Saturday, June 16 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.
RI PrideFest & 36th Anniversary Celebration
South Water Street, Providence. (Along Providence River)
When the notoriously crabby American Idol judge, Simon Cowell, predicted Frenchie could win the competition, then you know you’ve found a special talent. That’s just what the music empire giant had to say about Frenchie Davis during her time on American Idol. Broadway baby, Dance Diva and reality TV favorite, Frenchie Davis’s star is shining brighter than ever.
Television once again came calling for Frenchie as she was chosen to compete on the NBC hit television show “The Voice”. Beating out scores of singers for a coveted spot, Frenchie wowed audiences with her take on “I Kissed A Girl and I Like It” as Christina Aguilera turned her chair and cemented Frenchie’s place on “Team Cristina” and TV history. Show stopping performances of Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), “Like A Prayer” and “When Love Takes Over” turned Frenchie into an audience and judges favorite, not to mention a press magnet. Music superstar Blake Shelton exclaimed “You’re the most powerful singer in this competition!” and Maroon Five front man, Adam Levine summed it up with “There’s just something so beautiful about you!” Audiences responded by making Frenchie a top finalist on “The Voice”, a trending topic on Twitter and a top ten selling artist on Itunes. Christina Aguilera summed it up by telling Frenchie, “You always make me proud”.
Frenchie’s chart topping musical history also includes several Billboard Dance Chart toppers including “Give Me Tonight” and DJ/re-mixer Tony Moran’s “You Are”. Frenchie is in the process of selecting material for her new album, with plans to include a mix of Broadway, classic hits, dance and some original material. After a successful 4 year run in Broadway’s “Rent”, Frenchie continued on with national tours of “Dreamgirls” and 30th Anniversary of “Ain’t Misbeavin’, costarring with her Idol alum, Ruben Studdard. The latter garnered a Grammy nomination for the cast album.
Frenchie Davis was born in Los Angeles, California and studied musical theatre at Washington D.C.’s Howard University. She has appeared in European productions of “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Other stand out shows include “Sing, Mahalia, Sing’ and the Clinton satire musical, “Monica”. She recently starred as the “Fairy Godmother” in “Cinderella” at the Berkeley Playhouse, receiving rave reviews. Frenchie just went before the camera’s after being cast in a new comedy film called, “Dumbbells” which also stars Carl Reiner and Tom Arnold.
With a bright future ahead, Frenchie keeps herself grounded and grateful, saying “I like the fact that I’ve been able to do what I love and still enjoy my life. I can tell you, I have crossed paths and met so many people who are way richer than I am, way more famous, but they don’t enjoy their lives more than I do.”
Look for Frenchie’s new single and video called “Love’s Got A Hold On Me” to be released in the summer of 2012.
The “Grammy’s” Category 80, Best Musical Show Album
(Award to the Album Producer(s), and to the Lyricist(s) & Composer(s) of 51% or more of a new score. (Artist, Lyricist & Composer names appear in parentheses.)) • Ain’t Misbehavin’ Robert Sher, producer (Various, composer; Various, lyricist) (30th Anniversary Recording With Ruben Studdard & Frenchie Davis) [Rhino Records]
On April 26, 2011 Frenchie Davis returned to television in the massive hit NBC singing competition show “The Voice”. Frenchie turned into a a fan favorite and breakout star on the show.
The show struck a cord with America from the very beginning, and Frenchie quickly made it onto Team Christina and into the top 8 with her versions of “I Kissed A Girl”, “Single Ladies”, “When Love Takes Over”, and “Like A Prayer”. Frenchie’s versions of these songs all debuted at the top of the iTunes sales charts.
Her return to her first reality show since American Idol has gathered her a mountain of media press (The Carson Daly Show, Extra, Access Hollywood, E! Entertainment News, TV Guide Channel, Good Day LA, ect.) and print exposure. In fact, on Frenchie’s debut she was the #5 most talked about person on Twitter. Now that’s a return
Frenchie Davis was born in Los Angeles, California. She began as a theatre student at Washington DC’s Howard University. While studying there, she got her first acting/singing job playing one of the street urchins in a production of Little Shop of Horrors with a small theatre company in Germany.
The same German company later rehired her for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, the following year. After her return to the states, she auditioned for American Idol and was flown to LA, made her mark on the show, and turned out to be a huge favorite with america to win the show.
Frenchie worked in 2003 as a Grammy correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and performed the song “And I Am Telling You” on the set of ET for the show.
She was then cast in the Broadway show RENT, from which she took a leave of absence to portray the role of “Effie White” in the West coast tour of the musical Dream Girls.
Frenchie was originally signed to star in RENT for 6 months but it turned into nearly 4 years. Before she left the show in early April 2007.
Rent, featuring book, music and lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, has played almost 11 years at the Nederlander Theatre, where it opened on April 29th, 1996. A rock musical adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning musical.
Frenchie also starred as “Betty Currey” in the comedy satire about President Clinton, called “Monica The Musical”. This was done for the New York musical theater festival.
In August, Frenchie stepped into the shoes of Jennifer Holliday and starred in a one women stage play (for Hartford, Conn. Stage) based on the legendary gospel great “Mahalia Jackson” This production was called “Sing, Mahalia, Sing”.
In November of 2008 Frenchie co-headlined in (with her American Idol friend Ruben Studdard) the 30th Anniversary touring road show of the hit broadway play “Ain’t Misbehavin”. Naturally she played the part that won Nell Carter a Tony Award. Frenchie recieved rave reviews for the role and received a Grammy nomination for the cast recording.
In July 2009 Frenchie released a dance cover of the Shannon classic “Give Me Tonight” which takes this hit song to a whole new place and for a whole new generation. The song recieved an amazing reaction from the Billboard DJ’s and from Frenchie’s fans all over the world.
In the summer of 2009 famed international DJ/Remixer Tony Moran released Frenchie’s second dance single “You Are” which went to the top of the Billboard Dance charts.
In November of 2010 Frenchie, starred in the role of the “Fairy Godmother” in the stage production of “Cinderella” at the Berkeley Playhouse. The play received outstanding reviews and played to sold out audiences throughout it’s run.
Frenchie will soon be starting to record her debut CD, which will be a combination of dance, classics, broadway, and a few new original songs.
Needless to say the sky’s the limit for this singer, actress and motivational speaker, with a God given voice from above.