Singer-songwriter Staci Frenes is living an independent artist’s dream come
true. Not only is her current CD release, Acoustic Origins, drawing critical
acclaim, but her self-penned tunes are also getting covered by musical
heavyweights and airing on nationally distributed films and major network television
The San Francisco-based artist/songwriter is more than an underground success
with many credits and accolades to her name. With five critically hailed
independent releases on her own label, Longshot Records, Frenes continues to prove
her marketability in a fickle industry. Her distinctive voice and songwriting
prowess have garnered her massive critical acclaim and much respect within
the industry, and the spotlight isn’t unwarranted.
With a background in literature, Frenes’ thoughtful songwritng is not the
stuff for passive listeners. She tackles difficult subjects head-on, wrapping
poetic lyrics in hooks and unforgettable melodies that linger in your brain.
Hearkening influences from blue-eyed soul diva Annie Lennox to folk-popster
Jonathan Brooke, Frenes’ fresh, eclectic spin on acoustic melodic pop have won her a
cross-demographic fan base. Frenes’ five independent albums are diverse on
the surface, but tied together by polished, professional songcraft.
Frenes has been a featured independent artist and her music played on CCM
Radio Magazine, the Salem Radio Network, and XFM radio. Frenes’ sunny, feel-good
modern rockers Believe You and Force of Love are radio staples cementing
Frenes’ relationship with the MTV and VH-1 generation. Her reflective piano ballads
Angel at My Shoulder and Picasso’s Blues have earned awards such as Best Song
in West Coast Songwriter’s Association competitions.
Becker, a Grammy and Dove award winning artist/songwriter/producer has led the
pack. Becker was impressed with Frenes enough to showcase her work as a featured
independent artist on her website, Maggieb.com, later signing Frenes to a
publishing deal with her publishing company, Modern M Music.
Frenes tours behind her albums feverishly. She’s opened for many award
winning artists including Grammy nominee, Kathy Troccoli (Billboard’s Top Twenty
Adult Contemporary Artist of the year (1992), Charlie Peacock, Out of the Grey,
Margaret Becker, and Russ Lee, and has performed on television, at many high
profile festivals, conferences, concert halls, coffeehouses and churches.
Frenes’ work has also appeared on many motion picture soundtracks, and she’s
currently written a track for the film, Six, starring Eric Roberts and Stephen
Baldwin. Several of her songs have aired on shows like CBS’ Emmy Award
winning series, The Young and The Restless. She has also contributed to EMI’s Dove
Award winning compilation, Heaven and Earth, released on Sparrow Records. She
also landed the title track for Dove Award winner/Grammy Nominee, Sheila
Walsh’s Hope album. Several of Frenes’ songs appear on compilations recorded for the
best-selling National Women’s conference, Women of Faith.
Beyond songwriting and performing, Frenes is an active representative of the
international relief organization, World Vision, raising awareness for the
work it does with impoverished children in over 100 countries. Her involvement is
recognized by World Vision as one of their Top 20 Artist representatives
effectively soliciting sponsorships for children in these countries.
Frenes continues to establish herself as one of the strongest and most
resilient female voices in modern pop and adult contemporary music.