Fraser finds more to life than music

“Flags” — the third effort from New Zealand composer Brooke Fraser — ripples with quirky, off-kilter Kiwi folk-pop, which took it straight to No. 1 on her country’s charts.

“But I want to make music that does something good as well — not music about just going out to some club and grinding all night,” says the singer, who appears at Cafe Du Nord on Dec. 5. “I want to make music that can bring some kind of comfort, hope and warmth to people and their lives.”

To that end, the kickoff “Flags” single, “Something in the Water,” is more than a sparkling little singalong. It echoes Fraser’s recent linkup with an organization called Charity Water.

“It’s all about getting clean water to people around the world,” she says. “And they’re doing it in a really transparent, straightforward manner. So on my tour, I’m trying to raise $50,000 between now and Dec. 15, my birthday, to build these clean-water wells.”

Fraser’s last recording, “Albertine,” was named for a child she met while visiting Rwanda, where she and husband Scott Ligertwood are currently sponsoring seven children via another group she supports, World Vision.

“My first trip into the field was Cambodia, to visit a child I was sponsoring there,” Fraser says. “Then I found myself in a country torn apart by genocide, Rwanda, and that was really quite traumatic — and in hindsight kind of foolish. But to meet and talk to people who’d experienced real evil had a profound effect on that album I went on to write.”

Fraser did not plan on becoming such a humanitarian. But at 17, the aspiring songwriter attended a World Vision-backed concert where she heard an artist talk of his life-changing charity work in Africa and learned how to become involved.

So she promptly started a part-time job and donated her earnings to a needy child in Tanzania.

“Then I became an artist, signed to a major label at 18, and so I wanted to use my music to draw attention to these types of issues,” Fraser says.

Also, the singer wants to set the record straight on one misconception: Yes, she happens to be Christian.

“But my records have always been played on mainstream radio, and I definitely have an aversion to the Christian-music industry — I actually find it quite alarming and want no part of it,” Fraser says.

But why does she care so much? She’s not sure.

“But I have a unique opportunity to do something with the influence that I have,” Fraser says. “And influence is like currency — one should try and spend it wisely.”

IF YOU GO
Brooke Fraser

Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 5
Tickets: $20
Contact: www.ticketweb.com

artsentertainmentmusicPop Music & JazzSan Francisco

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have taken different approaches to transit and infrastructure funding. <ins>(Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)</ins>
Bay Area transit has big hopes for a Biden administration

The best chance for local agencies to get relief may be a change in federal leadership

BART Ambassadors are being called on to assist riders in social situations that don’t require police force. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Unarmed BART ambassadors program formalized with a focus on community service

Public safety and police reform are key elements in campaigns of Board members Dufty and Simon

East Bay hills and Port of Oakland visible from Point San Bruno Park jetty. (Shutterstock)
East Bay agencies urge precautionary evacuations ahead of wind event

At least two East Bay jurisdictions suggested Sunday that residents in the… Continue reading

Nate Durand of Chug Pub created an election-themed cocktail which has several names: Biden Harris, Barris, Hiden, and/or Dem Juice. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Drink blue, no matter who

But bar parties aren’t planned for Election Day

Lee Vining and Inyo National Forest are excellent fall color tour destinations. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gold Rush: Go now to see Sierra fall color

Maples, oaks, dogwoods, aspens glow in the next few weeks

Most Read