By: Denise Warner
You know her and have heard her amazing voice from American
Idol and The Voice and a bunch of news headlines. Now, Frenchie Davis
talks to She Magazine about TV, Broadway and coming out as she gets
ready to visit South Florida to headline at one of the biggest events for
women in the country, Aqua Girl, taking place in Miami Beach, May
15th - 19th. Make sure you bring this issue to get it autographed!
You’ve accomplished so much–the TV singing competitions,
studio album releases, Broadway and concert tours. Where
do you feel most comfortable?
I would say Broadway. I love being on stage.
What do you remember most about The Voice and working
with Christina Aguilera?
What I remember most is the amazing friendships I built with the other
contestants. I love them like family, and I am forever changed for the
better since having them in my life.
Does it get annoying at times to have The Voice and America Idol come
up in, I am guessing, almost every interview?
[Laughs] Sometimes, but I accept that it comes with the territory and
appreciate the fact that were it not for those two shows, people may not
be interviewing me in the first place.
What’s been the hardest thing about being in the celebrity spotlight?
The loss of privacy. I first entered this business
because I genuinely love to sing, and I’m
good at it. But, most of the things that come
with being in this business have nothing to do
with singing at all. It’s strange that people in other professions can work hard to reach their
full potential and still have a private life, but
artists are expected to relinquish their rights
to any privacy whatsoever in exchange for
reaching their full potential. It is a bit unfair,
but life is too short to be mad about it. So, I
just choose to embrace it.
I understand you came out to your
mom at age 16. As we celebrate Mother’s
Day this May, can you expand on
the relationship with her as well as
your mom’s support in your life and in
your coming out process?
My mother taught me so much about being
strong and owning who I am. She was the
oldest of six, from a poor family and was the
first one in her family to go to college. She
marched and protested during the civil rights
era. Her life experiences gave her the conviction
that she would raise children who would
never apologize for who they are. It was actually
a bigger deal to the public than it was
to my mom. She had many LGBT friends, and
she wasn’t really shocked or bothered by it.
She simply said “ok” when I told her. [Laughs]
She is awesome, and I love her a lot.
We read in other interviews that you
decided to publicly come out because
of your relationship with a woman.
Was there something specific that
triggered the process,or did you just
want to let everyone know you were
Well, I was doing a magazine interview, and
the interviewer asked about my love life–
wanting to know if I was seeing someone...
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