“It’s a soul-heavy pop sound somewhere between Ray LaMontagne and Allen Stone. The lead vocal is emotional and endearing, with equal parts gravel and a shattered vibrato.”CHILL FLTR
“Hertfordshire has produced some excellent musicians and singer-songwriters and Alex Francis is no exception.”Laurel Canyon Music
“Francis is from a small town in Hertfordshire, England and I’m from the suburbs outside of Miami, Florida. A songwriter has to write so purposefully to make two vastly different people come together through music. “Free” does so effortlessly.”Two Story Melody
“All I’ve Got” really is up there with some of the best work that any modern singer/songwriters I’ve heard have to offer.”Belwood Music
ALEX FRANCIS RETURNS ON “IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU”, HIS FIRST ORIGINAL RELEASE IN NEARLY TWO YEARS AND THE FIRST OF A NEW COLLECTION OF SONGS PENNED DURING A HIGHLY CREATIVE LOCKDOWN.
“IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU” SEES ALEX’S TRADEMARK VOCALS EFFORTLESSLY MELD WITH A ROUSING ARRANGEMENT SOAKED IN GROOVE HEAVY EUPHORIA, EVOKING THE ROOTSY SOUL/ROCK SPIRIT OF MUSCLE SHOALS AND HEY-DAY STEPHEN STILLS, BUT WITH A 21ST CENTURY TWIST.
ALEX SAYS ABOUT THE CREATION OF “IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU”:
“This song will always feel unique to me as it was one of three that were written remotely which I had never experienced before. I’d been growing my relationship with Patrick (Mascall, “Wait” JP Cooper) and Mark (Taylor “Broken Strings” James Morrison) breaking the ice and plumbing into emotional themes in the studio until we were forced out through lockdown in the UK, so we had to get immersed in our creative process with a handful of technical limitations challenging us to keep the work flow up. We weren’t able to create these songs quite as ‘laboriously’ as we might have done in the studio, but that put more fire into inspiring us to try to write great music and ‘inherit’ the circumstances we were in. I’m incredibly proud of our output from that time and bringing these songs to life now is incredibly exciting for me.”
ALEX FRANCIS HAS TOURED ALONGSIDE THE LIKES OF STEREOPHONICS, JAMES BAY, ALANIS MORRISETTE AND STING ALONG WITH AN OFFICIAL DUET WITH MELANIE C. STEADILY ESTABLISHING HIMSELF AS AN EMERGING ARTIST IN THE UK, EUROPE AND BEYOND, ALEX’S MUSIC BREAKS THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN CONTEMPORARY POP AND CLASSIC SOUL AND HAS BEEN CHAMPIONED BY BBC RADIO 2 AND BBC INTRODUCING AS WELL AS ON NATIONAL EUROPEAN FM RADIO. TO DATE HE HAS AMASSED OVER 20 MILLION STREAMS ON SPOTIFY AND HIS LIVE EXPERIENCE ALSO INCLUDES SHOWCASES AT SXSW FESTIVAL IN AUSTIN, TX, LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY AND MADCOOL FESTIVAL IN MADRID.
RAISED IN THE COSY BUT VIBRANT NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE TOWN OF HITCHIN, ALEX SPENT MANY OF HIS FORMATIVE YEARS DIGESTING A RICH COCKTAIL OF DYNAMIC, SOULFUL MUSIC OUT OF HIS FAMILY HOME SPANNING EVERYTHING FROM MARTHA REEVES TO NEIL YOUNG, MICHAEL JACKSON TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, CARVING OUT AN IDENTITY AS AN ASPIRING MUSICIAN BEFORE MIGRATING TO BRIGHTON TO ENGAGE MUSIC STUDIES AT UNIVERSITY, BEGINNING HIS PATH AS AN ARTIST.
ALEX FRANCIS – SOCIALS