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Published on December 2nd, 2019 | by Guest Editor


Francine Belle is back with new single ‘Diamond’

Francine Belle, the Paris-born British Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer has released her brand new single titled ‘Diamond’. With lush string, beautiful orchestral arrangements and subtle afrofusion sensibilities, it is a glorious dynamic pop offering, led by her exceptional vocal performance, layered harmonies, and honest riveting songwriting. ‘Diamond’ is the long awaited follow-up to her 2018 breakthrough single ‘Beautiful Heights’, and highly anticipated precursor to her forthcoming debut album, to be released in 2020.

Francine Belle began her singing career while studying at the prestigious BRIT School, going on to perform backing vocals for pop legend Elton John, and award- winning artist Bright Light Bright Light, all the while earning her degree in English Literature from Cambridge University. For her debut single ‘Beautiful Heights’ she has collaborated with big music industry names such as the Grammy Award-winning arranger, music director, and producer Ben Bram, and Pentatonix collaborators Ed Boyer and Bill Hare. After taking some time to record her debut album, ‘Diamond’ is sure to propel Francine Belle back into the limelight.

Speaking about the inspiration for the song, Francine Belle says: “The song speaks to the way diamonds are simultaneously strong and resilient, but then also delicate and sparking, like the best and deepest kind of love – ethereal and real at the same time. I love the way the strings and percussion, which perfectly reflect both sides of my heritage, all melt together perfectly”.

For the music video for ‘Diamond’, Francine Belle has collaborated with filmmaker Qasim Alam (Levi Roots, adidas, Selfridges, Jaguar Land Rover, L’Oreal) to deliver what she describes as, “kind of like my love letter to London, showing two very different but equally quintessential sides to it. We wanted to show elegance juxtaposed with grittiness. We shot the exterior scenes on a rooftop in Soho; the hard lines of the high-rise buildings are like the hard lines that make the facets of a diamond. But then the more luxurious interior scenes, shot in Mayfair, depict the opulence and glamour associated with diamonds too”.


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