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"Kim Franca is a TRUE PRO and is much more than just a Vocal Teacher."
Kim Franca is a TRUE PRO and is much more than just a Vocal Teacher. Her commitment and passion to her students overall success as artists is why I continue to recommend her to my clients.
"[Kim] has the ability to hear not just the notes her students sing, but also the heart behind them."
Kim possesses an enthusiasm for life that is evident in everything she does.  She has the ability to hear not just the notes her students sing, but also the heart behind them, which enables her to draw out their very best voice and truly open them up to new heights of talent.  Kim provides a safe, encouraging environment for her students to learn new vocal techniques and sing in ways they never realized they could.  Whether it be coaching during a studio session, or teaching a lesson or a class, Kim's passion for music is contagious and her love for her students is genuine.
"Her ability to clearly communicate her knowledge makes her an incredible vocal teacher, coach and producer."
Kim has been a great asset to me with various artists who need a "tune up" before a session or guidance during a session. She knows how to unlock a vocalist's potential by helping them raise their skills as well as emoting with sincerity. She strikes a great balance between adding great value to a session and respecting another producer's vision. Her ability to clearly communicate her knowledge makes her an incredible vocal teacher, coach and producer. 
"Ever since our first session together, she has become an indispensable part of my productions for capturing incredible vocal performances in the studio."
I met Kim Franca through a mutual friend – Rick Barker (Music Industry Expert, Motivational Speaker and Author, Social Media Mentor for American Idol Contestants Season XIV, Former Manager of Taylor Swift). 

However, it wasn’t until a few months later that we actually worked together here in Nashville at my studio. Ever since our first session together, she has become an indispensable part of my productions for capturing incredible vocal performances in the studio. She manages to bring an extraordinary amount of confidence to every vocalist that she works with and they see improvement even after their very first lesson with her whether in person or via a Skype session. 

I can’t say enough about Kim and I highly recommend her.
"Kimberly was able to patiently assess where the Artist was and to help her gain a direct understanding of tools that successful artists were using in the Marketplace today."
Nashville is the American Mecca for musicians, songwriters, producers, performing artists and for other music industry professionals. As a songwriter here in Nashville, I am often asked to work with emerging artists to help Co-Write material for their independent projects. Talented new singers arrive here every day from all around the world. They come for a variety of reasons but they all come with the same goal, to test their skills on the biggest musical stage in the world – NASHVILLE.

As a full time songwriter, I sit through writing session after writing session and I almost become numb to the day to day process of hearing one great voice after another come into our writing session armed with the passion for sharing their artistry. They all sing Great or I wouldn’t waste my time working with them but WHY do some sound better than others?
Last fall, I was working with an Artist and helping him Co-Write songs for his next CD project. We had written together many times so I was very familiar with his voice and his Artistry. One day, he was warming up before our weekly writing appointment and I noticed he sounded different. I always loved his voice but I noticed that he had more power and I was hearing more overtones.
He was always an excellent singer but this was a very drastic improvement for him. When I asked him what brought about the sudden positive change, he said he had hired a Vocal Coach. After a few more weeks, I noticed that his phrasing was improving, vowel and consonant sounds were changing and there was noticeably more character to his voice.

At that point, I wanted to hear First-Hand what was going on, so I graciously invited myself to one of his Vocal Lessons and that’s how I met Kimberly.

Since that day, I have had the opportunity to work with Kimberly very closely. We’ve Co-Written together, we’ve rehearsed songs together, I’ve played guitar for Kimberly at songwriter rounds here in Nashville and most importantly, I’ve been able to sit through and observe coaching sessions with Kimberly.

As a songwriter, I love telling stories. So let me tell a “Success Story.” Earlier this year, I was Co-Writing with a young female artist here in Nashville and also backing her up on guitar at songwriter rounds. She had a nice Contemporary Tone to her voice but she was almost totally untrained as a singer. Another one of those “Great” voices you hear every day in Nashville but a voice without that “WOW FACTOR” that you need to have in order to be signed as an Artist.

After working with her for a few months, I recommended that she take some vocal coaching lessons from Kimberly. I attended the Vocal Lessons and from the start, Kimberly was able to patiently assess where the Artist was and to help her gain a direct understanding of tools that successful artists were using in the Marketplace today. I’m personally not a singer, I’m a guitarist / arranger. So it was fascinating for me to watch Kimberly work with this Artist.
Through Kimberly’s coaching and direction, the Artist was quickly able to use and understand the techniques behind using Head Voice, Chest Voice, Power Voice, Blended Voice, Mask Voice, Speech Level Singing and much more.

At lessons, Kimberly listened to the Artist sing a song I had Co-Written with the Artist and then went through the song: word-by-word, line-by- line, phrase-by-phrase teaching the Artist how to open vowel sounds, how to shape phrases, where and how to breathe. After a few short lessons, it was necessary for me to Re-Key the song a Whole Step Higher because the Artist’s Range had increased and for the first time she was singing with Power and Confidence.
Now, will that Artist get a record deal or get signed to a developmental deal by a label? That would sure make a Happy ending to this story but no one really knows what the next step is in any Artist’s journey. I do know that Kimberly gave the Artist the tools that she needs to be more competitive in the Marketplace and she helped the Artist find poise and confidence on stage. That’s Success.

There are still two more things you need to know about Kimberly:
First, she just doesn’t “suggest” or “explain” a technique or a concept to an Artist . Kimberly demonstrates it right there in front of you.

