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Singer/Songwriter and Musician

Frances Ancheta

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. 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.


News and Updates


Frances' New Album, Hidden Gems, Out Now!

After an 8 1/2 year recording hiatus, Frances has released her third album of original music, entitled Hidden Gems. The album 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 is produced by Chris Von Sneidern, with Gavin Jones on bass, and Matt Sather and Bill Moya on drums.

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Frances' album release party is on Saturday 1/25 at The Laundry in San Francisco, benefitting The American Cancer Society! 


On and On and On

Press Play

This was me back in 2008 when I performed my song "On and On and On" at Mevio Studios in San Francisco, CA.


The Keeper of the Stories of Your Life (Live Acoustic)

Demo recorded1/18 by Gavin Jones at Duvateen Sound.


You and I (Live Acoustic)

Demo recorded 1/18 by Gavin Jones at Duvateen Sound.


You've Got Me (Live Acoustic)

A re-recorded version of one of my songs from my first album "Now We're Here". Recorded 1/18 by Gavin Jones.



Music Tells A Story

Music has always been there for me. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I've absorbed all the eclectic sounds around me--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. I gain 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, I try to practice what I preach and do the things that make me happy!  I've released three albums--"Now We're Here" in 2008, "Patterns" in 2011, and "Hidden Gems" in 2020. My 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 my daily life. We all have a story that's worth telling.

I am proud to partner with the non-profit Fiona’s Project, which uses music to bring awareness and prevention of childhood sexual abuse.


In addition to partnering with Fiona’s Project, I am also proud to be affiliated with the following organizations:

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/




Musician Reviews


Wildy's World

Sings With a Lot of Heart

Ancheta's music has a mellow vibe to it that is a cross between
Sarah McLachlan and Lisa Loeb...Ancheta is a sweet-voiced folky singer/songwriter who sings with a lot of heart.

Hellhound on My Trail

Frances Ancheta injects alternative flavor into folk, acoustic pop

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.

Skope Magazine: Music Up Close with Janie

Songs stand on their merits –

Playing guitar and singing, she often invites guest musicians on bass and percussion, but mostly her style is uncluttered, letting her songs stand on their merits. Her full-length debut CD, Now We’re Here, has had air play on independent radio stations around the world.