Gordon Franks Resume

      Gordon Franks is affectionately referred to as a "Guitar Maestro & Entertainer Extraordinaire" a title he got from a performance for Dr. Nelson Mandela. Internationally trained in the USA, he has made an indelible statement of impression by distinguishing himself as a successful artist independently under his own label “The Designer's Original”. The legendary multi award winning music maestro has blazed a trail to the top of his ranks as an extensively sought after enterprising star. The maestro's talents have convinced listeners of his original and in-imitable style as a Celebrity Compere, MC, Programme Director, Radio & TV Personality, Vocalist, Recording Artist, Composer, Producer, Wedding Planner, Events Co-ordinator and Motivational Speaker. As an acclaimed magazine columnist titled “Changing Minds” with Gordon Franks, his motivational column has an extensive fan base. Highly respected for his trendy and sophisticated touch as a Celebrity Compere, MC, Guitar Maestro & Entertainer Extraordinaire, Gordon Franks is the preferred choice to experience the ultimate essence of elegance, finesse, panache and par excellence.

An introduction exposing him to discover the influence of George Benson's “Weekend In LA” album was the turning point in this life. His mum ignited the inspiration to that significant moment when he received an autographed George Benson Ibanez GB 10 guitar that became his prized possession. Reflecting on his attachment to the guitar from which he draws his musical energies, he esteems George Benson for the impact he made on his life. The guitar is an extended part of his body as he sees the instrument as a powerful apparatus that magnetizes people to him, in the same way he connects with his mentor. Evidently, his playing clearly visualizes the lessons from Benson's mentorship that shaped Gordon Franks musical destiny to become a legend that now mentors aspiring guitarists. The collaboration between Gordon Franks and the supreme talent he creates on his treasured GB 10 guitar has deeply carved his name in the music industry.

Gordon Franks was extensively profiled in leading South African newspapers Sunday Times, Sunday Tribune, Daily News, Sowetan, Post etc. Interviews on Radio Metro, P4 Radio, Gagasi 99.5fm, East Coast Radio and Lotus FM's Hot Seat where high profile celebrities are interviewed extended his exposure. Adding to his impressive resume, Eastern Mosaic, SABC 1 and an exclusive celebrity performance on MNet, proclaimed him as an artist of international treasure. Gordon Franks shared the stage with a colorful list of icons including Jonathan Butler, Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Sipho Gumede, Jae, Loyiso, Mandoza, Danny K and an endless string of musicians. The impact of his impressive professionalism led to his appointment as a Celebrity Compere & Entertainer Extraordinaire for Dr. Nelson Mandela following by sequel performances for President Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, Trevor Manuel, Premiers, MEC's, ETV Dr. Felicia Mabuza Suttle, International Dignitaries & CEO's of the Top 100 Corporate Companies in South Africa. Gordon Frank's commendable professionalism has linked him on the database of prestigious venues The ICC, The Hilton, Royal Hotel, Sun International Hotels, etc.

Proving his skills as a Composer, Arranger, Recording Artist and Producer, he released his debut CD, “Frankly Speaking”. Showcasing a fresh mix of irresistible easy listening tracks incorporating the elements of Smooth Jazz, Latin and melodic guitar solos defining Frank's style as a smooth jazz guitarist. The enticing melodies, flowing chord changes and infectious arrangements, expose his virtuoso guitar skills with mesmerizing licks. The concept of Frankly Speaking was to capture the intense energy of a live performance but in a studio setting where he is relevant, innovative and unpredictable. The album has received positive airplay on Radio Metro, P4 Radio, Lotus FM and East Coast Radio. Raving media reviews increased the albums popularity retailing at Musica, CD Wherehouse, Look & Listen, Rhythmic Beat, Reliable Music etc. From his impressive track record, it is distinctively clear that Gordon Franks is a Celebrity draw card as a top headliner for any event. A recent publication profiled his success as a long hard climb to the top in becoming a renowned celebrity of noteworthy recognition. It is a certainty that the unpredictable and inimitable musical substance from this Guitar Maestro & Entertainer Extraordinaire will never cease to escalate his branding to new heights of Par Excellence every time he appears on stage.

Updated:  October 5, 2009

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