We had the good fortune of connecting with Pauline Frechette and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pauline, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Making my way through the barriers of the theatre and music worlds has definitely required being willing to take risks. That’s how I’ve gotten every one of my biggest opportunities. At eighteen I had managed to pass all the written admissions to the London School of Dramatic Arts, but the final audition was in London. I was in Europe touring with a group of singer/dancers called “The Showteens.’ Our final stop was Paris, so I left the group there and went by myself across the English Channel to London for the audition. I was determined to be one of the three Americans that they would admit and my courage and persistence paid off – I got in! That kickstarted a long list of risks that I have taken throughout my career. Results? My music has been produced/performed by major symphonies, and my shows have been produced in New York and Los Angeles. I encourage anyone to take a risk – it’s fun and challenging. I also love sailing, skiing and jumping horses. Keeps life interesting and keeps my young.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started my musical career at age 5 singing on my father’s radio show. Before long I was playing in youth symphonies on violin, winning awards in piano competitions, then touring Europe singing and dancing as a teen and studying acting in England. My Great-grandfather, Josef Vezina, founded the Quebec Symphony, and my father was a theatre organist. I was one of eleven children, and we all played at least two instruments, so music has always been my life. It has never been easy, but the challenges have always made the journey interesting and fun. I spent at least a decade singing under a nick-name that I gave myself, Raven Kane. I sang with many legendary artists, including singing duets on tour with Neil Diamond, singing with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Cher, Leonard Cohen, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, etc. and singing on many films including Aladdin. I learned a lot from working with these great artists. Each one was so uniquely himself with so much passion for what they did. I also incorporated all those experiences into my own live performances. I found it much easier to be completely at ease with any size of audience from just a few in my living room to 25,000 in a stadium! Then about eight years ago I decided it was time to return to my real name and to what I was born to do – compose music and uplift people with both my music and my stories. I became on fire with my passion for what I felt was my true purpose in life. My compositions are best defined as “Neo-classical” DEF. “The use of modern techniques within the classical form composing music that reflects one’s own compositional voice.” Since then with the help of my brilliant husband, arranger/producer – David Campbell – my compositions have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and at Walt Disney Concert Hall. I feel my compositions are romantic miniatures. Every song is only 3 or 4 minutes long. I want to create music that can help to fill the 21st century’s need for private inspiration, sensual beauty or glowing romanticisim – music that has the essence of romantic beauty and aesthetic in a short span of time. I guess my brand would be: “Music that fills the need for warm flow, deeper meaning or emotional lift to a higher plane in the time it took to prepare and consume an espresso.” I’m very proud of my albums, “Colors of My Heart” and “An Intimate Story” both debuted in the Billboard Top Ten in Classical and Jazz. My current album, “A Winter’s Tale” captures my love for all the shades of winter. I think composing music gives me the opportunity to explore the inner truths of my soul and to share those experiences with others. It’s what I call “creating music from inside out.” My song “Jewel Box, I composed in memory of various friends who I have lost from this world. When I look up at the stars at night I think of all those loved ones, so I named the song “Jewel Box” after the name of a constellation in the Southern Cross where the stars have brilliant jewel colors. That song won the WAM Award for “Best Instrumental” in 2020. Since being on my true path as a composer, my fanbase has expanded throughout the world and includes many people in Africa. In Dec. 2020, I was awarded the title “Ambassador for World Peace to Nigeria” by YELI (Youth Education and Leadership Initiative) for my musical influence in that country. I guess that is the best gift I can give and receive – helping to bring peace and calm to this turbulent world through my music.
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?
I live in a wonderful, rather spiritual place called Ojai. It’s about an hour and a half North of Los Angeles and only 20 minutes from the beaches in Ventura. We are surrounded by the Topa Topa Mountains where the Chumash Indians lived for 14,000 years. We have lovely restaurants here and great organic wine tasting bars. Also, thousands of horses live here. When friends visit, we take long hikes on any of the great trails that are around here, hang out by pool enjoying the magnificent views of the mountains, go on walks at the beach, enjoy wine tastings, dinners at the fabulous “Sea Fresh” restaurant or the little Italian restaurant downtown. Friends definitely leave feeling refreshed.
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?
There have been so many people who have given me encouragement and support throughout my life. In New York, my mentor was the late Marvin Krauss who helped get my musical to The Goodspeed Opera, and who continued to support my theatrical efforts. Later, Susan Noyes, helped me immensely as my theatrical “angel” and we took one of my musicals Off Broadway to the Baruch Theatre. Then, as I came full circle into my early roots as a neo-classical pianist/composer, my friend and record company president, Stan Medley, stood by me and got my music distributed and played throughout the world. My husband, David Campbell, has supported all my efforts with his brilliance and love. He is my muse and my love. Finally, throughout the years, the teachings and wisdom of L. Ron Hubbard have provided for me a base of certainty and knowledge from which I continue to navigate life with joy.
L to R David Campbell, Pauline Frechette Photographed by Tim Sabatino at Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood