Lyrics from DarknessLos Angeles based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robert Francis has been active in the music scene since 2007, when he released his debut album One By One on Aeronaut Records, however his infatuation with music goes back much further than that. Family friend Ry Cooder gave him his first guitar at age nine and seven years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante accepted Francis as his only guitar pupil. His musical talent is also influenced by his father, who was a classical record producer and pianist, his mother and aunts who sang Mexican Ranchero songs, his brother who is a Hare Krishna, and his two sisters who played in LA rock bands. His second album, Before Nightfall, was released on Atlantic in 2009. His latest release, Strangers in the First Place, is his first album with Vanguard Records and debuted in May 2012.