The Next Big Thing: Livvi Franc

Livvi Franc is working with managers, producers, and songwriters to get her music career going. Priya Panda catches up with an artist on the rise.

So you’re 14-years-old and head over to your babysitter’s house. You start strumming on your guitar and singing a few tunes you wrote on-the-fly, only to be told that you could really go places with a voice like that. This is Livvi Franc’s story. Her babysitter who happened to be very well connected in the music industry is now her manager, Kerrie. Together they have really developed Livvi into a force to be reckoned with.

The now 19-year-old from sunny Barbados started by recording a demo in her native land and has since been signed to Brit’s label Jive as well as performing live on the Barbados Music Awards. The video from that performance is on Youtube and has become a smash hit amongst music insiders worldwide. She has her sights set on developing her sound because the comparisons to that other young, Barbadian beauty on top of the music charts, have already begun. “We’re both the same height and colour complexion, even hair. We do get compared a lot but I don’t mind because Rihanna’s a great girl… she’s beautiful so it’s quite a compliment. I’d love to perform with her. We could have a Bajan Invasion concert.”
Livvi says her music is quite a departure from the typical pop sound and draws influences from life’s relationships as well as Alicia Keys, The Cranberries, Nelly Furtado and Etta James. The songstress is blessed with a versatile voice that accommodates a variety of genres. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do folk music or pop music or R&B music because with the way my vocal styling is, I can pretty much fit into any of those categories.” Not to mention, she brings her island flavour to just about everything she touches. “You’ll hear reggae and other Caribbean influences,” she adds.

On fashion designers: “It’s hard to say who my fav is because I don’t have any amount of money to buy the ones I’ve seen some actors and singers wear on TV. I’m at the stage where I’m just starting to create the dream, really get the ball rolling. But for now I’ll just stick to H&M and Bebe.”

On working out: “I do aerobics classes and personal training, which is more strength training, so lifting weights and stuff like that. It can be quite gruelling. I’m in there half an hour and I’m dripping sweat by the end of it. It doesn’t sound like long, but it’s extremely difficult. It’s almost like military training, but at the end of the day I’m glad that I’ve done it.”

On a healthy diet: “I tend to stay away from the junk food which is very hard sometimes. I do have to indulge at some point. I eat pasta because that’s my weakness. I love Italian food. I just have to eat chocolate. It’s all about the balance, but I love to eat vegetables and drink a lot of water.

On her beauty regimen: The makeup I use is mostly M.A.C. I just get up and wash my face and put makeup on. I don’t really moisturize and all that sort of stuff because I don’t really have the time for it right now so I stick to basics. So I just put on any moisturizer I find and wash my face with soap.

Check out her MySpace page at to hear her work-in-progress for her upcoming, yet unnamed album.