The Lions – Releasing Possibility

Gemma Francis

Project: 'The BIG Sing
Location: Rugby, Warwickshire

About Me

Gemma is the co-founder and Managing Director of The BIG Sing, promoting community singing at its best. The BIG Sing uses uplifting songs to unite communities with music and enjoy its therapeutic qualities. She has grown the business to attract over 1000 members every week in choirs across five different counties in the UK.

Previously a professional singer and Marketing Manager for The London Community Gospel Choir, Gemma has implemented very successful marketing strategies to pioneer premier UK Gospel over the last 20 years.

Gemma came on The Lions course to help launch the charity ‘The BIG Sing SOUL’ to making The BIG Sing accessible to everyone including nurseries, schools, disabled groups, care homes, hospitals and vulnerable groups in the community. The Lions have helped The BIG Sing expand across the UK and have given Gemma mentoring and seed funding to expand her vision. Gemma now works for The Lions as their Marketing Manager as well as continuing to pioneer The BIG Sing.

Gemma is married to Howard Francis and they have four children.

About My Project

The BIG Sing Community Choir are working hard to show community singing at its best! The members are people from the local community who have a desire to sing. The BIG Sing gives them the opportunity to be taught by expert tutors, turning the choir into an amazing sound and giving them unique performance opportunities.

The BIG Sing have performed alongside some BIG names already including Mica Paris, Ellie Goulding, Leah McFall (from BBC The Voice) Blake, London Community Gospel Choir, sung for Jamie Oliver and have toured with Leona Lewis. Our gospel choir were on TV as WINNERS on BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year Competition in 2017, and were also asked to sing for ITV’s X-Factor. Come and hear their pop, gospel soul and inspirational songs that will leave you feeling happy and uplifted – you can even sing along!

The BIG Sing is the dream that we have created together
Uniting communities with uplifting and motivating music, inspired by gospel music and teaching. The BIG Sing is more than a choir; we are a ‘family’. So many members have found the choir to help them through loneliness, depression, grief, illness and have given them two hours a week to find ‘them’ again.

The choirs have been growing from strength to strength in number and ability, showing the members that together we CAN achieve greatness.