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Francisca Valenzuela is a Chilean, North American singer-songwriter, poet, entrepreneur, activist and instrumentalist. She has been called "the most glamorous Latin pop star" (Esquire magazine, Spain) and "one of the newest hit- makers" (New York Times, USA). Her music has been described as "elegant pop that seduces you and then shows you its teeth" (La Razón newspaper, Spain). Rolling Stone, Brazil, states "With a strong and assertive voice, Francisca is an excellent musician moving from the keyboards to guitars with confidence. She enthused the audience with hit songs full of great musical arrangements and sticky choruses."

She gained popularity in Chile and Latin America starting on 2007 after the release of her first LP, Muerdete la Lengua (Bite your Tongue), Gold and Platinum in Chile. With her second album, Buen Soldado (Good Soldier, 2011), Gold Album in her home country, Francisca has performed in renowned festivals throughout Latin America, Spain and U.S., including Austin City Limits, Arenal Sound, Vive Latino, Corona Capital, Pura Vida Australia, Personal Fest Buenos Aires, Lollapalooza Chile, SXSW, LAMC, MIDEM, World Expo Shanghai and the Festival Internacional de la Cancion de Viña del Mar. (Viña del Mar's International Song Festival).

Francisca has performed with artists such as Bono and U2, Miguel Bosé, Taylor Hawkin's Chevy Metal, Natalia Lafourcade, Ximena Sariñana, Beto Cuevas, Paulinho Moska, Sussie 4, Leonel Garcia, Fernando Cabrera, Inti Illimani, Ana Cañas, Pedro Aznar, among many others. Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes has declared himself a big fan of Francisca saying: "She has raw talent and a wonderful voice. I love her lyrics and melodies. She's got great potential." (El Mercurio newspaper, Chile)

In addition, Francisca has published two books. The first one is a poem collection written in English titled "Defenseless Waters" illustrated by Francisca herself and praised by writer Isabel Allende who also wrote its foreword. The second book is titled "Abejorros/Madurar‚" two short stories published by Plaza y Janes.

Currently, Francisca is an ambassador for the Todo Mejora foundation (associated with It Gets Better in the U.S.) and has been selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economical Forum (WEF).

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