It all started with a guitar and a girl...
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 stop playing rock songs by ear and 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 that led Francis to putting pen to paper 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
The Sidewalk Cafe
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, hunter & wolfe) and recorded his first EP of original songs which was released in July of 2017 titled, 'Tender Things.'
By this point however, Francis had grown bored with being a solo acoustic act and had started experimenting with and writing music for a full band (cough* there goes the neighborhood *cough.)
Upon deciding to work on developing his sound and songwriting within the context of a full-band Francis began to collaborate with some of the top musicians he had met and played alongside in the NYC with the sole purpose of putting on an engaging and memorable live show. 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. The Professionals are: Eric Read (drums), Patrick Cochrane (bass), Wade Ridenhour (keys), Gavi Grodsky (guitar), Brandon Seabrook (aux. vox), Kellon Anderson (tenor saxophone), Jon Lijoi (trumpet), and Gabe Fraivilig (trombone).
Over the course of Jun 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)
The Bowery Electric
The Knitting Factory Brooklyn
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', an in-demand guitarist for other local and out-of-state 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 anticipated release of new music expected for premiere in early 2019, Francis continues to enjoy this crazy ride called life and the gift of music he has the privilege of sharing with others.