Francis picked up the guitar during high school in an attempt to combat his terrible pubescent awkward years and not seem like too much of a dork in front of the girls he was so desperately trying to impress… After taking and then (quickly) quitting guitar lessons because his teachers asked too much of him (a.k.a. that he learn how to read sheet music like a “real” musician) he continued to teach himself the instrument. This all coincided with multiple heartbreaks and an affinity for poetry he developed during his college years that led Francis to putting pen to paper to music and beginning his journey as a songwriter.
Upon his graduation from university and return to New York City, Francis began performing his music as a solo act in notable NYC venues such as: Pete's Candy Store, Postcrypt Coffeehouse, Caffe Vivaldi, The Sidewalk Cafe and The Bitter End.
As Francis began to develop his skills as a performer and writer, he met NYC-based producer, Douglas Schadt (credits: Maggie Rogers, WET, Claud) and recorded his first EP of original songs which was released in July of 2017 titled, Tender Things.
By this point however, Francis wanted to explore writing music beyond his solo acoustic act and had started experimenting with and developing his sound and songwriting within the context of a full band.
Thus, The Professionals (it’s a joke because none of us are professional in the slightest), were born, a band comprised of musicians personally handpicked by Francis - most of which he had shared stages with in years prior. The Professionals are: Eric Read (drums), Jim Bloom (drums), Joshua Roberts (drums), Patrick Cochrane (bass), Trevor Brown (bass), Tariq Al-Sabir (keys), Wade Ridenhour (keys), Gavi Grodsky (guitar), Brandon Seabrook (aux. vox), Kellon Anderson (tenor saxophone), Jon Lijoi (trumpet), and Gabe Fraivilig (trombone).
From 2017 to the current day Francis Aud & The Professionals have ascended in the ranks as one of the top bands in the NYC music scene. Consistently packing large venues with their fun and memorable high energy shows, Francis Aud & The Professionals have performed at notable venues such as: Rockwood Music Hall (Stages 1, 2, & 3), DROM, The Bowery Electric, The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, Club Groove, Arlene’s Grocery, Union Pool, Mercury Lounge, and Bowery Ballroom.
Nowadays, Francis Aud is a busy guy to say the least.
He still performs as a solo artist, alongside smaller configurations of his band (as a Trio and Quartet) as well as the full 8-piece band configuration of The Professionals, as an in-demand guitarist for other NYC-based musicians (i.e. Morgan Reilly, Danny Fishman, Ezrah), and under the moniker 'stella.' for his acoustic side project.
Francis continues to be booked throughout NYC as well as all along the East Coast. With the release of new music on the horizon, Francis continues to enjoy this crazy ride called life and the gift of music he has the privilege of sharing with others.