We had the good fortune of connecting with Frances Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Frances, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
In high school I had ample time to work on music. I am the youngest so all my siblings had moved out by thee time I was in high school. I would come home, do my homework then work on music till I fell asleep. Going to college was a tough change, I shared a room and had a hard time with not being able to be alone. After that I have had to make a lot of adjustments to how I intentionally use my time and make time for myself. The pandemic has been a good opportunity to really focus on my classes and music. I will go to a class in the morning, then send out emails and submit my music to places, go to more classes, and do homework in the evening. Its always easy to find time for music and self care, I have a harder time balancing going out with all of that, but because of the pandemic I have been un able to. The ideal balance is finding friends you can be productive and create with. I honestly have made hour by hour schedules for the week when I am trying to balance a busy school week, music, free time and working out. I love being busy though so its more fun then anything, I just have to make up for being a bit scattered.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It has been easy in the sense that it has all been fun! Even the rough patches turned out to be great lessons that lead me to be where I am with my music. I started as a singer songwriter, playing writers rounds when I was 14 or 15. I eventually played with a band in high school, and got more and more into funky soulful music. After going to college and learning about theory, I have been able to score out my music, and write drum/bass/guitar parts out. Being able to transfer these skills to producing songs has been liberating and fun. I currently have really good group of people around me, teaching me and supporting me. I am proud of the fact that I am making music I never thought I would make, and doing it with a great bunch of people. My biggest lesson is to learn from mistakes and mishaps, and take that knowledge to move forward with intention. If you don’t like something figure out why, and avoid that. I want the world to know that me and my brand are all about self discovery and the joy of creating. I feel lucky to put out music I am happy with, but even more lucky with how enjoyable the process of creating it has been. The process should be as fulfilling as the end result. Your passions are your lifestyle.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville has so many things to do. I like to spend my days going thrifting, antiquing or to art galleries. Nashville is also jam packing with parks, restaurant, and plenty of live music.

Thrifting/Antiquing/ Record Shops

GasLamp Antiques & Decorating Mall
I grew up going here with my dad. Its a labyrinth of fur coats, post cards and old records. You can kill a few hours here if you are a dedicated antique fan.

Pre To Post Modern
Pre to post modern is fun but a little pricy. I go here to window shop. Amazing vintage finds line one room, while vintage furniture and novelties fill other rooms in the shop. The store is stylized and feels like a world of its own.

Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
Grimiey’s is the epitome of a cute local record shop. They even have shows there once in a while.

Food (vegan)
Avo
Avo is a raw vegan restaurant that is across the street from climb Nashville ! If your into bouldering or top rope, you can go rock climbing, freshen up and dine at Avo. Avo is a sit down restaurant, and does not disappoint the adventurous.

Sunflower Cafe
Sunflower cafe is the perfect casual bite. They have an array of delicious patties, wraps, and bowls. They also have really good sides. This is a winner for a vegan stop.

The Southern V
Best vegan friend chicken and Alfredo hands down. Nashville hot chicken, chicken and waffles, southern v has it, and they do a great job making it.

Five Daughters
Five daughters has amazing donuts. An array for every one. They have non vegan donuts that have holes, and are still jelly filled. My favorite donut is the raspberry filled.

Cafe Coco !
I only really ever get their vegan chili, but they have lots of coffee and it is a great spot to meet up with friends to hang out and enjoy some frothy bevs. They also have a stage in the back and host shows.

Two Boots
Two boots is a by the slice pizza place, it has options for all but always has a vegan option. Online you can order pizzas that are not served by the slice, I like to go for a half and half of any two vegan pizzas. Its also a quick walk to Ben and Jerrys. Also its right by San Antonio Tacos, which is so good and perfect for a large group or a few people who want a quick bite.

As for live music, you can find it on almost any corner

Randor lake is a great hiking spot, as well as Percy Warner. Percy Warner is I think the only spot in metro Nashville that has good mountain biking trails. (I could be wrong)

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Parents have been unimaginably supportive of me. They are my role models and I feel so lucky to be able to go to them for guidance. Watching how they live their lives encourages me to works hard, be genuine and let God do the rest.

Also my ensemble/private instructed Janie Barnett. She is an amazing writer, singer and performer. As a teacher, she showed me how to represent myself clearly, and to be able to walk into a room with my music charted out how it was in my head. The tools she gave me completely changed the trajectory of how I created music, and gave me the ability to map out songs in a clear way to other musicians.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/francesbakermusic/

Image Credits
Ava McCoy (for the first pic) Camille Undecided for film

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