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Posted on June 3rd, 2014

“Sun Will Shine Again” video

I made this video of my kids + friends surfing SF’s Ocean Beach with a tiny Go Pro camera. So much fun! Hope you can check it out.

xoxo f

Posted on April 9th, 2014

XM RADIO SHOW!

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I’ll be hosting an hour long radio show this weekend on XM Radio’s Kids Place Live to talk about the making of my new cd, Blink of an Eye. Please join me for a whole new kind of kids radio listening experience. I used a field mic to create a city-soundscape to demonstrate fleeting, ‘blink of an eye’ sounds, invited Molly Ledford (Lunch Money) to hop on her bike and talk to us as she rides around her neighborhood, asked the album’s producer to play “What in the World is Dean Jones Playing” and invited Elizabeth Mitchell to share a story about how the light plays magic tricks with leaves on trees. This, plus TONS of funny, profound kids talking about some of the themes on the album. You can listen to a preview of the show here:https://soundcloud.com/frances-england/the-making-of-blink-of-an-eye

Hope you can check it out!

Kids Place Live, channel 78

Friday, 10/25 6pPST/9pEST

Saturday, 10/26 9aEST & 5pEST/2pPST

Sunday, 10/27 12pEST/9aPST

Posted on October 23rd, 2013

Paths We Have Worn, cd + new website

Paths album for i Tunes

Today we are releasing my first ever ‘grown up’ album, Paths We Have Worn. About.com’s Warren Truitt says it is “delicately produced by Dean Jones, a quavering saw here, a whispering fiddle there, and, almost subliminally, touches of electronic music embedded in the fabric of the compositions…(Paths) is introspective, thoughtful, melancholy, hopeful, joyful. Beautiful.”

I’ve created a new website for Paths here where you can listen to the whole album and share the music player with friends. And for a limited time, we are offering both Paths We Have Worn + my new children’s cd, Blink of an Eye for $20 through my website shop.

Ok, thanks for everything guys – I so appreciate you helping us spread the word! xoxo frances xoxo

Posted on September 3rd, 2013

I am so, so excited to share this brand new MUSIC VIDEO with you! It stars my next door neighbor, Deuce Martin, and one of Donna Wilson’s most adorable knit creations – Big Ted!

Hope you love it as much as I do!

Posted on July 25th, 2013

You can pre-order Blink of an Eye here.

So excited to share this record with you! xox frances xox

Song is “On the Day You Were Born.” Stop motion collage video by Antonina Clarke.

Posted on June 24th, 2013

new album // blink of an eye

I have a brand new family music album coming out later this summer and I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s a collection of sparkly, nostalgic, acoustic-pop songs featuring Elizabeth Mitchell, Molly Ledford of Lunch Money, Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold, Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants (and the Presidents of the United States of America) and is produced by the amazing Dean Jones.

Super excited to set this one free….AUGUST 6.

xoxo frances xoxo

Posted on May 29th, 2013

NEW APP … for crafty, little hands

I’ve partnered up with the amazing team at Spark Inc. to make a musical – drawing app for crafty, little hands. It’s called DRAW ON THE TABLE and it’s free!

Hope your little ones enjoy it.

xo f xo


Posted on February 15th, 2013

New Clarks Shoes Ad featuring “Red Balloon”

I’m so thrilled that Clarks is using my song “Red Balloon” in a brand new ad for their 2012 Fall collection. Ok, get ready for some cute shoes!

Posted on August 24th, 2012

s c i e n c e fair

This is what you get when a bunch of women write and record songs about science for kids! So many great artists including Elizabeth Mitchell, Lunch Money, Mates of State, Laura Veirs and many more! I’m so honored to be included in this group. I wrote a song about the “Goldilocks Zone” for this cd — hope you can check it out! All proceeds benefit Girls Inc. Science Ed program! On sale now at i Tunes or directly from www.sparetherock.com

Posted on July 10th, 2012

This is going to be fun…

Posted on February 22nd, 2012

Holiday Creative Family Challenge for YOU!

I have a holiday-inspired CREATIVE FAMILY CHALLENGE for you that comes with a free new song and involves you making something beautiful with all those photos you took of your kid(s) this year. Hope you check out it out here on my Diary page and share it with your family and friends!

Posted on November 21st, 2011

RADIO SHOW now available for streaming

I’m so excited to share this hour-long show that I created for XM Radio on the making of Mind of My Own. I tried my best to channel Mr. Rogers and Ira Glass, two of my favorite storytellers in the world. Over the course of an hour, I take the listeners onto the streets of San Francisco, to Haight Ashbury to interview some interesting musicians who played on the cd, and down to Ocean Beach to listen to the waves and pay homage to the great Jacques Cousteau.

I also talk about the song I sang with the Mates of State, “Place in Your Heart,” and interview a bunch of kids about toys they hold dear to their hearts – the things they say are precious and often hysterical. Finally, for the song “To Be,” I talk to parents and grandparents about lessons they have learned from their kids – the observations they make are beautiful and profound (I have a hard time listening to this with dry eyes).

The entire show is free to listen to and available for streaming anytime on your computer and iPhones / smartphones. Hope you and your kids enjoy listening to it on your next road trip or lazy Sunday afternoon! xo f xo

Posted on October 21st, 2011


Thanks to CBS for posting this fun article on the Best Kids Bands in LA — I’m honored to be included with my good friends Justin Roberts and Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band.

“This lovably off-beat songstress, who somehow makes songs about ladybugs and tea parties evoke the quirky coolness of Liz Phair or Ingrid Michaelson, has evolved as a global family favorite and critic’s darling. England’s music is consistently referred to as refreshingly “simple”- just the perfect thing when you want to enjoy the mellower side of musical family fare.” full review is here.

Posted on August 30th, 2011

What to do with all those PHONE PHOTOS?

Hey there,
I just posted a new entry on my DIARY page about a fun fridge collage that my kids and I did with some of our phone photos – check it out if you like! And we’d love to know if you have any ideas of how to display your everyday pictures!

Posted on August 18th, 2011

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SING ALONG song book

I read somewhere that Woodie Guthrie once said, “If you’re playing more than 3 chords on the guitar, you’re just showing off.”   Oh, how I love you, Woodie! Here are a few 2, 3, and 4 chord songs of mine that are super easy to learn, play, and sing. Rock on! xo f xo

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Posted on February 15th, 2013

That’s What Friends Are For

The amazing Nora May (from Norway!) made this little stop-motion video for her best friend using my song, “That’s What Friends Are For.” I think it’s the sweetest thing ever – thank you, Nora!

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Posted on August 27th, 2012

Holiday Family Creative Challenge + free new song

Do you have any idea how many photographs and videos you’ve taken of your kid(s) this year? Lots of us use our cameras + phones to document our children’s lives but how often do we go back and make something special with all those captured moments? My holiday creative family challenge for you is to […]

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Posted on November 21st, 2011

RADIO SHOW, the making of Mind of My Own…

I’m so excited to share this show that I created for XM Radio on the making of Mind of My Own. I tried my best to channel Mr. Rogers and Ira Glass, two of my favorite storytellers in the world. Over the course of an hour, I take the listeners onto the streets of San […]

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Posted on October 19th, 2011