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Meet Nina Francis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nina Francis.

Nina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Since I learned my first two chords on acoustic guitar at the age of eleven, words and music came pouring out of me. Songwriting, singing, and playing all simultaneously sucked me in. From my first performance in my middle school’s cafeteria to coffee shops to the big stage, it has always surprised me that even my most vulnerable and embarrassing autobiographical thoughts are shared by others.

After that first ever show’s standing ovation, people I have never spoken to before came up and hugged me. In fact, I’ve found that the stories you most resist to tell are the ones others relate to on the deepest level. That point of connection is what drives me. I know no better way to inspire and be inspired, befriend and be a friend to a stranger, feel a little less alone in this world.

My voice has been described as pure and sparkling as a mountain stream, and my gift for melody delivers like a singing telegram: a delightful surprise with an indelible message. I took the plunge to give this music dream a shot when I matriculated at the University of Southern California’s prestigious Popular Music Performance program in Los Angeles.

The next chapter was to return to my hometown San Diego, where I’ve been pursuing my art nonstop.

I’m grateful to have been recognized regionally for what I do (San Diego Music Awards 2018 – “Best Pop Album”, San Diego Songwriter’s Guild Annual Song Contest 2017 – First Place for song “Cold Water”, San Diego CityBeat 2017 – Best of San Diego Reader’s Poll Winner “Best San Diego Singer-Songwriter”). Always pushing, writing, performing. I’m excited to see what life has in store for me next. You can find out where I’m playing locally on my website

Has it been a smooth road?
Throughout my journey, I’ve experienced over and over that fear and desire are closely linked. I desire what lies just beyond what I fear. I wouldn’t be afraid of something if I didn’t care. My well of fear and the biggest personal enemy is self-doubt. Getting up onstage and telling everyone to be quiet and respect what I have to say? Now that’s scary.

But exhilarating at the same time once I face the fear head-on. I think it’s key to remember why I started and just keep going. I’ve slowed down a bit before and it’s even more uncomfortable than pushing forward. So I feel that I have no choice haha! I think that, in a sense, anything that’s easy isn’t worth doing. I’m very much for keeping things interesting, keeping myself on my toes.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Singer-Songwriter story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m dedicated to what I do and do it at a visceral level. I hold songwriting craft in high regard and am known for my unique marriage of melody and unexpected lyrics, sitting on a bed of freshly sophisticated chord progressions.

I am frequently told that my singing voice is truly incredible, soaring with emotional hues and textures. My music is honest, vulnerable, profound, delicate. I have a lot to say. And the only way to hear it is to listen.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Oof with the music industry that is definitely one that’ll stump most haha. At the present time, the old model of record sales has been whittled down to all but dust. And new models such as streaming and other online sources of revenue are still not able to support careers in any standard way as the old industry once did.

The music industry landscape definitely will and needs to change. The question is what direction it will take. Until then and perhaps indefinitely, I will carve my own path and continue to find ever-changing creative ways to grow my business. It’s my passion so I’ll be singing and playing no matter what.


  • “Between Dreams” – Nominated “Best Pop Album” for San Diego Music Awards 2018 – $10 – Available at

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Dylan Rosgone, Eiji Fuller, Dennis Andersen

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