After six albums, longtime Sunset District resident and children’s musician Frances England has finally earned a Grammy Award nomination. Her sixth album, Explorer of the World, is one of five nominees for the Best Children’s Album category, and it’s chock-full of whimsical, acoustic pop ballads, many of which are tied to San Francisco.
England got her start in music in 2006 after writing an album of songs — Fascinating Creatures — as a fundraiser gift for her son’s preschool. The record went on to win and become the sole recipient of the 2007 Oppenheim Platinum Award for Music — an event that motivated the burgeoning musician to keep churning out tunes.
Her love for the city of San Francisco can be heard throughout Explorer of the World, most notably in “City of Hills” and “City Don’t Sleep.” England worked on the record for two years, culling sounds from neighborhood walks around the city that she captured using a hand-held microphone. Grammy-nominated producer Dean Jones and composer Dave Winer also contributed to the album.
Catch the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, to see if England wins!