Robert Francis (musician)
Robert Francis in 2009
|Birth name||Robert Anthony Commagere|
|Born||September 25, 1987|
|Origin||Los Angeles, CA, US|
|Genres||Folk, Indie, Americana|
|Labels||Atlantic Records, Aeronaut Records, Vanguard Records|
|Associated acts||Zane Musa|
|Website||Robert Francis Official Website|
Robert Francis (born September 25, 1987 in Los Angeles, California) is a multi-instrumentalist, Americana singer-songwriter. His debut full-length album One By One was released in August 2007 by Aeronaut Records, gaining him notice for its "emotional darkness and musicality". His sound is distinguished by his "bright, gravelly baritone", often conveying the emotion of a more "hardened performer".
One By One (2007)
At nineteen years old, Francis "separated himself from his friends and society to write his debut record, One By One."  The album took over a year to make with Francis' [learning] "how to engineer over that period of time." Half of the album was recorded in his childhood home while the rest was recorded at his friends parent's house while they were out of town. "Songs like Dakota and One By One were recorded there."  The album received three and a half stars on the All Music Guide.
In 2008 Francis' supported Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins on a national tour.
Robert Francis' One By One was nominated for the prestigious Shortlist Music Prize in 2007.
Before Nightfall (2009)
In 2009, Francis' signed with Atlantic Records and recorded his sophomore album Before Nightfall. The record was produced by "hardcore super-producer" Dave Sardy and released in the fall of that year. The song Junebug was released as a Free Single on iTunes during the week of the album's release.
In 2010, Junebug reached #1 on French Radio and was featured on the NRJ Summer Hits Only Compilation. Junebug also reached a peak position of #22 in Switzerland and #26 in Germany.
In 2010 Francis' performed his song Junebug and a cover of The Rolling Stones, Wild Horses on the French television show Taratata. He returned to the show again later that year to perform a duet with The John Butler Trio where they covered The Beatles' Across The Universe. He also performed his song Nightfall with Manu Katche on the French television show One Shot Not that same year.
On August 10, 2010 Francis performed Junebug on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2010 Francis' was invited to perform at the 25th Annual Farm Aid in Milwaukee, WI. In the winter of 2010 Francis' performed a sold out tour of Europe.
Strangers In The First Place (2012)
It was announced that Francis would release his third album, and first with Vanguard Records, Strangers in the First Place, on May 22, 2012. The album was recorded in Malibu, California at the "Eagle's Watch" House designed by famed architect Harry Gesner.
The song, "Baby Was the Devil" was used in the fifth episode of season 5 of the series Shameless
Fire Engine Red & Empire Blues (2016)
Robert Francis' Fifth Studio Album, "Fire Engine Red" was released on May 13, 2016.
On November 28, 2016, Francis announced that he is returning to work on his next record, Empire Blues, which he had begun work on before Fire Engine Red.
- One By One (2007)
- Before Nightfall (2009)
- Strangers in the First Place (2012)
- Heaven (2014)
- Valentine (2015)
- Fire Engine Red (2016)
- Bordal, Christian (October 2, 2007). "Robert Francis: A Young Man with an Old Soul". NPR.
- lCMJ Music Review
- Entertainment Weekly
- (2) http://www.mtv.com/artists/dave-sardy/biography/
- "Strangers in the First Place: Another Conversation With Robert Francis". Huffington Post. May 30, 2012.
- "Robert Francis and The Night Tide to Release 'Heaven' on June 3". Guitar World. Retrieved March 30, 2014.