Frances Quinlan

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Frances Quinlan
Quinlan in 2018
Quinlan in 2018
Background information
Birth nameChristine Frances Quinlan[1]
Born (1986-05-07) May 7, 1986 (age 34)
OriginNew Jersey, U.S.
Quakertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
LabelsSaddle Creek Records
Associated actsHop Along

Christine Frances Quinlan[1] (born 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and painter best known for leading the indie band Hop Along.


Quinlan was raised in North New Jersey and Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and was an active reader in her youth.[2] She began songwriting as a teenager with her brother, Andrew, who introduced her to female musicians including Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple, and Lauryn Hill.[2] In the mid-2000s, Quinlan began a solo acoustic project in college at Maryland Institute College of Art.[3] Quinlan then began using digital audio workstation software to record her first EP, Songs of the Sea.[2]

Quinlan recorded her first solo album, Freshman Year, under the name Hop Along, Queen Ansleis, in 2005, between her freshman and sophomore years.[4] She distributed the album on burned CDs.[3] After graduation, another brother, Mark, joined her on drums as she continued the project,[5] which was renamed Hop Along.[3] Hop Along's 2015 studio album Painted Shut was widely praised by critics for its "immediacy and emotional depth", led by Quinlan's voice.[5] Quinlan lived in Philadelphia in the mid-2010s, where she wrote the lyrics of the band's next album, Bark Your Head Off, Dog.[5]

Her album, Likewise, is the first solo album released under her own name and recorded with a bandmate from Hop Along. She also created the album's cover art. The album was released by Saddle Creek Records on January 31, 2020.[4]


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  1. ^ a b "ASCAP Ace Search - Frances Quinlan". ASCAP. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Schemmer, Cynthia (June 10, 2015). "A Graceful Scream". Impose Magazine. Archived from the original on June 7, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Vettese, John (August 21, 2015). "We're reasonably sure Hop Along is reissuing its coveted debut Freshman Year on vinyl". WXPN. Archived from the original on December 31, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Ruiz, Matthew Ismael (October 22, 2019). "Hop Along's Frances Quinlan Announces Debut Solo Album, Shares New Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on November 20, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference RS Busy was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ "Likewise by Frances Quinlan on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved November 25, 2019.

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