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 based 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 traveled 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, Granger Smith, and Alison Krauss, among others. He has appeared in a national advertisement campaign for Luis and Clark Carbon Fiber Instruments and was featured in Harmonix's Rock Band Rivals, an expansion of Rock Band 4, where he provided in-game interview segments.
Francis is also active as an educator. He currently serves as the electric and double bass instructor at Maestro Musicians Academy in Lexington, MA, and as a bass and ensemble instructor at Plugged In Band Program, a non-profit music school located in Needham, MA. He has also written and filmed a series of bass instructional videos for an exhibit at the National Music Centre in Calgary, AB.
Outside of his music 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.