Francisca Valenzuela

Francisca Valenzuela(born March 17, 1987 in San Francisco, California ) is an American -born Chilean singer , poet, and multi-instrumentalist. Valenzuela was born and raised in San Francisco, California , where she resided until the age of 12, before moving to Santiago, Chile . She gained to popularity in Chile and Latin America, following the release of her debut album,Muérdete La Lenguain June 2007. Her second album,Buen Soldadofollowed in March 2011. Valenzuela has earned both gold and platinum album certification in Chile.

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 Francisca Valenzuela's Early life

Eventually, the family would make the permanent move to Santiago, when she was 12. Valenzuela attended Saint George's College , an elite private school in the Vitacura neighborhood of Santiago.

El Andar. In 2000, she published her first book,"Defenseless Waters", featuring a collection of her poems and illustrations. The book featured a foreword by famed Chilean author, Isabel Allende . She released her second book,"Abejorros/Madurar", which was distributed in Spain and Latin America in 2001. As part a promotional tour for"Defenseless Waters", she brought her guitar and keyboard to venues in northern California, where she gave poetry readings and performed songs of her own composition. Valenzuela is fluent in English and Spanish, and often composes songs in both languages.

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 Francisca Valenzuela's Music career

2004-2007: Debut album:Muérdete la Lengua[edit]

Valenzuela performing at a concert in 2008.

In 2006, Valenzuela unofficially released her first solo single, "Peces", which she wrote at age 13 about a boy she liked who did not reciprocate her feelings. Within a few months after its release, "Peces" gained popularity on Chilean radio. "Peces" was recognized by Rolling Stone magazine in Chile, as one of the best 100 songs of the year 2006. Due to the success of her first unofficial single, Valenzuela began recording her debut album in Santiago. Brothers Mauricio and Francisco Durán of Los Bunkers produced the album. In December 2006, she released her second single, " Dulce ", which reached number two on Chile's national charts.

To add more achievements to her short musical career, on May 19, 2007, she was invited by Julieta Venegas to open her concert at Teatro Caupolicán. On June 30, 2007, her debut album,Muérdete La Lenguawas released in Chile. The Chilean press quickly dubbed her asThe Princess of Rock, calling her,"[a] new musical revelation". Soon after its release, the album was certified as Gold in Chile. Valenzuela performed in New York City at the annual LAMC conference in July 2008. This was Valenzuela's first musical exposure in the US and gave her an opportunity to showcase her music outside of Latin America. To promote her debut album, Valenzuela performed at various venues across Chile, as well as Mexico, Argentina, and other countries throughout Latin America.

2009–2012: Second studio album:Buen Soldado[edit]

In early 2009, Valenzuela began the pre-production stages for her second album in Santiago and Berlin . She contributed to the Chilean water conservation documentaryH2O:Cero, by composing a new song called "En Blanco" for the film. She has also participated in the album tribute for Violeta Parra , recording a new version of "Run Run Se Fue Pa'l Norte" as well as recording a version of Inti-Illimani 's song "Vuelvo".

; the album was released on March 3, 2011 in Chile as a physical and digital release. In addition to embarking on a national tour in Chile, Valenzuela also promoted Buen Soldado internationally at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas in March 2012. She also performed at Midem in Cannes , France , representing Chile. Valenzuela had previously performed at the festival in 2011.

Third studio album: Tajo Abierto (2014 to present)[edit]

"Armadura" was announced as the album's second single and was released for digital download on December 11, 2014. Tajo Abierto was named one of the best albums of 2014 by iTunes Chile.

Other music ventures: 2013 to present[edit]

. She recorded a cover of Sanz'sLola Soledadfor the album. The album features contributions from thirteen female vocalists, including Thalía and Ana Torroja . The album was released worldwide on iTunes on November 19, 2013.

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 Francisca Valenzuela's Fashion career

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 Francisca Valenzuela's Personal life

Later, she studied journalism at Universidad Católica in Santiago , Chile . In 2010, due to a busy touring and pre-production schedule for her second album, she put her studies on hold and later dropped out in order to pursue music full-time. As of January 2016, she is in a relationship with Chilean producer, Vicente Sanfuentes. She resides in Los Angeles, California.

