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British sensation Franco and the Dreadnought comes stateside with his powerhouse voice and agile fingers. This young lad has the goods and the capability of packing arenas full of people waving their lighters in the air and singing along with every fiber of their being. He and his trusty sidekick, the Dreadnought, are bound to move the masses into musical bliss.
It is awe inspiring to hear an acoustic song such as “BulletProof” convey the sweet, melt your heart sentiment of Damien Rice while creating the same emotive impact as the arena rock of Oasis. His singing and playing exude confidence and while making no attempt at covering up his English inflections, his delivery is all the more real and raw.
Franco is no stranger to success and as a testament to the power of his musical ability, he was asked personally by Desmond Tutu to write a song celebrating the life of Nelson Mandella. The archbishop gave it as a gift to Mr Mandella for his 90th birthday.
This came after many years as the front man for International One, who signed a record deal with a subsidiary of UNIVERSAL RECORDS. Shortly after, England was hit with the recession, leaving the band in a black hole, sparking Franco to partner up with his acoustic guitar and embark on a solo career.
“Last Man Standing” is his 15 song debut chalk full of incredible ballads, sweeping hooks, and swelling vocals. The lyrics are imbued with a delicate yearning infused with a confidence far exceeding this young man’s years. This mixture is intoxicating and leaves you thirsty for more.
Thus, in all honesty we can say that all good things are meant to be as Franco would not be writing such personal and intimate songs if he was still in his band.
Having just signed 2 licensing deals with Silvercurve Management in New York and Blue Pie Media in Australia, Franco is now busy recording 4 singles with the prestigious Animal Farm in London. These 4 singles showcase Franco’s immense talent and are slated to be released over the next 12 months.
There is no doubt that Franco and the Dreadnought are here to stay.