Second, she comes to hear you sing Live. She just doesn’t teach, she invests herself in you personally and emotionally. She’ll surprise you when you don’t expect it and she’ll be in the audience when you’re singing just to make sure you’re applying what she’s giving you.

Students

"Kim didn’t change my sound; she enhanced it and took my singing to a whole other level."
When I first stepped into Kim’s studio, I was singing in the back of my throat, breathing in all the wrong places, and belting every note. After one lesson, I could already feel a transformation starting to take place. Fast forward a year, and here I am completely in awe of all the things I can do with my voice! Kim opened up a whole new world of singing to me and most importantly, taught me how to sing COMMERCIALLY. Now, when I step into the vocal booth to record, I am so confident in my abilities that I don’t over-sing anymore. I’m learning to kick my old habits. As a vocal producer, Kim understands my voice and all the colors, tones, and elements that bring out the best in me for each take. Kim didn’t change my sound; she enhanced it and took my singing to a whole other level. 
"I give her all the credit for taking me from a "singer" to a recording ARTIST."
I can honestly say that Kim has not only transformed my voice, but also my life. I have tried every top dollar vocal coach in town for 3 years and never found the amount of self-discovery that I have from Kim. Every session I have had has come with a major breakthrough. Her focus on vocal production has taught me tons of valuable tools like melodic rhythms, dynamic use of tones and percussive breathing. These have been extremely useful especially when we go into the recording studio together. I give her all the credit for taking me from a "singer" to a recording ARTIST.  She has also taught me the other half of being an artist, which is completely mental and physiological. She understands every part of the mindset of an artist and really helps me through the ups and downs of this career. I walk out of every lesson feeling like I just had a therapy session along with gaining a new set of tools that are completely relevant to exactly what is going on the radio. Kim holds the keys to your locks and I will be forever thankful for everything she does for me and her other artists!
"Kim has been a huge factor in shaping me into the professional recording artist that I am."
Kim Franca is the most dedicated, passionate, enchanting vocal coach I have ever worked with. Kim has been a huge factor in shaping me into the professional recording artist that I am. She teaches you the tools that mainstream artist’s use and coaches you on how to shape the most powerful vocals you have ever made. She will guide you intuitively and compassionately into helping you become the BEST singer you could possibly be by really personalizing your lessons and identifying what in your technique needs attention to move forward. Kim is a healing vocal coach who honors the beauty in each artist and enhances it by using her wise hears and reputable experience. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
"She helped me to produce and execute my vocals on a competitive commercial pop level."
I started working with Kim in January of 2014 when my band The Madison Letter began the recording process for our latest album.  She helped me to produce and execute my vocals on a competitive commercial pop level for the first time and make sure I was bringing every ounce of my writing off of the paper and into the live performance.  She brought our album to a completely different level than it would have ever been without her help.   

Over the past year, Kim has helped me to truly begin discovering MY voice and what makes me unique as a vocalist.  I can't count how many people have come up to me after live performances and told me how much I have grown and improved in such a short amount of time.  Kim understands vocals far past the cognitive, and knows how to teach, relate, and sing from a place deep within the soul.
"She’s taught me sing from the heart and find the sound that truly is supposed to come out."
She’s extremely passionate and cares about people who are trying to hone their craft as vocalists, artists and songwriters. No pampering, no cutting corners. Kim helped me realize there are so many ways to phrase words, to shape tones and to have presence in every moment. With her enthusiasm, honesty, and a heart of a child, she has helped me become my best “me”. She’s taught me sing from the heart and find the sound that truly is supposed to come out.   

The working environment is open, friendly, hip, fresh, and honest and is always energetic and happy. I love working with Kim because she motivates me. She inspires me to be the best me I can be. Every time I leave lesson all I want to do is sing all day because her spirit is so inspirational and so clear. Kim has been a truly caring mentor, an amazing deep songwriter and a God gifted vocalist and coach.
"Kim Franca is the vocal coach I had been searching for for a long time."
Kim Franca is the vocal coach I had been searching for for a long time. I felt I needed a vocal coach to help me get rid of tension, open up and discover new colors in my voice. Kim has been amazing for me! I absolutely love working with her. I leave every lesson feeling better than when I walked in. It's the first time in my life I have not felt nervous in lessons. Kim always makes you feel at ease and gets the best out of you every time. 

Kim has opened my eyes to so much with my voice: 

1. How to breathe 
2. How to warm up
3. Opening up my vowels
4. How to use my head voice
5. Melodic rhythms
6. Putting bass into my voice
7. Clipping and not over singing
8. Speech level vocals
9. Expressing using less volume
10. Emphasizing the important words
11. Not reaching for notes
12. Different mouthpiece shapes
"I've recently recorded my best vocals yet because of the incredible hit song formula Kim teaches."
Kim Franca is a one of a kind vocal coach. I’ve never met a teacher like her who truly wants to know who you are before beginning the first lesson. She doesn’t just teach you how to “sing”, she teaches you how to be a professional recording artist. I can genuinely say that she has transformed my voice to a whole other level within the last year. Before I met her, I was all about belting and showing off the fact that I have a big voice. But Kim really helped me discover so many other different softer and mid tones to my voice that I never knew existed. I've recently recorded my best vocals yet because of her incredible hit song formula she teaches. I’ve learned so much about myself as a person and as an artist thanks to her genuine willingness to help and teach. Kim Franca is no joke. She LOVES what she does and you will never find someone more passionate about the voice.