Born in Connecticut, USA, Joe Francis learned his craft with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and studied voice under such renowned coaches as Vera Mazel and Maria Farnworth. ... Joe's professional singing career began when, among other engagements, he opened for the famed US comedian Henny Youngman. His rich and flexible baritone voice led him to tour extensively, performing throughout the US, Europe and Japan, sometimes playing in front of audiences of up to 40,000. In the late 1980’s Joe decided to leave the Glenn Miller Orchestra and concentrate on developing a solo career, immediately earning praise from such celebrities as Jack Jones, Larry Hagman (JR), and Miss Rosemary Clooney. ...
“Joe is one of the guys” Frank Sinatra
... Later in the decade Joe was championed in the UK by the Sinatra Music Society. Award-winning producer Ken Barnes (who worked with some of the best, including Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby and Jack Jones) was brought in to work with Joe. A recording contract with BMG was signed and a turntable hit “Every Step of the Way” with the Pete Moore Orchestra ensued. The album was extremely well received and played extensively across BBC Radio 2 and independent stations, with such established presenters such as Alan Dell, David Jacobs, Bill Rennells, and Desmond Carrington providing stellar support. An early video promoting one of the songs from the album “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now?” saw Joe Francis show his considerable acting abilities, something that did not go un-noticed in theatrical circles.
A number of UK television appearances saw Joe being interviewed by the likes of Alan Titchmarsh, Benny Green and others with live performances with the BBC Pops orchestra, as we as prestigious gigs at the home of Jazz such as Ronnie Scott’s and The Concorde Club.
... Drawing on the Great American Songbook, Francis has a distinctive intonation and impeccable delivery. Following the success of "Every Step of the Way" Francis enjoyed great success both sides of the Atlantic appearing regularly on BBC Television with the BBC Big Band (conducted by Jack Parnell). ... With a young family to support Francis kept his regular work to the local vicinity of New York/New Jersey such as gigs with the highly respected Tony Corbiscello orchestra, doing regular stints including New York's prestigious Rainbow Room. ...
Joe Francis is that rare breed - a singer with a voice that swings, reaches out and touches you and is good to the ear.” Mel Tormé ....
Joe was spotted and signed to the Damone Management GRP working with its co-founder Perry Damone, son of legendary singer Vic Damone.
Joe was immediately booked for a lengthy tour of the UK, commencing with 6 straight nights at the Pizza On The Park, the famous venue on London’s Hyde Park Following a very successful UK tour in early 2005 and a successful new CD release "Easy to Remember" on
the DMG label , Francis was invited to audition for a leading role of Billy Flynn in the UK’s West End version of the stage musical Chicago. Despite being invited back for a second time Joe was unable to secure the role, but remained on the radar for several West End producers.
2007 brought another album release on the DEG label “Moments Like This “ was very well received both sides of the Atlantic and across the Orient. Francis reprised some of the songs from his debut album, commenting at the time that he “ had more scars on his heart” and felt that he could interpret the lyrics much better now that he was able to draw on emotional memories.
Prestigious live performances like Feinstein’s at The Regency in Fifth Avenue NY followed –Then in 2008 another UK tour followed with gigs in London, Birmingham and outer suburbs, prompting respected big band and swing p[resent Sheila Tracy to comment that Joe Francis had the “phrasing ability of Frank Sinatra and the timbre of a young Bing Crosby”.
A new album entitled “Where Do I Go From Here?” with all new arrangements was released in summer 2012. The album included a charity single release “Waiting On The World to Change” the official song for the Special Olympics, the charity for athletes with intellectual learning disabilities This eclectic mix has songs especially written for Joe Francis by award winning songwriters Don Black OBE and Les Reed OBE, an across genre album with many of the Great American Songbook standards as well as a few from the Great British songbook too.
A new album with original Nelson Riddle arrangements is in the mix and is due for release by end of 2012. Songs may include such classics as Too Young, Ballerina, Lonesome Road, Soliloquy (from “Carousel”), In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, and many other favourites.
A twelve venue UK tour and a tour of Australia beckon for Joe Francis in early 2013, where he will be accompanied by the famed Nelson Riddle Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Riddle.
Joe Francis who now resides in New Jersey US is a devoted family with two daughters and two sons, with another child due in September 2012.