As a keyboardist/vocalist/one-man band, FRANCIS DE MELLO has performed mostly in the Toronto area, delighting audiences for over 3 decades. His amazing versatility, and a huge and diverse repertoire of over 500 songs consisting of all styles of music include Cool & Smooth Jazz, Swinging & Big Band Jazz, Ballroom & Dixieland, Contemporary Pop & Romantic Ballads, Golden Oldies, 50s, 60s, 70s Rock hits, Country, Disco, R&B, Motown, Latin, Caribbean & Island Sounds, International selections and more.
Such a variety of music performed with authenticity and artistry allows Francis to cater for all kinds of events including private parties, cocktail brunches, corporate functions, weddings, receptions, dinner-dances, and your special occasion.
At a wedding at the Old Mill, Canadian songwriter/author/recording artist Dan Hill said "Francis De Mello, you're a great talent! I'm envious!"
At a reception that Francis performed for the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the musicians thought they were listening to a 'live' Jazz quintet. The shock on their faces when they entered the hall and saw Francis playing alone was priceless!
Besides these events, Francis delivers great musical joy and lasting happiness to seniors in over 40 retirement residences. For them, he performs toe-tapping, listening and sing-along, as well as dance music at the most perfect volume that seniors appreciate. His repertoire goes back to the music of Al Jolson and the Great Standards and Pop Music of the 40s, 50s and 60s with songs done by legends such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Harry Belafonte, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, the Platters, the Beatles to name only a few. With such memorable music coupled with fun stories and jokes, seniors can't wait to have Francis return to entertain them!
If you are celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary, Francis is the ideal entertainer to hire. You will enjoy him tremendously!
All this said, Francis does amazing vocal renditions of the great Louis Armstrong! His most popular request is "What a wonderful world" which he has done as a first dance song at weddings, at grand openings, at funerals, and at every celebration he performs at.
Francis is such a fun guy with a great character, who is very reliable and very easy to get along with. Associated with the American Federation Of Musicians, he portrays an impeccable level of professionalism in his performances and services. Whatever your event may be, Francis will take great pleasure in working with you to provide you a perfect mix of music, custom selected by you. His whole goal is to create the perfect ambience and to give you and your guests a great time, making your special occasion a truly memorable celebration . . . . . . so go ahead, and give him a call!
“When it came to selecting the musical entertainment for our wedding, the choice was easy. Clayton and I knew what a fantastic job you would do and that our guests would thoroughly enjoy your repertoire. We were right! Everyone had a wonderful time dancing to your jive, rock, Latin and Louis Armstrong music, and of course your masala and line dancing hits. For me, the most memorable part of the evening was when you sang your customized version of our first dance song, Always and Forever. As your daughter, I felt as though you were singing your blessings to Clayton and me as we shared our first dance together as husband and wife. Dad, we are truly honoured that you played for our wedding... you are the best and we love you more than words can say.”
“Francis: Thank you so much for playing at our wedding reception on September 10th 2017. Your music and personality was a fabulous addition to the ambiance of the ceremony and reception. We had many comments from our guests as to how they enjoyed listening to your excellent song renditions and your fabulous voice! I will be sure to recommend you to anyone looking for a great musician!”
“On behalf of the Kenya Wildlife Fund, I would like to thank you most sincerely for your participation at the 'Golf for Elephants' tournament. Everyone was delighted with your vast repertoire including the sounds and rhythms of Africa. The songs you sang in Swahili were a special treat that brought back lovely memories. Thank you Francis.”
“Francis: Of all the entertainers that come here, you are by far the very best!!! You have the most wonderful voice and your repertoire is simply amazing! Thanks for coming here and bringing us such joy. Our very best wishes to you. Sincerely, Evy Mandel.”
“As a musician, I know the amount of hard work you put into making each song special. I salute you on your excellent arranging and musicianship. I enjoyed everything in your vast repertoire, but hearing Armenian and Iranian melodies done so well was unbelievable! Bravo Francis!”