Singer/Songwriter and Musician
Frances Ancheta is a Filipina American singer/songwriter and acoustic musician from San Francisco. Her musical style has been described by many as “thoughtful, eclectic acoustic folk and indie pop/rock” and “tropical new wave folk”. Frances has released three albums to date, most recently her first album in 8 1/2 years "Hidden Gems". Her music has garnered international independent and internet radio airplay in the US, Canada, UK, and Spain. Frances performs both original songs and her own interpretation of covers. As a creative arts therapist and cancer survivor, Frances definitely has experienced how music heals the soul, and she values music’s ability to help people understand the world around them, to connect with others, and to heal.
LISTEN, STREAM, AND PURCHASE FRANCES' MUSIC
Physical CDs of Hidden Gems and Patterns
Physical copies of Frances' latest album Hidden Gems (as well as her previous album Patterns) are also for sale.
$15 (includes shipping)
You can pay by:
Cash or check (payable to Frances Becker)
Contact/e-mail Frances directly in the link below to purchase CDs. Please include:
Album title (s)
Name and mailing address
Virtual Online Concerts
Frances Ancheta FB Musician Page
(Once/month on Fridays)
Quaranpalooza (as a regular performer)
Women of Substance Radio Podcast
Wed 4/15/20--Show #1082
"Strong Brave Soul" featured
Fri 4/24/20--Show #1086
"Time Will Make It Flow" featured
Week of 5/4-5/10/20--Mother's Day Series
"Little Critter" featured
Fri 10/22/21--Show #1294--Music with a Conscience Series
"Time Will Make it Flow" featured
Pinoy Rock USA Weekly Podcast
Episode 7--"Time Will Make it Flow" featured
Online Interviews and Press Releases
Pinoy Rock USA
Our Heart Speaks
(As featured on Artist PR, Music and Arts, Inc., Indie Music Reviews)
Music Tells A Story
Music has always been there for Frances. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Frances has absorbed all the eclectic sounds around her--Filipino folk songs, classical, world, Latin, old school R&B, pop standards/crooners, show tunes, 80s and 90s new wave, postpunk, and indie rock, acapella, 60s and 70s folk artists and singer/songwriters. She gains meaning and satisfaction as a composer and performer, as well as helping others heal by providing therapeutic music in clinical settings. As a breast cancer survivor and the mother of a special needs child, she definitely tries to practice what she preaches about staying well through doing one's passions. She has released three albums--"Now We're Here" in 2008, "Patterns" in 2011, and "Hidden Gems" in 2020.
The album "Hidden Gems" explores themes of hidden lessons and inspirations in experiences and in people during the life journey. Expect Frances' signature thoughtful and eclectic indie folk pop/rock style, with more of a full band sound. The album was recorded at Tape Vault Studio, at the legendary Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. The album was produced by Chris von Sneidern, with Gavin Jones on bass, and Matt Sather and Bill Moya on drums.
Frances' songs have been played on independent and internet radio stations in the U.S., Canada, England, and Spain. Always trying to find inspiration for writing new songs in her daily life. We all have a story that's worth telling.
Frances is proud to be affiliated with the following non-profit organizations:
Fiona’s Project (which uses music to bring awareness and prevention of childhood sexual abuse):
West Coast Songwriters Association: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/
American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/
National Alliance for Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/
Music and Memory: https://musicandmemory.org/
Fil-Am Bay Area: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FilAmBayArea/
Now We're Here
Call That Music Magazine
A really sweet West Coast Sound for sure is present here...All in all, “Hidden Gems” is a good release. It seems like a well produced album, the mixes are decent and it sounds professionally done. For those of you looking for some nice chill tunes for your playlist, this is the album you want to check out! Nicely done Frances!
Tuned Out Loud Magazine
There is a sumptuous, lush feeling to “Hidden Gems” that recalls early American singer-songwriter and folk music, yet it has a modern twist. I really love her sense of tone; there is such longing and desire in her voice and words that I find it nearly impossible to not be moved every single time...
Woke Chimp Music Blog
Although the rhythmic intensity and stylistic shifts in melodic mood change from track to track, there is an underlying tone of new wave folk that emanates throughout this album; primarily carried by the soft yet emotive tone of Frances’ vocal performance. Her passion is tangibly felt through her gentle vocal color throughout the album.
Hellhound on My Trail
San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Frances Ancheta belongs to the post-Generation X side of the acoustic-pop coin, absorbing the influence of not only traditional folk music but the edgy British college rock of the mid-to-late '80s. These influences inform her approach...which marries the coffeehouse calmness of folk with the brittle emotions of classic alternative music.
Frances has enough pop influence to make her easily accessible but brings some more global beats and influences that make her much more interesting and surprising. Her unique way of bringing different influences together separates her out from the masses.
Warlock Asylum International News
This 11-track masterpiece is a stirring offering from Ancheta that uniquely encompasses her craftiness in composing inventive melodies and taste of stirring hymns. Hidden Gems possesses an acute organic richness that comes to life through bare instrumentation and genuine talent.
Dancing About Architecture
Her soft, soulful voice, soft jazz infusions, folky lilts and graceful musical demeanour, it’s all here...Hidden Gems is actually just that, an album full of soft, sonic textures and deft songwriting, delicacy and songs which are classics in the making.
The Band Camp Diaries
Frances Ancheta is a singer and songwriter who recently released a new album, “Hidden Gems.” The project features 11 songs, and what’s special about the setlist is that every track has a completely different approach, giving the audience a brand new perspective on what it is like to make music with an open mind and a lot of creativity.