Bajan In Total Control of Herself – Livvi Franc joins the Meredith Brooks club: B. * T.C.H. [PG-13: Language]

Do you remember in 1997 when Meredith Brooks had an unexpected hit by cursing? Nobody would say the name of the song even as it climbed all the way to #2 in USA, #6 in Britain and a hit all over Europe.

Yet the song, BITCH – a catchy examination of all the facets of being female – was one of the key elements for Mel Gibson’s 2000 hit comedy “What Women Want.”

Now, the Bajan gal who’s looking to make a name for herself in England – Livvi Franc – who’s used a producer whose worked with Nas and (a soberer?) Amy Winehouse.

She spoke with Rap-Up dot com and revealed her early years;-

By way of Harrogate, England, and Barbados, 21-year-old Livvi has traversed from an in-the-shadows student to emerging B.I.T.C.H.?a concept she describes for every young woman as ?Being In Total Control of Herself.?

?In high school, I was a wallflower and as I matured, I came into my own,? says Livvi, who cites Lauryn Hill and Alannis Morissette as musical inspirations. ?I learned that being defined as a bitch doesn?t have to be negative. The song is about when that crush?in high school or in life?does not notice you, as you come into your own, you will be able to say, ?Now I?m that bitch.??

With bold self-assurance and a musical style that is an eclectic mash-up of pop, folk, and Caribbean flavor, it?s no wonder the arrestingly feminine and powerful chant Livvi announces on her single incites confidence in women around the globe.

Though she?s already being compared creatively to Rihanna, Lily Allen, and Lady GaGa, according to Livvi, her casual flair is unique and her sound, distinct. ?Being compared to Rihanna is flattering,? Livvi reveals. ?She is very talented, but I think my music will speak for itself.?

Yet many here thought when she sang at last year’s Rihanna birthday tribute that was trying a bit too hard to mimic Barbados’ #1 export? Anyway, her debut album is due by summer this year – she signed up with Jive Records.

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