The album has been out for a year and some but who's counting? With the millions of songs entered into the copyright database each year and the barrage or artists sent to my inbox and work place, diamonds will continue to slip through the cracks. Luckily, through great blogs, commercials, music supervisors and hard work by the artist, the cream eventually rises to the top.
Robert Francis came to my ears through a great advertising blog, Everything's Better With Brentter. The blog showcased an adorable (yes, I used that word)Zales Jewelers commercial featuring Francis' song and a uniquely cute proposal strategy. Damn it! He totally stole my idea! I was so close to beating him if only I wasn't Mr. Bachelor! exclamation point. According to Brentter.com, Francis wrote the song "Don't Forget Love" specifically for this commercial.
Who comes to mind when hearing a few of the diverse tunes that Robert Francis delivers? Alexi Murdoch, Gregory Alan Isakov, Iron & Wine, M. Ward and maybe some of Josh Ritter or Conor Oberst when it comes to slide guitar or light twang-rock.
The debut record from Robert Francis, One By One, has been out for some time now and I'm starting to let his imeem and MySpace pages run on repeat as the songs continue to show his diversity of tempo and moods. The album is available from Aeronaut Records, though the song featured in the commercial should be a quick $.99 from iTunes. If you want a to download "Little Girl" from Francis, it's free here.