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 Francisca Valenzuela's Discography

Studio albums[]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
Muérdete La Lengua 7
Buen Soldado
  • Released: March 3, 2011
  • Label: Sony BMG/Independent
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Tajo Abierto
  • Released: September 9, 2014
  • Label: Frantastic Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


SingleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Peces"2006 85Muérdete La Lengua
"Dulce" 2
"Muérdete La Lengua" 2007 6
"Afortunada"2008 30
"Muleta" 78
"El Tiempo en Las Bastillas"2009 93Los 80, más que una moda
"Quiero Verte Más"2011 17Buen Soldado
"Que Sería" 71
"En Mi Memoria" 91
"Buen Soldado" 2012 10
"Prenderemos fuego al cielo" 2014 9Tajo Abierto
"Armadura" 2014Tajo Abierto
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[]

SingleYearPeak chart positionAlbum
"Help Me"
(with Latin Bitman)
2009 91Colour
"Al Frío"
(withLeonel García)
2010 84
"Mucho Corazón"
(with Sussie 4)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

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 Francisca Valenzuela's Music Videos

  • "Dulce" (2006)
  • " Muérdete La Lengua "(2007)
  • " Afortunada "(2008)
  • " Muleta "(2008)
  • "Peces"(2009)
  • ""El Tiempo en Las Bastillas"(2009)
  • "Help Me (Latin Bitman feat. Francisca Valenzuela) (2009)
  • "Estrechez de Corazón (as a featured artist) (2011)
  • " Quiero Verte Más " (2011)
  • "Que Sería" (2011)
  • "En Mi Memoria" (2011)
  • "Esta Soy Yo" (2011)
  • "Mucho Corazón" (Sussie 4 feat. Francisca Valenzuela) (2012)
  • "Buen Soldado (2012)
  • "Reina tropical de Brasil" (2014)
  • "" Prenderemos fuego al cielo " (2014)
  • "Live It" (as a featured artist) (2014)
  • "Armadura" (2015)
  • "Insulto" (2015)

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 Francisca Valenzuela's References

  1. Francisca Valenzuela receives platinum and gold album status
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  4. "Francisca Valenzuela: "La Dama que no rinde cuentas…A Nadie"". Pop Magazine. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  5. Peter Quincy Ng (15 March 2010). "Politics, Poetry and Music: My Conversations with Francisca Valenzuela". Alternavox. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  6. Skolnick, Sara (10 September 2014). "Interview: Chilean Pop Sensation Francisca Valenzuela on Her New Album Tajo Abierto and Pajama-Mode Recording Sessions". Remezcla. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  7. "Francisca Valenzuelase presentará este lunes por segunda vez en Cannes". 30 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  8. Aldea, Sofia (30 March 2013). "QUIERO SER UNA ARTISTA CON OPINIÓN". Paula Revista. 
  9. "Francisca Valenzuela sale a confirmar su ascenso con nuevo disco para marzo.". La Tercera. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  10. "‘Tajo Abierto’ es el título del nuevo disco de Francisca Valenzuela". People Music. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  11. Navarro, Bernardo (August 22, 2014). "Francisca Valenzuela: "Entrevisa con Francisca Valenzuela"" (in Spanish). El Mercurio. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  12. "Francisca Valenzuela: "En este disco busqué intencionalmente salir de mi zona de confort"" (in Spanish). El Mercurio. July 16, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  13. "El Diario de Francisca Valenzuela" (in Spanish). Lifebox. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  14. P. Reyes (1 August 2014). "Lollapalooza Chicago parte su primera jornada celebrando los 10 años del evento" (in Spanish). La Tercera. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  16. "Alejandro Sanz, versionado por artistazas en '¿Y si fueran ellas?'". 15 October 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  17. Garzo, Vicente (12 May 2014). "HBO PRESENTA ‘ENCUENTROS EN BRASIL’". Twit Sessions. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  18. Walker, Lesley (28 December 2014). "VIDEO: Qatar builds anticipation for Handball 2015 with new anthem". Doha News. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  19. "Francisca Valenzuela es el nuevo rostro de Foster para 2012" (in Spanish). 10 April 2012. Retrieved 2014. 
  20. "Alianza entre música y moda: Francisca Valenzuela lanza nueva línea de ropa para Foster" (in Spanish). Biobio Chile. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  21. "Arts Innovator: Francisca Valenzuela, Chile". American Quarterly. Spring 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 

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