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Klein Signs With Australian Label

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A country music artist originally from the Parkland has signed her first deal with a music label.

Frannie Klein, who grew up in Bacon Ridge and Eddystone and attended school in Ste. Rose, recently signed with Heartsville Records, which is based in Australia.

Klein released her first single, “Before I’ve Flown Away”, Sept. 3, which led to Heartsville Records contacting her.

“It started circulating and I guess, somehow it ended up with these guys in Australia,” she explained.

Klein was thankful to have the record company reach out to her. Heartsville asked for some samples of her work and she conversed with the company for a couple of weeks.

“To kind of figure out if we were on the same page. And once we figured out we were quite compatible, it just rolled that way from there,” she said.

Heartsville Records is based in Australia, but they have artists from around the world. Klein is the first Canadian artist to sign with them.

“They have artists everywhere. They have a lot of national artists, a ton of Australian and New Zealand artists. They have artists in Trinidad and I’m their first Canadian artist,” Klein said.

Heartsville will help push Klein’s music when she releases new songs.

“They’re going to help me promote. They’re going to probably do the things that I don’t necessarily know how to do as a solo artist,” she said. “There’s potential for shows. There’s potential for bookings internationally with this. And that’s something that I’ve always really wanted to do. And I think that it would be a good learning experience.”

At this point, Klein plans to only release singles, with her next song coming out just before Christmas.

“We’re looking forward to is because it will be more of an upbeat song as opposed to more of a ballad that I released in September,” she said. “The really cool thing about Heartsville Records is that they have a specific brand and I fortunately, I was able to fit into that brand quite appropriately with them. It’s really cool. I’m really excited for all the opportunities that they’re about to bring.”

Klein started playing the fiddle at the age of eight. Her first fiddle competition was at Ochre River Days and she also competed at the Dauphin Fair and Exhibition.

“My grandfather, the late Frankie Desjarlais from Bacon Ridge, he played the fiddle and he got me playing. And Boris Nowasad from Dauphin was my fiddle teacher for a little while,” she said.

Klein’s family on her mother’s side was musically gifted and she was blessed enough to see them play.

“And I always wanted that. And so my mom, I asked her for a karaoke machine for Christmas and she got me one,” she said. “And she heard me sing and she tricked me. At the Dauphin Fair I thought she was only signing me up for a fiddle competition, but it turns out she had signed me up for singing, too. And I won, and I was like, ‘holy crap, I must not be terrible’.”

Klein started singing from there and when she turned 18, she moved to Winnipeg where she started her music career.

Klein runs a restaurant and a cleaning business in Winnipeg when she is not busy with her music. She describes her music as a bit of a mix.

“It’s country, folk. We got a little bit of a honky tonk feel to a lot of the songwriting song styles that we do,” she said.

At this point, Klein has no plans to record an album, concentrating her efforts on just releasing singles.

“But I am going to release, every couple of months, a record or something like that. Unfortunately, it’s 2021 and releasing albums aren’t the same as they used to be in the ‘90s,” she said.

“To do a single and do an album is so up in the air this time in my life. I wish I was this age in the ‘90s.”

“Before I’ve Flown Away” was just put onto the Indigenous Music Countdown and is played on Sirius FM Radio and NCI. In it’s first week, the song is at no. 39.

“It’s really cool, especially because the song, it wasn’t even supposed to be a song that I released. It was a piece of my diary that kind of just came about,” Klein said. “It talks about the struggles of mental health. The lyrics are kind of something that I never thought I’d ever be able to share with anybody. I didn’t think I’d be able to let anybody in and I did.”

The feedback from other people experiencing mental health issues has been like a huge pat on the back, Klein said.

“It feels awesome.”

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Doug Zywina
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