Hollywood born folk-rock poetess Franki Pineapple captures a vintage elegance harking back to the 70's Laurel Canyon music scene, punctuated by a sharp punk edge. Like a pineapple, Franki's strong exterior and hard-hitting, lyric-driven songs cut deeply into the sweetness of a raw, soulful core. Guitar in hand, Franki interweaves themes of love, addiction, desire, recovery and self-discovery, influenced by icons such as Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Lucinda Williams, Alanis Morissette, Madonna and Prince.
Franki's debut single ''Fuck It Man.,'' an anti-establishment, punk-pop anthem produced by Nataraj Tribino (P.M. Dawn, Nile Rodgers), accompanied by a lyric video designed by Romina Bianchi, gracefully underscored the last chaotic months of 2020, with a musical message of motivation to let go of people-pleasing and live life fully and fearlessly in the face of these uncertain 'cancel culture' times. Franki wrote the song as a self-reminder to stop seeking validation, especially through music, and to follow her artistic spirit. As the philosophy takes on a life of its own; she hopes it encourages individual freedom.
Franki's second single ''Evil Love'' released January, 2021, reveals her rock' 'n' roll journey through the darkness of love addiction into the light of self-love. Both singles have enjoyed widespread traction across Internet radio and minor play on terrestrial radio.
Franki's debut EP, Pineapple Grenade will be released on September 17, 2021 with songs produced by Chris Seefried (Andra Day, The Kooks, Lana Del Rey) and Nataraj Tribino (PM Dawn, Nile Rodgers); mixed by Chris Lord Alge; mastered by Bernie Grundman and Howie Weinberg; drums and percussion by Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Beyonce)
Franki graduated from Pepperdine University where she obtained her BA in Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in creative writing. Post college, she worked as an assistant for myriad creatives and executives at companies like Paramount Pictures, Showtime, CBS, VH1, Dreamworks, Lionsgate and Concord Music Group, while she honed her writing skills. Franki's path led her into music when JD Souther (Eagles, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt) hired her to transcribe his handwritten lyric journals for his upcoming album If The World Was You (2008), on which he thanked Franki (aka Stephanie Carlisi) for ''rendering lyric clarity from chaos.'' Souther recognized Franki's untapped songwriting talent and encouraged her to put her words to music. Taking his sage advice to heart, Franki dove into collaborating with musicians and fell soul-over-head-in-love with the craft of songwriting. She created a catalog of co-writes, some of which have been placed on independent albums, in film and in multi-award-winning music videos.
A born performer, Franki could contain herself only so long watching other artists sing her songs. She became obsessed with teaching herself to sing, play guitar and perform. Before long she was gigging all over Los Angeles and in different cities.
Franki has written a novel, Father F*cker., inspired by her unexpected journey into the world of music as she simultaneously faced her daddy issues and turned them into a literal soundtrack for her story, which she releases as a self-produced serial podcast that streams on Apple Podcasts, Spotify Podcasts and Buzzsprout. Franki is also a journalist and screenwriter with tv pilots that have been given serious consideration by major networks and production companies.