Award-Winning Singer and CEO of The RISE Foundation
While popular Irish singer Frances Black is touring around the United States at the moment, this time it is not to promote her music. Frances’ aim is to create awareness about The RISE Foundation, (www.therisefoundation.ie) which she set up in Ireland to support families who have a loved one with an alcohol or drug problem.
In tandem with her flourishing music career, Frances went back to college late in life to study to become an addiction therapist.
"When my mam passed away she left us all a small amount of money, and I wanted to do something to make her proud so I went back to college."
As part of her college training, Frances went to work with the renowned addiction specialist, Stephen Rowen, who was clinical director of the well-known Rutland treatment centre at that time. Through this experience, she witnessed the impact that alcohol and drug misuse has on families, which inspired her to set-up The RISE Foundation in 2008.
The RISE Foundation supports families who have loved ones with an alcohol or drug problem. It is dedicated to assisting them in understanding the nature of the alcohol/drug problem and the profound effects it has on relationships.
Frances has designed an education and counselling programme to help change the way that addiction is understood in family systems. She has a clear vision for The RISE Foundation over the next five years, which includes the development of a dedicated addiction awareness and education centre on the beautiful Rathlin Island, situated off the north coast of Antrim, and the nationwide roll-out of family programmes. She is now regarded as an expert in the field in Ireland, and is regularly called on speak on addiction-related matters.
In recognition of her work, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) bestowed Frances with the prestigious Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2010 and 2011.The RISE Foundation also won a Vodafone World of Difference award 2010.
In addition to her work in this area, Frances’ music career continues to prosper. She will be launching her tenth album, Stronger, on the Irish flagship TV show, The Late Late Show, on the 1st of March. She has wanted to do an album of cover versions for some time, so when she got the opportunity of going into the studio with renowned producer Bill Shanley, she jumped at the chance (album available from www.essentialirish.com)
“For years I have wanted to record cover versions of the songs that I love, written by great artists such as Richard Thompson, James Taylor, The McGarrigle Sisters, Carole King and many more. It was great working with Bill, he made it all so easy for me.”
Audiences worldwide know that Frances Black concerts are special, and Irish fans are thrilled that she will be performing all of the songs from her new album at Vicar Street concert theatre on March 15th and on her nationwide tour.
"I feel stronger and more passionate than ever about my music. This album is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have loved and lived these songs, they all tell stories of my life."
Frances will continue to progress her twin passions of music and The RISE Foundation this year. With the help of her supporters, she will continue to build on the dedication and commitment she has already shown to improving the lives of the families she works with, and to educating the people of Ireland around the subject of addiction.
For further information, please contact Frances Black……
Tel: 011 353 87 287 7284