Calvin Francis was born in Hackney; his career has flourished in the Media Industry, through a comprehensive love and knowledge of soul music. His Radio career has spanned through a decade and he is now a well known ‘household’ name. Calvin is able to demonstrate commitment and flare for anything that hr puts his hand too. His credentials are flawless and he is a renowned professional voice over artist and presenter.
Calvin is an ex serviceman (Army), who is disciplined and dedicated to his work. As an Ex Armed Forces Sergeant of Falklands Islands, Royal Ordinance Corp, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) Northern Ireland (Londonderry) R.A.O.C (9 years)- Logistics Corps and his Active Service – stems over 8 years and 9 months 1977-1986, he knows the importance of commitment, organisation, leadership and discipline and these are fully transferable skills that he has often been able to apply in his places of employment and personal life.
His personal achievements are varied and diverse and he was recognised with two very prestigious Awards namely, The Rhodesia Medal and The Zimbabwe Independence Medal. Calvin is also fluent in German and his main selling point, is his natural baritone that projects reassurance, authority, trust and a warm friendly tone that, has instant recognition as it’s now his own personal hallmark. It is an approach that has built his reputation as a Soul authority, in a competitive and often harsh market. ‘Calvin Francis’ is still a recognised stand alone and reputable brand.
Calvin spent 18 years with London’s Choice FM 96.9/107.1 and presented, The Quite Storm Radio Programme, The show was a specialist laid back show, which featured the best in Neo Soul. Rare Grooves, Classic 80’s, 90’s Soul, Slow Jams. Saturday and Sunday Breakfast shows 6-12midday, featuring current playlists, travel bulletins, news interviews and has the opportunity of speaking with the like of , Teddy Riley, Angie Stone, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Alton Ellis, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Aaliyah, Mary J Blidge, K-Ci JoJo, Faith Evans, O’Jays and Rahsaan Patterson to name but a few… His time with the station has left him fully experienced in all aspects of Commercial Radio, Presentation, Hosting and Commercial Production.
“ON THE ROAD”, Calvin has compared and hosted some of the biggest shows, featuring acts such as: Blackstreet, Snoog Doff, Jon B, Donnel Jones, Horace Brown, Tevin Campbell, and Angie Stone to name a few.
Calvin has a renowned history of playing in a whole host of venues and these have regularly included: Jazz Cafe Camden, Dingwells Camden, Corks Winebar Binney St W1, Club Matter Indigo O2, Cafe De Paris Leicester Square WC1, Storm Niteclub Leicester Square WC2, Club Cucci Wood Green N22, If Bar Ilford Essex, Reading Football Club, and many more.
A well respected professional with a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of urban music from, ‘RnB’, hip hop, garage, soulful house, bashment and of course classics soul and reggae.
Calvin currently presents Decades of Soul 4-7pm Friday’s here on Mi-Soul Playing ‘RnB’, Neo Soul, Rare Grooves, Reggae and Classic 80’s Soul.
Calvin’s easygoing nature and professionalism, have won him a wide number of projects and Media opportunities. His work across radio has been backed up with a long list of achievements. His flexibility is his greatest asset, with the ability to lend his hand to promotional work, voiceover, narration and presenting. He has also donated a lot of his personal time to charitable causes, particularly in the mentoring of young people.
Well known across the Capital, Calvin is respected for his musical knowledge, backed up by his own private collection of over forty thousand records. His distinct voice is mirrored by his life experience that took in a successful army career and ultimately has contributed a great amount to the Commercial and Entertainment Industry.
SHOW: Decades Of Soul | Fridays | 4-7pm