Alternative R&B up-and-comer Michael Francis will release his free debut full-length The Illusion on October 22 through MichaelFrancisMusic.com.
Raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, Francis was singing and dancing before he started kindergarten. Inspired by crooners such as Michael Jackson and Usher and intrigued by rappers such as Tupac and Jay-Z, he began writing lyrics and crafting melodies by the time he was ten. Performing ever since, Michael Francis, still only 22, is now ready to debut his first musical release to the world.
Francis has been prepping his upcoming, genre-bending album with an impressive team of producers and collaborators known as The Co., and has garnered acclaim for the stunning visuals for cuts “Nona’s Reservoir” and “Egyptian Eyes”. His vocal prowess on single “Dive” has drawn comparisons to Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, but Earmilk clarifies, “Francis clearly is an artist in his own right whose music is far from being derivative.”
Michael Francis is determined to introduce a new sound to the current musical landscape, and is only gaining momentum with every haunting track he drops. Don’t miss The Illusion when it hits stores October 22
“Versatile crooner Michael Francis offers up a somewhat rare visual delivery for his new track “Egyptian Eyes.”
“While his music and vocal abilities have led many to draw comparisons to his R&B contemporaries Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, Francis clearly is an artist in his own right whose music is far from being derivative.”
“When you’re dealing with a song so classic I asked Ginuwine play it at my wedding –no, really – I’m going to be wary, but I have to admit – Michael Francis has really pulled it off.”
-DjBooth on Pony 2012
“The singer-MC brings a more up-to-date version and delivers it with quite perfection. The song does not mislead and opens up the airwaves into the ears.”
-KillerHipHop on Pony 2012
“There are always some gems out there that far exceed any expectations that the listener may have. To get right to the point, Michael Francis murdered this remake of Ginuwine’s “Pony” in my opinion.”
-Movements & Nonsense on Pony 2012