R&B Twin Cities Metro Area MN (Arts Council Region 11)
Graydon Francis is a Liberian American singer/songwriter based in the Twin Cities. Graydon started his professional musical journey in 2007 when he joined a Minneapolis-based gospel group called “The Brighter Day Music Ministries.” In 2014 he joined “The Sol-Flower Collective,” Through this collaboration, he was offered the opportunity to perform in prominent venues such as the Dakota, Honey, and The Ice House.
In 2016 Graydon joined the Grammy Award-winning “Sounds of Blackness.” Being a part of this group has allowed Graydon to grow as a singer. As an artist, by performing the different genres of the black experience such the Negro Spirituals to Gospel and Jazz and R&B. Just recently in December 2020, Graydon was a part of “The Night Before Christmas in Concert'', a virtual production by “The Sounds of Blackness” attended by many throughout the Twin Cities.
In 2017 Graydon collaborated with St. Paul-based Liberian American artist Tarli formerly known as El.I.BE. Graydon was featured in a few of his songs on his latest album called “Liberation” and his Music Video “Come On.” City Pages rated this music video as one of the best music videos of the year. Through this collaboration, Graydon has performed in various festivals throughout the country, such as the Melhaven Music Festival, Tequila and Taco Festival, and Jackson Indie Music Week in Jackson, Mississippi.