“Well, I know you can bring guns out in public," the Wales-born singer says. “That’s one of the first things I heard about.”
In fact, her stylist is from Arizona, and has assured her that she won’t come across any gun-slingin’, cowboy boot-wearin’ folk — as long as she stays downtown.
Francis and her bandmate/producer/DJ George Reid have found fame across the pond with hits like “You Know You Like It” and “In Control.” Francis has become somewhat of a vessel for girl power, with her songs carrying a lyrical theme of female confidence.
“I feel like music had the power to access parts of my mind and my emotions that I wasn’t able to access in my conscious state, or with my friends, or with my parents,” Francis reveals.
For example, “I'm In Control,” a song that shouts female empowerment, didn’t start with that meaning — in fact, she didn’t really even like the song when she first heard it.
“I kind of dared myself to put myself out there and say what I wanted in certain situations … then I realized that went well, and that whole situation was set off from hearing my thoughts and opinions, and hearing that people wanted to know what I thought … I wanted to mark this discovery with a song.”
From there, Francis’ message became clear.
“Sometimes songs fit into that space in your life, where you just have someone cheering you on,” she says. “That’s more of a feeling or intimacy that I would like to go into the minds of women, to make them feel good about themselves. That can be a very powerful thing, I think, even though it’s a very small gesture to the world.”
Francis and Reid have been working on their second album for two and a half years, and the two are finally in the finishing stages and planning to release the album this September.
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“I think in my second album, I’ve really started to talk about things that I really care about,” she says. “Make some sense of them. But not to the detriment of the kind of number-one factor about a song, which … for me is enjoyment.”
As for the message:
“I want that woven in there, so that you can replay that song again and again, and when you’re in a space where you want to think about things and reflect, those lyrics are something that can help you to do that, or can spark a thought.”