Frances Ancheta

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.


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Physical CDs and Streaming of Hidden Gems

Physical copies of Frances' latest album Hidden Gems (as well as her previous album Patterns) are also for sale. You can buy them directly from Frances through PayPal for $15 which includes shipping.


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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 had a fun and successful album release party for Hidden Gems at The Laundry in San Francisco, and raised money for the American Cancer Society!

Hidden Gems is available now on:


Apple Music



Google Play

iHeart Radio


YouTube Music


Frances' Facebook Live Concerts

June 29, 2020

Based on your wonderful feedback, Frances now performs her weekly Friday Noon Time Tunes on Facebook Live! Come join Frances during your lunch hour every Friday at 12:15PM Pacific Time for a solo acoustic concert of covers and originals. 

Check out Frances' Facebook page for all of the performances so far:

Positive Album Reviews for Frances' Latest Release Hidden Gems

March 31, 2020

The positive reception of Hidden Gems has been amazing! Frances' latest release has been reviewed by 10 different online music magazines and blogs:

Tuned Loud Magazine

Woke Chimp Music Blog

Skope Magazine

Call That Music

Daily Music Roll

Beach Sloth Music Blog

Nova Music Blog

Warlock Asylum International News

Dancing About Architecture

The Band Camp Diaries

Frances' Songs on the Radio!

April 13, 2020

Frances' songs from her latest album Hidden Gems was featured on the 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

Frances' song "Time Will Make It Flow" was featured on Episode 7 of Pinoy Rock USA's Weekly Podcast!

Frances' Online Interviews

June 29, 2020

Frances had the pleasure of being interviewed for the following magazines and websites, with more to come during the year:

Jamsphere Magazine:

Skope Magazine:

Jimmy Rae Meets Frances Ancheta, A Real Life Warrior & Champion

Pinoy Rock USA:

Our Heart Speaks:



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:

American Cancer Society:

National Alliance for Mental Illness:

Music and Memory:

Fil-Am Bay Area:


Now We're Here




Hidden Gems


Press and Music Reviews

More press and music reviews at Frances' EPK:

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.



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