François obtained a B Mus degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1995, majoring in voice and composition. During his student years he sang leading roles in many productions and after graduating sang as a soloist for PACT Opera from 1996 to 1998. In 1998 he left for Germany to take a position as soloist at the Lüneburg State Theatre. He returned to South Africa in 2000, where he appeared in numerous productions, and was also a finalist in the Opera Queensland YAP Singing Competition.
Since 2004 he has changed his focus from opera to light music, focusing especially on Jazz. He had the opportunity to sing at Cleopatra’s Needle (Jazz club) when he visited New York in 2007. He is currently a freelance singer, as well as teaching voice at the University of the Witwatersrand and various other institutions. Francois recorded a CD in 2007 which includes some Jazz standards as well as his own compositions