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Nanette Frank, International Performer, Still Calls Chicago Home

Vocalist Nanette Frank

Nanette Frank is a songwriter, vocal arranger and producer, among other roles that this multi-talented artist fills. With an impeccable five-octave vocal range, Frank’s voice has been the driving force behind such major products as Coca-Cola’s national radio ad and many television spots. As a matter of fact, the Coca-Cola ad became the longest running advertising campaign in the company’s history. Her latest project, Special Edition, has created quite a buzz. She recently concluded a four-month engagement at the exclusive Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore. –tony binns

Tell me about your musical background.

It spans over a great many styles of music. My father was a jazz musician. My mother was a blues and gospel singer. So, all through the house, there were all kinds of music playing.

You returned from a tour of Singapore last year. What was that like?

It was absolutely wonderful! The people were great. Singapore is like America. They call it Asia 101. I recommend [that] anyone who wants to go to Asia try Singapore first. There are many different cultures that melt into Singapore. It is a great place to start your tour of Asia.

Who are some of your musical influences?

Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Ray Charles, Karen Clark Sheard

You’ve done jingles for commercials and are a renowned performer. What advice would you give other aspiring talents who want to follow in your steps?

I would say get a nice demo tape together, and don’t be afraid to make phone calls. Don’t be afraid to send out emails. Don’t be afraid to knock on doors. You have to knock on doors. If no one gives you a break, sometimes, you have to make one.

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