Francine Honey offers a solution for couples needing to reconnect: ‘Hunker Down’
Life is crazy busy for all couples with kids.
“Between the bills, kids and work there’s not much time for me and you,” laments Ottawa singer-songwriter Francine Honey as she reminds us that every once in a while, couples need to put the life back into life together!
“Hunker Down” leads the way on finding the passion again with this upbeat new single and video blending the very best of Americana, country and roots with layers of guitar, fiddle, and smooth, honeyed, soaring vocals. “Hunker Down” focuses on the romantic side of a long-term couple hunkering down at home.
<em>Let’s hunker down, I’m not foolin’ ’round
If we gotta be stuck at home, glad I’m stuck on you
This crazy world, still goes around
There’s a raging storm outside, it’s gonna be a wild ride
So Baby, let’s hunker down</em>
Evoking a wild ride where you roll the windows all the way down to let your hair blow in the wind, “Hunker Down” highlights the playfulness at the heart of any good romantic relationship, and gives us all hope that, amidst the craziness of life, love will ultimately win.
“Hunker Down,” penned with collaborator Dan Washburn, who also lends his vocals on the track, is on Francine’s newly released LP, I Carry On.
With 12 tracks consisting of a mix of five new songs and previously released singles, I Carry On has already received international recognition and touched many of Francine’s fans worldwide.
“This album set out to make itself” Francine said. Most albums she has recorded to date have been intentional pieces of work recorded in sessions in Nashville lasting a week or two. The songs that find themselves on I Carry On are a compilation of songs recorded individually over the years that found their way together.
“We have all gone through our own individual experiences, however, we have all experienced similar emotions … grief, loss, hope, tragedy, fear, loneliness, togetherness, gratitude, anger, reaching out, reaching within, holding onto each other, dreaming of the future and celebration,” Francine said. “This collection of songs is an experience through the journey of resilience and hope for those that listen from beginning to end.”
Her own journey through life’s changes has been years in the making.
Although she’s been making music since childhood, Francine never dreamed of making it a career. Instead, she studied mathematics and computer science, got married, had kids, and worked as a project manager in the Canadian federal government. Her life seemed perfect. Then a near-simultaneous breakup and job loss forced her to relocate, find a new career and raise a family alone. Music went on the back burner; she never stopped writing, but songs went unfinished. In 2013, Francine took the plunge into songwriting full-time, graduating from the Berklee College of Music.
She has worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Neilson Hubbard and the same core group of first-call players in Nashville TN since 2018.
During this time Francine has gone on to write, record, perform and release a series of albums and singles featuring her signature vocals and her pure authentic songwriting.
Her third full-length release, to be continued (2018), solidified Francine’s place as an artist to watch for, scooping up international accolades. She has earned numerous finalist and semi-finalist honours from industry organizations and competitions, such as the International Songwriting Competition, Blues and Roots International Songwriting Competition, Canadian Songwriting Competition and UK Songwriting Competition, and she’s won a first-place honour from the Austin Songwriting Group for “Stay.”
Francine’s 2019 holiday album Take Me To The North Pole made Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Christmas Albums of the Year list.