Francis’ unique arrangements of American Hymns have led to two best selling
CDs; Pieces of My Childhood – American Hymns Revisited & Be Still,
My Soul – American Hymns Revisited Volume Two. The latter cd was recorded
in the famous Studio A at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California – the
recording home of such voices as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
performs frequently in recital including performances at colleges, churches
and performing arts venues throughout the world performing classical works
along with selections from his American Hymn and Gershwin CDs. He has played
for Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden when he performed for a Nobel Prize
Luncheon. He gave a totally digital rendering of Rachmaninoff’s Piano
Concerto No. 2 for Roland Instruments on their digital concert grand. He
performed the same work with orchestra for the distinguished Lindenwood
Concert Series in Memphis, Tennessee.
Francis’ performance of original compositions as well as classical pieces can
be heard in major motion pictures starring such luminaries as Sir Anthony
Hopkins, Chris Rock, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn. Mr. Francis
has composed music for television including the animated children’s series Extreme
Dinosaurs. He is also the composer for the documentary The Age of
Elegance and the Mock-A-Mentary Dogs.
Francis was the recording pianist and celeste player for the Will Smith/Sony
film Pursuit of Happyness. He was the recording pianist for the
classical piano works for the film Elegy starring Penelope Cruz and Sir
Ben Kingsley and was also the recording pianist and musical consultant for
the re-make of the film Fame.
is the composer, musical director and executive producer for the smash hit
musical BARK! which ran for two years in Los Angeles becoming the 3rd
longest running production in Los Angeles intimate theatrical history. BARK!
was unleashed in approximately 16 cities with spectacular success and
continues to enjoy new productions.
Francis was nominated for Best Score by the distinguished Los Angeles Drama
Critics’ Circle Awards and has been awarded three consecutive ASCAP Plus
Awards for musical excellence.