODY MAGAZINE,U.S.A. ) "Sophisticated adult pop, If youre a fan of David Mead & Neil Finn, you'll love this record, one of my top twenty of 2005"- ABSOLUTEPOWERPOP.COM "King has the ability to teach doctoral studies in pop craftsmanship"- NOTLAME.COM


When you come around

Written By: (c) Fran King

If I said you had a nerve to come around, 'cause it's much too late to try,
said you thought about things all the sleepless night, well I guess we learn the hard way, I don't think this thing was ever meant to last, let's just leave it in the past..
I'll make believe my heart is dead, when you come around, I won't let you wreck my head, when you come around, it seems to me this thing we had is over now..
You've made your mark on this heart I will take the blame, Well it's easier than lying, I'll take some comfort in the things that people say, if it stops this fool from crying...
I don't think this thing was ever meant to last, let's just leave it in the past....


"Beautification" (Head Space Records HSFK01) 2005
first single from album "Never Enough" june 2005
Second single from album "fine day" May 2007

Set List

Fine day
I come undone
Two souls
Maine (exit 35)
Save it (for another day)
Things will never be the same again
Never enough
Dearly Departed
Beautification (theme)
Prodigal sunshine