by Kenny Kerner

Baseball has a very special place in Fran Lucci's heart and career. You see, at the early age of five years old, Fran won a talent contest in the Catskill Mountains singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." The thrill of singing and the giant trophy she won was all the motivation she needed to pursue a musical career.

"When I was ten years old," Lucci told the Meter, "I wrote my first original song called 'It's Time I Think About Me.' It was just an extension of me expressing myself. My neighbor taught me how to play a couple of chords on the guitar and I was trying to learn the different songs from sheet music. I wasn't able to read music but I could read the chord charts. So I was buying the sheet music and just reading the chords. By doing that I realized that I could come up with these melodies myself. From that point on I pursued a musical career. In fact, I started teaching junior high schoool kids how to play guitar because I was so blown away at how easy it was. I made $5 for a half-hour lesson. The first song I taught them all to play was 'Blowin' in the Wind,' because it was so easy. I started doing this when I was twelve." Talk about being self-motivated!

Fate smiled on Fran again when she was in high school. She attended a school that had a bonafied Performing Arts Program for the students so she was able to continue with her pursuit in a serious, organized manner. "I was so spoiled because, thanks to the program, I was performing in front of about 1200 people. But then I came out into the real world years later and played at clubs in front of 30 people and thought--wait--where are the rest of you?"

Name: Fran Lucci
Residence: Studio City, CA
Age: 25
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter
Joined TAXI: 1998
Songs Forwarded: 25
Deals: Columbia Tristar TV

Lucci moved on to Penn State where she was a musical theater major. She heard that taking music as a major in college was extremely difficult and, already a proficient singer and guitar player, opted for something a little different. "I thought that I found the easy way out and with music being such a hard major, I decided to do musical theater. But I actually wish I had studied composition in college. Sometimes I feel deficient because I didn't have that formal education."

Fran got her real world experiences at local coffee houses and fraternities while at college. "You know what it is? I just love the thrill of the audition so I would go out fofr everything. It was a real thrill for me. A lot of times when I got the gig I was actually disappointed. I knew, though, that I eventually would have to move to L.A. It was forty below zero in February so I left after about two years."

Lucci moved to Los Angeles in the mid-Eighties and began playing the club circuit and showing up at as many open mic dates as she could. "It was pretty tough. It was a rude awakening. Number One, I couldn't make a living at it out here, so I had to find a day job. Number Two, there were so many others like me here. There were so many people that wanted to do what I was doing. Number Three, during the mid-Eighties, the scene in L.A. was completely heavy metal. So what I was playing wasn't really that interesting to anyone. I went through a real dark period. I stopped writing for a while."

During her stay in Los Angeles, Fran hooked up with a record producer and cut some tracks and also worked with a personal manager, but because her voice wasn't that strong, she was easily persuaded to sing in a variety of styles. "This was a real learning period for me, all around. I had to determine who I was. What is the essence of me? But things started to turn around in 1990 when I took a lyric writing class. I was re-demoing the same five songs over and over and didn't know why. Then I figured out that it was because I wasn't writing any new songs! I took a class with K. Parker and she basically changed my life. After working with her for about a year, I became so prolific that I couldn't demo songs fast enough. I was able to uncover my real voice as a writer and as an artist."

During the first week of January in 1998, while reading the Los Angeles Times, Fran came upon an article about TAXI in the entertainment section. "I read about this wonderful organization that was the middleman between the business and the songwriter. It sounded very provocative. I called them and decided to join."

Having just returned from a short tour in Europe and learning that her label there folded, Fran turned to TAXI for exposure. "First of all, TAXI really helps you deal with rejection. When I'm feeling a little fragile, I won't submit material. With TAXI, I can submit and forget. So when these little successes happen, I'm totally surprised. I sent in a tape of a song called 'Sheree' that TAXI forwarded. It went to John McCullough who was the music supervisor for Dawson's Creek . It didn't make the show but John called for more material from me. Next thing I know I got a call from Columbia Tristar about another song. So now I made a contact with John and got a song in a TV show. And this was all through forwards from TAXI. TAXI is great for many reasons--the contacts, the Road Rally, the other members that I met. It's a validation."

Though Fran achieved moderate success on her own, being a TAXI member enabled her to open the doors to industry contacts she might otherwise not have met.


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