Detroit-area musician Stewart Francke — a blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter and guitarist whose inspirations include classic R&B, garage rock, roots rock, and folk — has been releasing albums since the early ’90s. Throughout the years he’s headlined his own shows with his stellar band of Detroit’s finest players, highlighted by opening gigs for dozens of national acts, from Sheryl Crow to Steve Earle. In 2011 He recorded a duet with Bruce Springsteen, “Summer Soldier.” After being diagnosed with leukemia in 1998, Francke continued to fight and eventually beat his disease. He continues to write and record, focusing his energy into his family, his craft and bone marrow donor activism.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
St. Dunstan’s Theatre Pavilion
Bloomfield Hills MI 8pm.
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STEWART FRANCKE to release A FAMILIAR FIRE,
his 14th CD, on April 15, 2014
New cd to be released worldwide by Blue Boundary/Burnside Distribution
Again produced with partner Bryan Reilly at Birmingham’s RMS Studio, A Familiar Fire represents, in Francke’s words, “my best work to date as far as accessibility and variety in the songwriting.” A Familiar Fire follows on the heels of “What Don’t Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong,” an ebook published by Untreed Reads in San Francisco. The book, dealing with Stewart’s leukemia and stem cell transplant, has sold well. Francke’s last cd, 2013’s Love Implied, sold out within six months of its release.
Coming from the Michigan industrial cities of Saginaw and Detroit, on to bright lights of national stages, Stewart Francke’s creative work has impacted the lives of thousands who’ve heard his songs or read his writing. In 2009 his hometown of Saginaw recognized him by awarding him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Saginaw County Arts Commission, for “the enjoyment and insight his songs have brought to so many in his hometown, home state and beyond.”
Stewart’s been recognized by his peers through numerous Detroit Music Awards, including Best Artist, Songwriter & Album, totaling 13 awards. Hour Detroit readers voted him most popular musician 2002-2003. He was awarded a Creative Artist Grant by Artserve Michigan in 2004. Numerous cover stories and feature articles detailing Stewart’s music have appeared in regional, national and international publications.
Like all of his music, A Familiar Fire has been self-financed through Kickstarter, recorded in Detroit, and independently distributed and promoted internationally through innovative use of the internet, increasingly, and deep trust with his loyal audience. He has successfully used crowdfunding services three times to fund his three most recent records, raising a total of $60,000.
A leukemia and bone marrow transplant survivor, Stewart has fused his music and cancer outreach, and was recognized by the Points Of Light Foundation in 2001 for his personal work in cancer patient support. The Stewart Francke Leukemia Foundation was presented the prestigious Partnership In Humanity Award by the Detroit Newspapers and he was named Volunteer of the Year by the National Marrow Donor Program in 2002.