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FRANK DAVIES
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Francis (Frank) Davies is a Canadian record producer, music publisher, and founder of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame / Panthéon des Auteurs et Compositeurs Canadiens. Davies has been a major contributor to the growth of Canada’s music industry and its creative community for more than four decades. He is credited with discovering, producing, publishing, and developing the careers of many celebrated artists and songwriters, as well as being an advocate for their status.

Davies received the Juno Awards 2014 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing individuals who have made a significant impact on the Canadian music industry.

Davies started his music career in 1964 as a French correspondent to the music industry ‘bible’ Billboard magazine. He later worked for both EMI Records and Liberty Records in London until the late 1960s, before leaving for Canada in 1970. There, he co-founded the independent record label Daffodil (named after the national emblem of Wales and as a symbol of hope and new beginnings), which became the first Canadian label to be distributed by a ‘major’ in that country, in the shape of Capitol/EMI. Davies signed Tom CochraneCrowbar, A Foot In Coldwater, the King Biscuit BoyKlaatu and others to his label throughout the 70’s and published their songs. As a record producer, among other hits he produced for the label, was the first CanCon single ever released - "Oh What A Feeling" (Crowbar), as well as A Foot In Coldwater’s classic rock hit "(Make Me Do) Anything You Want".

In 1978 alongside Daffodil he formed Partisan Music a production and publishing company that entered into an exclusive deal with a U.S record company (Capitol) to develop talent for that label worldwide – a Canadian first. He brought artists including Alfie ZappacostaGraham Shaw, and the Leggat Brothers to Capitol Records.

In early 1982 Davies put his label and production company on hold to become President of ATV Music Canada. At ATV, he developed the songwriting careers of Eddie Schwartz, David Tyson, Aldo Nova, the Pukka Orchestra, Headpins, Chilliwack and Toronto, and became a full-time music publisher.

In 1986, as a result of ATV’s purchase by Michael Jackson, Davies formed The Music Publisher (TMP) and built it into Canada’s largest and most successful independent music publisher over the next 14 years. Frank sold TMP to Alliance Communications Corporation and A&F Music in 1994 staying on as its President/CEO until the end of 1999 at which time he founded the music consultancy firm he currently operates - Let Me Be Frank Inc.

TMP secured over 1,500 cover recordings, of the 5,000 Canadian songs Davies published, by artists as diverse as Joe CockerBonnie RaittAlice CooperThe Doobie BrothersTom Cochrane, Heart, CherDon Henley & Sheryl Crowkd langTanya TuckerAlannah MylesLoverboyTerri ClarkEmmylou HarrisWynonnaGeorge JonesBette MidlerThe CarpentersBlue Öyster CultAmanda MarshallThe Strawbs and The Guess Who.

During the TMP years Davies signed and published the songs of songwriters and artists including Jane SiberryMurray McLauchlanHoneymoon SuiteRon HynesEddie SchwartzHagood HardyDean McTaggartSherry Kean, Exchange, Ian Thomas/Boomers, Gil Grand, and John Capek; as well as American songwriters Byron HillRick Braun, and Odie Blackmon. TMP opened a Nashville office in the mid-90s.

Since founding Let Me Be Frank Inc, Davies has been the executive producer for albums by Serena Ryder, who he brought to EMI MusicThe Rankin Family, The Treasures, and the solo debut album for Heather Rankin, the youngest member of the famed Cape Breton family. LMBF also publishes the works of longtime client and record producer David Tyson, acted as a consultant to corporate client Ole Media Management, and has consulted to Microsoft/Xbox, as well as the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada, and to a variety of songwriters, artists and music publishers with respect to the sale and acquisition of their copyright catalogues. 

Davies has served as a director on industry boards including CARAS (Vice President/Trustee), CMRRA (Chair), FACTOR, PROCAN, Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), OMDC, SOCAN and the Socan Foundation (Chair).

In 1998 he founded the non-profit Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame/Le panthéon des auteurs et compositeurs Canadiens (CSHF/PACC) serving as its Chairman until 2004. The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame has inducted Canadian songwriters such as Gordon LightfootLeonard Cohen, Neil Young, RUSHRobbie RobertsonJoni Mitchell and Oscar Peterson, along with their Quebec and Francophone counterparts (see cshf.ca).

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