One of the key elements of the Shot Oí Soul† sound, lead vocalist/frontman Jim Franciscusí bluesy vocals take the blues to another place during the bandís performances. Cisco is an entertaining, energetic performer who loves to make Shot O Soul audiences feel they are onstage with the band. His vocal prowess not only gets the attention of audience members, his insistence that they join the party with him keeps them entertained and encourages them to be a part of every Shot O Soul show!
He loves everything about being onstage and it shows in his performances. A veteran of the Pittsburgh music scene for more than a decade, Jim fronted popular blues/rock band Sonic Blues before forming Shot O Soul along with current band mates Denny Bank and Lee Baumann in 2008.
Jim cut his teeth while performing with Sonic Blues on some of the areaís best stages. He credits his Shot O Soul band mates with helping him discover traditional and contemporary blues artists like Tommy Castro, BB King, Buddy Guy and others who have influenced his vocal style. Shot O Soulís mix of classic and original blues and R&B songs is ideally suited to Ciscoís vocal abilities. †He and band mate Jeanie Girl compliment one another and make for an unbeatable one-two vocal punch. These two make Shot O Soul a must-see act for local music fans!!
Jim has a deep love for blues music. His goal is to make Shot O Soul one of the best live acts in the Pittsburgh area, a household name in the local music scene, and an act that audiences continue to demand and enjoy! Judging by the packed venues and enthusiastic fan response that have become typical of a Shot O Soul show anywhere in the Pittsburgh area, the achievement of that goal seems inevitable.