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About François

François Clemmons was born on April 23, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama.  He was raised in Youngstown, Ohio.  When it was discovered that he had a singing voice of purity and power, he began performing locally at church functions.  His first songs were the spirituals of pre-Civil War America, passed down to him by his mother.  He soon branched out across genres, singing with various community groups.  For a while, he was even the lead singer of a rock ‘n’ roll group called The Jokers.

Dr. Clemmons received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, and a Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.  


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