STEWART FRANCKE

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A critic somewhere once described Stewart Francke as sounding like “Jackson and James Brown(e) were brothers.” While he's not sure if he belongs in their exalted company, it’s an accurate assessment–"I am trying to combine a narrative lyrical approach with the rhythmic elements of soul and funk," he says. Stewart Francke has gone through a period of great sadness, change, and personal challenge, all of it faithfully and memorably reflected in a series of albums. He comes to The Ark with a new release, "Love Implied," that blends influences from The Beatles with sounds of the great singer-songwriters.