FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM LIVE SESSIONS
Every Thursday at 5:00pm EST
Jeff is continuing his weekly Facebook/Instagram weekly concerts. He appreciates your continued support and is approaching 3 years!
Live Videos every Thursday at 5:00pm EST. Jeff prepares new material each week ranging from The Theme to Cinema Paradiso to Elton John to Billy Eilish's Bad Guy to Miles Davis. Here's the link to Jeff's page on Facebook:
New Dennis Van AARSEN ALBUM!
I'm excited about Dennis van Aarssen's new Christmas album called Christmas When You're Here that includes 7 co-writes with Dennis and Maria Christ ansen.Two of the standout songs are The Old Songs and Stay for Christmas.
HOLIDAY CHART ACTION
FEATURING LUCY WOODWARD
SmoothJazz Christmas Singles Global is featuring my single The Old Songs, as well as Stay For Christmas which is a duet with Lucy Woodward.
5 SONGS ON LEROY STYLES ALBUM
INCLUDING THE FIRST SINGLE
I recorded 5 piano tracks which I co-wrote with Dutch artist Leroy Styles. on his new album, Rebirth .The songs include the first single "I Got You," along with "Pointing Fingers," "No Strings Attached,""I'm a Blessed Man" and "The Son of God." Check it out on Spotify and other streaming services.
LONELY PEOPLE — single by IMEN SIAR
Jeff is excited about his single Lonely People which was released on March, 18th by Imen Siar. Imen was a finalist for Britian's Got Talent and recorded the song in English, Italian and Arabic. Florence and the Machine produced the song and below is the video: 250,000 views in two weeks!
Be Your Man — Rhys Lewis, hit single by UK artist
Never Saw Blue Like That — Shawn Colvin, in the Julia Roberts film Runaway Bride, and Dawson's Creek
La Tua Semplicità on Amore Infinito — Placido Domingo and Josh Groban, featuring lyrics by Pope John II
Under the Sun - Rhys Lewis from his album Things I Chose To Remember which I co-wrote with Rhys.
Meet Me In Miami -Dennis van Aarssen- Holland's The Voice winner next single- August 14th, 2020.
Can't Feel the Rain - Jordan Grace-Producer-Luca Schreiner - Co-written by Rhys Lewis. Release this coming fall on Ultra Records
Hurt By Paradise Film - An Old Fashioned Mystery which I scored along with Dalal Bruchmann.
Wishing on a... was recorded and released by Mai Kuraki in Japan.
I Could Hardly Ask For More — Jeff Franzel, performing a solo piano composition on the album "When You Know"
Walk to the Beat of my Heart — The Jamaican band Persons of Interest will release this song in the Fall
When You Know - Shawn Colvin -Serendipity Film co-written by Tom Kimmel.
Jeff Franzel is a multi-talented songwriter and composer with over 35 years’ experience in the music business. He began his career as a jazz pianist and toured with many groups, including big band legend Les Brown and The Hues Corporation (Rock The Boat). During that time he accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mel Tormé.
Jeff has been a Yamaha artist since 2011, and has recorded 3 solo piano albums and Taken By Surprise with his jazz quintet. His current project with Music OK is featuring Jeff’s rendition of well known Movie Themes which he recorded in Montreal as well. Release date is December, 2021 with videos that will be featured on YouTube and all of the portal sites.
Jeff's first ever recorded song was Taylor Dayne's "Don't Rush Me" which was a #2 pop hit. Jeff had a top 10 AC hit "You've Got A Way" with Kathy Troccoli and a #1 Contemporary Christian Dove Nominee "Love Was Never Meant To Die". Jeff had hits with The Temptations , Phyllis Hyman, Louise ,” NSYNC (2 songs), Shawn Colvin (2 songs), Clay Aiken, Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, Pope John Paul II and Rhys Lewis. Jeff has had over 20 top 10 singles and 275 recordings worldwide.
A number of Jeff's songs have been featured in Runaway Bride, Serendipity, Deja Vu, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Saturday Night Live, Dawson's Creek and Touched by an Angel.
Currently Jeff has his songs recorded by Rhys Lewis and Dennis van Aarssen, and recently scored Hurt By Paradise and The Rehearsal. Jeff’s song Be Your Man featuring Rhys Lewis has over 50 million streams. Jeff has been working with Able Faces from Glasgow and has had 3 single releases including an upcoming song that was co-written with Gian Stone. Jeff also has six songs on Dennis van Aarssen's upcoming release this month. Dennis’s previous release featuring three of Jeff’s songs Forever went gold in Holland this year.
Jeff has been mentoring songwriters for The Songwriting Academy UK for the last 5 years and has annually been mentoring TSA Songwriting Retreat held in Malaga, Spain since 2017.
TEACHING: MASTER CLASSES & LESSONS
Jeff teaches piano and songwriting privately, both in person and via Skype throughout the world. Jeff has been teaching for 6 years for The Songwriting Academy UK.
My focus is developing ones individual voice through learning the craft of songwriting. When teaching piano I help the student to develop chord structure and scales as well as the basic tools of learning how to improvise piano. I look at music as a language and the more knowledge one has the more they can express themselves. [read more]
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RON FONTENOT