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Francine Reed

Francine Reed

Francine Reed’s voice is velvet-smooth with a gritty edge that can be soothing or sassy, soulful or bawdy. “Music is in me, it is me,” declares the Atlanta resident. “I always say that when I was born, I came out singing ‘Look at me!'” and she croons the first line of “Misty.”

Growing up near Chicago in a financially wanting but musically rich family of seven children, she performed with her siblings for church and charity events, then in clubs. As a single parent with four children, Reed moved to Phoenix where she worked day jobs while singing in clubs at night. “But I never thought of leaving music, not once,” she says. “It’s totally impossible for me to think that way.”

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