Francesca Cayla Castro is a singer-guitarist from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship with a double major in Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. While being nominated by the Guitar Faculty as a Guitar Department Achievement awardee, she has also been selected to be in Berklee’s most prestigious ensembles including the Terence Blanchard XTET and the Tower of Power ensemble. She has also worked with Jazz legends including Terri Lyne Carrington, Nicholas Payton, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Over the last few years, she has gained over 400K listeners on Spotify with original music from her debut EP Day by Day. The fan favorite, Cup of Tea has over 500K streams from listeners all over the world. Her latest single Would You Be So Kind is now available on all platforms.

She has performed her own shows in the Chicago area including the Chicago Jazz Showcase Buddy Guy’s Legends, and Uncommon Ground. On top of performing, she writes and produces her own music.

UPcoming events

  • 9.24.2021 @ The Union League , Chicago IL


“This girl here is THE TRUTH. She’s on the right path. We’ll hear some amazing things from her.”

Nicholas Payton