His debut full-length album One By One was released in August 2007 by Aeronaut Records, gaining him notice for its "emotional darkness and musicality". His sound is distinguished by his "bright, gravelly baritone", often conveying the emotion of a more "hardened performer". "Songs like Dakota and One By One were recorded there." The album received three and a half stars on the All Music Guide.
In 2008 Francis" supported australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins on a national tour.
On March 5, 2009, Carson Daily aired a half-hour feature on the singer/songwriter where he performed One By One, Do What I Can and Junebug. Francis" song, "All of My Trains," from his album One By One appeared in the 2009 film, The Vicious Kind.
Two of his songs, "Dakota" and "All of My Trains", were used in the 2012 film Deadfall. In 2009, Francis" signed with Atlantic Records and recorded his sophomore album Before Nightfall.
The record was produced by "hardcore super-producer" Dave Sardy and released in the fall of that year.
The song Junebug was released as a Free Single on iTunes during the week of the album"s release. In 2010, Junebug reached #1 on French Radio and was featured on the NRJ Summer Hits Only Compilation. Junebug also reached a peak position of #22 in Switzerland and #26 in Germany.
In 2010 Francis" performed his song Junebug and a cover of The Rolling Stones, Wild Horses on the French television show Taratata.
He returned to the show again later that year to perform a duet with The John Butler Trio where they covered The Beatles" Across The Universe. He also performed his song Nightfall with Manu Katche on the French television show One Shot Not that same year.
On August 10, 2010 Francis performed Junebug on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2010 Francis" was invited to perform at the 25th Annual Farm Aid in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the winter of 2010 Francis" performed a sold out tour of Europe.
lieutenant was announced that Francis would release his third album, and first with Vanguard Records, Strangers in the First Place, on May 22, 2012.
The album was recorded in Malibu, California at the "Eagle"s Watch" House designed by famed architect Harry Gesner. He performed Perfectly Yours on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 19, 2012. Francis was invited to Bob Weir"s TRI Studios to play songs off Strangers In The First Place with Yahoo Music describing the performance as "endless nostalgia and nuance in each note."
Francis" fourth studio album, "Heaven", was released on Aeronaut Records on June 3, 2014.
The song, "Baby Was the Devil" was used in the fifth episode of season 5 of the series Shameless
Robert Francis" Fifth Studio Album, "Fire Engine Red" is set to be released on May 13, 2016
Fire Engine Red (2016).