More About Frannie Faith
"Little breath, breathe me gently, row me gently, for I am a river I am learning to cross." - W.S. Merwin
“There’s always been a link between music, spirituality, and healing for me,” says meditation teacher and singer-songwriter Frannie Faith.
Frannie has been singing and performing her music her whole life and writing songs since she was a teenager. She was initiated into Transcendental Meditation at age sixteen and has continued on her spiritual path, studying many practices and traditions that are an integral part of her life.
In her 20s, Frannie moved to New York City to pursue a performing career. While in the city she played in clubs with her band, worked with managers and music producers and sang on numerous advertising jingles including background vocals for Whitney Houston’s AT&T campaign. She landed the role of a country singer on the long running television soap opera, “AsThe World Turns,” for which she wrote and performed over 40 original songs. In addition to penning songs for Patti Austin and others, Frannie is the singing voice of an animated character in the film “Scooby Doo: Mystery Inc”.
Since 1997 she has been organizing and performing in benefit concerts with her band Heart and Soul, bringing community together to raise money for various charities. Her band has performed multiple times at The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Westport, CT. In 2018, Frannie had the honor of singing at Lincoln Center for the memorial of Fred Hellerman, an original member of the Weavers along with Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) and Tom Chapin.
Her personal healing journey led her to delve even more deeply into spiritual practices, and it was during this time that she wrote the songs on her first two music CDs, “Artist of the Heart” and “Bring Up The Vibration.” Combining original songs and devotional chants with a pop sensibility, Frannie’s music also embodies world rhythms to dance to and a conscious lyrical message to uplift the heart, mind and spirit. Her CDs have been a hit not only with listeners, but with DJs as well: “Frannie Faith’s voice is a mirror of her soul, innocent and pure.” raves Calm Radio’s Eric Harry. Gary Goldberg from WRPI 91.5 FM says, “When I think a certain song is my favorite, another takes its place. Frannie’s songs lift your spirit…….”
Besides the two music CDs, Frannie wrote and recorded two meditation CDs, one for children, “Peaceful Kids”, that was originally given as a gift to pediatric cancer patients and their families at the Yale Hospital fair, and is now available on CD Baby. Frannie feels strongly that children especially need to learn to meditate and relax the nervous system, to deal with the world of technology that they live in. The other is a meditation CD for young adults to adults, “Peaceful Places”, and teaches and guides a variety of forms of meditation. As Frannie was presenting workshops and performing, she was increasingly being asked to teach meditation with her healing music.
She has co-presented at east coast retreat centers Kripalu and Omega for a number of years, with her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie, in her writing workshops, offering healing through guided meditation and music. She offered the same at Silver Hill Rehab Hospital to the residents, where Frannie volunteered in the eating disorder house for a year and a half. From 2013-2019 until they closed, Frannie taught meditation and chakra sound healing at The Cortiva Institute, for massage teacher Nanette’s classes. She has also taught meditation; at yoga studios, at a corporate conference for a hundred attorneys, and at private and group sessions. She currently runs a music and meditation workshop with her Cantor at her synagogue called Shabbat Shalva, Sabbath of Peace.
Her new CD, I Am You-Ani Ata, is an important CD for Frannie. The mostly original songs, prayers and chants are written in English and Hebrew, and Frannie says, “represent my whole life’s spiritual journey, arriving home, whole, and expressing all of who I am.”
Frannie is a certified Power of Awareness Meditation teacher (Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield) through UC Berkeley, MBSR(Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher through U Mass, Reiki Level 2 practitioner, and a Yoga Nidra practitioner. She is also intimately familiar with the 12 step program and teaches Jewish Meditation.