Asha Franco was born and raised in the hinterland of Byron Bay in 1999.
A student of the Steiner schooling system meant her creativity was encouraged to bloom. She took to singing early and was a natural and accomplished performer by the end of her schooling.
A creative outlet from a young age, she sang and played the piano from the age of 10, and performed regularly in school showcases and final year performances.
A songwriter and vocalist, her Mediterranean roots have imbued her with a distinct voice and style. Asha has explored many musical genres, and like so many before her, fell in love with jazz at 16.
Asha’s main influences are drawn from Jazz/Fusion, Funk, Neo-soul and Hip-hop. The music stemming from the 70s and 90s has inspired her to find her innate expression as a vocalist. Asha admires the exceptional works of performers Esperanza Spalding, Nai Palm and Jeff Buckley to name a few.
Asha has been lead vocalist with Kotoba from the very birth of this unique 14-piece Acid-Jazz band. She is thriving in her role and collaboration with her two close friends, Kotoba’s producers Amirel Lachish and Mark Heazlett.
Asha is currently writing her next body of work, exploring projects with peers and working on a single with Tora. She was part of Merryn Jeans’ ‘Infinite Song’ compilation this year.