Oral History Information
Francesca Jozette Tharpe was so thrilled to have a role in her school's choir. The experience gave her a musical outlet and self-confidence, which led to her involvement with Musical Theater. She would later learn the guitar, began writing songs, and formed her own band, Free Range Buddha. An important element of her musical career has been the support of the owners of Candyman Strings & Things, where she had been the General Manager since 2017. The store’s owners, Cindy and Rand Cook take great pride in their employees and seek ways to help when with their musical dreams, for which for Francesa will be forever grateful.