Francis Hickey is an electric and acoustic bassist currently located in Boston, MA. He began his musical journey at age six with the trumpet, added the electric bass at age eleven, and began studying the upright bass at fourteen under Grammy award winning latin jazz bassist Charles Flores. He attended the Berklee College of Music in 2007 as a World Tour Scholarship recipient and studied under Whit Browne, Bruce Gertz, and Dave Clarke among others.
Since graduating from Berklee in 2011, Francis has worked as a freelance bassist and audio engineer. In addition to being a busy session bassist in the New York and New England areas, Francis is currently the touring bassist for Nashville recording artist Jimmy Connor. Francis is also formerly the bassist of the Boston based roots rock band The Adam Ezra Group, which won "Song of the Year" in 2016, "Band of the Year" in 2013 and "Recording of the Year" in 2012 at the New England Music Awards. As a touring musician, Francis has travelled across the country and has shared the stage with or opened for artists such as The Wailers, Robbie Krieger, Rusted Root, Willie Nelson, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Alison Krauss, among others. Francis has also written and filmed instructional bass videos for the National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta and was most recently featured in Harmonix's Rock Band Rivals, an expansion of Rock Band 4, where he provided in-game interview segments.
Outside of his performance career, Francis has also worked as a freelance audio engineer specializing in the field of voice over production. He has worked for animation studios such as Soup 2 Nuts and Fablevision, created children's audio books for Scholastic, and recorded and produced audio assets for animators and game designers.