B i o g r a p h y
Best known for her four duets with Dan Hill (In Your Eyes, Hold Me Now, Sometimes When We Touch and Can't We Try), Rique Franks has sung, toured, recorded and/or written with many Canadian and international recording artists including Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Alannah Myles, Alexander O'Neal, Martin Fry (ABC), Alan Frew and Glass Tiger, Susan Aglukark, Bruce Guthro, Glen Lewis, Joel Feeney (singer/songwriter for the likes of LeAnn Rimes), Eddie Schwartz (Writer for Pat Benatar), Lisa Dalbello, Ronnie Greenfield-formerly Spector (The Ronettes), Lorraine Segato (Parachute Club), Alfie Zappacosta, Stephan Mocchio (Celine Dion), Marc Jordan (Rod Stewart) - the list goes on and on.
As a busy session singer and voice actor in Toronto, she recently sang for David Clayton Thomas (Blood Sweat and Tears) on his new album (Oct. 2010 release) as well as Justin Nozouka's newly-released album, You I Wind Land and Sea. Unlike most singers who knew they wanted to do this all their lives, Rique started late, in her mid twenties, after being encouraged by her friend Rupert "Ojiji" Harvey (Messenjah). She joined a cover-band on a lark and, within the first week, was discovered by Marvin Dolgay (Tambre Productions) and Doug Paulson (TV's Thrill of a Lifetime). Marvin somehow got her into the union (ACTRA) overnight and hired her for her first jingle the very next day. That jingle (for Thrifty's) won an award and work suddenly snowballed. Before she knew it, she was a very busy studio singer and had to put university on hold. Most influenced by the people she worked with doing jingles in those early days, including Lisa Dalbello, Neil Donell (who sang with her on that award-winning spot), David Blamires, Johnny Rutledge and others, she has sung and/or read thousands of memorable commercials for countless products.
Currently, Rique performs live as a featured soloist and core performer with Jeans 'n Classics singing everything from Annie Lennox to Gershwin to Led Zeppelin with orchestras across North America.
Finally, Rique can be heard daily as the on-air speaking-voice of Showcase Television, saying, among other things, "viewer discretion is advised"... a lot.