She’s already performed with Amy Winehouse’s backing band and landed numerous high-profile session jobs- such as singing in the backing band on X-Factor and in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage production, ‘Love Never Dies’- suffice to say, Frankie Young has a lot of potential. As with all young musicians though, potential can often amount to a lot less than what is initially expected. As a singer and talented pianist, Frankie is in the enviable position of being able to control her musical direction, which is why it would be a shame to see her slip down the generic “soul diva” road.

If you like that sound, there’s already Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blidge, Joss Stone, Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse and numerous others to choose from, not to mention the seemingly never-ending pool of amateur sound-alikes out there. To avoid becoming just another one of those Frankie Young might have to brave her way into some unfamiliar territory. Citing The Roots as one of her influences, Frankie does show an awareness of genres outside the usual R&B area. Perhaps bringing some more of this into her sound would make her a little more distinctive. At the moment her recorded music, check out her eponymous three-track EP, is a little on the generic side to pave her way to success. However, when you see her live, it’s a different kettle of fish. In three-piece format, her live sets occupy a nice middle ground between soul trio and pop band. The musicianship is spot on, as her drummer and bassist form a refreshingly tasteful rhythm section, and she gives off such confidence that you can imagine her holding the attention of any crowd.

If she were a jazz album, she’d be Kind Of Blue. The great thing though, is that with the requisite development and musical experimentation she could become Bitches Brew. A tedious metaphor perhaps but an exiting prospect nonetheless.

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