Singer. Songwriter. Poet. Fashion designer. Entrepreneur. At 27, Francisca Valenzuela is a true multifaceted artist. Born in San Francisco and raised in a Chilean household, Francisca’s been called “Latin America’s most glamorous artist” (Esquire Magazine, Spain) and “One of the newest hit-makers” (New York Times), while her music has been labeled as “an elegant pop that seduces you and then shows its teeth” (La Razón, Spain).
After years of performing in talent shows and hitting the club scene in Santiago, Francisca gained popularity in Chile and Latin America in 2007 after she independently released her first album, Muérdete la Lengua (Bite your Tongue), which went gold and platinum in Chile. Her success solidified with the release of her second album, Buen Soldado (Good Soldier, 2011), which went gold in Chile and featured hit singles as “Quiero Verte Más”, “Qué Sería” and “Buen Soldado”.
After conquering the audiences in her home country, Francisca set herself to take her music beyond the borders. She has traveled the world and taken her songs along with her to Latin America, Spain and the US, and among the audiences who have enjoyed her irresistible energy onstage are the ones at festivals such as Austin City Limits, Arenal Sound, Vive Latino, Pura Vida (Australia), Personal Fest (Buenos Aires, Argentina), International Song Festival of Viña del Mar (Chile), Lollapalooza (Chile, Brazil and Chicago in 2014, where she was the only Chilean artist performing), SXSW, LAMC, MIDEM, the World Expo Shanghai and Corona Capital.
Throughout her years in the circuit, Francisca’s talent has not gone unnoticed by her fellow musicians. Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes counts himself among Francisca’s fans and praised her saying: “She has raw talent and a wonderful voice. I love her lyrics and melodies. She’s got great potential,” (El Mercurio, Chile). Among the artists who have acknowledged Francisca’s craftsmanship and have also shared the spotlight with her are none others than Bono and U2, Miguel Bosé, Taylor Hawkins’ Chevy Metal, Natalia Lafourcade, Ximena Sariñana, Beto Cuevas, Paulinho Moska, Sussie 4, Leonel Garcia, Fernando Cabrera, Inti Illimani, Ana Cañas and Pedro Aznar.
With an eclectic sound, full of synths, electric guitars and a brand new musical landscape, in September 2014 Francisca released her third studio album Tajo Abierto (Sliced Open), edited under Frantastic Records, her own record label and production company of which she’s founder, CEO and Creative Director. In this new LP, Francisca’s lyrics took a darker and more intimate turn. Exposing herself body and soul and knowing herself vulnerable became Tajo Abierto’s leitmotiv which is, according to the singer, tremendously empowering. The uptempo and energetic “Prenderemos Fuego al Cielo” (“We’ll Set the Sky on Fire”), was released as Tajo Abierto’s first single, hitting radios in August 2014 and becoming instantly a fan’s favorite. At the end of 2015 “Prenderemos Fuego al Cielo” was recognized as the Most Played Song of the Year on Chilean radio.
The album’s wide range of musical colors allowed Valenzuela to dominate the charts and surprise fans with six singles, going from muscular synth pop (“Prenderemos Fuego al Cielo”, “Armadura”, “Estremecer”) to indie rock (“Almost Superstars”), powerful ballads (“Insulto”) and trip hop (“Catedral”).
“Insulto” became an anthem for the Chilean LGBT community. Only a couple months after the release of the video for “Insulto”, Francisca Valenzuela presented her own feminist festival, Ruidosa Fest, the first of its kind in South America, establishing her as a social leader in her country. By the end of 2016, Ruidosa Fest had its Mexican version in Ciudad de Mexico and presented a panel conversation in the Latin Grammy week.
She has performed with artists such as Bono and U2, Miguel Bosé, Taylor Hawkin’s Chevy Metal, Natalia Lafourcade, Ximena Sariñana, Beto Cuevas, Paulinho Moska, Sussie 4, Leonel Garcia, Fernando Cabrera, Inti Illimani, Ana Cañas, Pedro Aznar, among many others. Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes has declared himself a big fan of Francisca saying: “She has raw talent and a wonderful voice. I love her lyrics and melodies. She’s got great potential.” (El Mercurio newspaper, Chile)
In addition to her musical career, Francisca has published two books. The first one is a poem collection written in English titled “Defenseless Waters” illustrated by Francisca herself and praised by writer Isabel Allende who also wrote its foreword. The second book is titled “Abejorros/Madurar‚” two short stories published by Plaza y Janes. In 2013, the singer also broke into the fashion business, releasing two clothing lines with Chilean retail brand Foster: Work it! and Look Sharp!
Currently Francisca is an ambassador for the Todo Mejora Foundation (It Gets Better) and has been selected as a Global Shaper –a group of leaders under 30– by the World Economic Forum (WEF).