Author: Jenna Hawryluk ‘20
When the Applied Music Industry II class at Monmouth University held auditions for the twelfth Blue Hawk Records compilation album, they were excited to select five different talented students to be a part of the record. It was then that they met Francesca. She is one of the lucky artists to be featured on the twelfth album entitled After Midnight. Francesca is currently an English and Creative Writing major, graduating from Monmouth University in 2020. With a passion for music, she auditioned for the student-run record label and blew everyone away.
Her original song, “Post Traumatic Love,” will be featured on After Midnight, and she is very excited for people to hear her work. This is not her first musical endeavor, as she has been working on an independent EP which is on track to release in the Spring of 2018. Last Wednesday night on Monmouth University’s radio station, WMCX, Francesca gave listeners an acoustic first listen to her song, “Post Traumatic Love”. It is a strong addition to Blue Hawk Records' compilation album, and Francesca’s beautiful and unique voice will certainly speak for itself on the record.
Photo By Shannon Lawrence ‘19
Francesca draws most of her inspiration from empowered female artists who have made names for themselves by being original. Amongst her plentiful inspirations are Amy Winehouse, Selena, and Donna Summer. She also gives credit to her mother for shaping her into the artist that she is now.
The Blue Hawk Records team has been working hard to develop Francesca alongside the other compilation artists including: Brianna Scangarello, Wynward, Brad Kraft, and the collaboration between Shadiyah Belton, Drew Fournier and Carlos Flores. The recording process is beginning this week, and the Blue Hawk team will be heading into the first studio session THIS Wednesday, February 28th at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park. After Midnight will be available digitally on April 18th, with a record release show starting at 2:45pm on Monmouth University's Residential Quad on release day. To follow our journey as we make this record, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and Facebook. For free SMS updates, you can text BHR to 882-02 to receive updates instantly!
Author: Hannah Clyne ’19
West Long Branch, New Jersey. On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, The Blue Hawk Records Applied Music Industry II class hosted auditions for their Twelfth Compilation album. The turnout at Woods Theatre was large, ultimately making the final decision extremely difficult, but by the end of the night, the class was able to choose five artists to feature on their newest album. The artists, all of various majors and years, include Brianna Scangarello, Wynward, Brad Kraft, Francesca Longiro, and collaborative act Shadiyah Belton, Drew Fournier and Carlos Flores!
Photo By: Shannon Lawrence’19
The chosen artists will be recording each of their songs at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park, New Jersey and for some, this will be their first experience in the studio. Brianna Scangarello, pictured above, will be recording her song “Hold on Close.” “I was honestly really nervous to audition, but my friends in the band Malibu, who were on the Blue Hawk Records’ Volume 11 Compilation Album, were also playing with me, so that definitely helped calm the nerves” said Bri. “It was such a fun experience, and when I got the call that I made it onto the album, I started jumping and screaming from excitement. Everyone in Blue Hawk Records is really cool and great to work with and I’m so excited and grateful that I get the opportunity to learn more about the industry, while doing something I love, alongside some really great people.”
In the upcoming weeks, Blue Hawk Records’ A&R and management teams will be working with each artist in order to prepare them for their recording sessions and upcoming performances. The class will also be working all semester long with Joe Rapolla, the Chair of the Music and Arts Department at Monmouth University, to prepare for the album release.
The 12th album is on track to be released on Wednesday, April 18th and a celebratory release show will be held on the same day on the Residential Quad starting at 2:45pm! To stay up to date with Blue Hawk Records’ Album 12, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For even more updates, text BHR to 882-02 to receive updates straight to your phone!