Frank Simms sings on CDs, in concerts, on films and television with David Bowie, Billy Joel, Madonna, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello, Al Green, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, INXS, Grace Jones, Teddy Pendergrass, Jeff Beck, Roberta Flack, Harry Chapin, The Simple Minds, Peter Wolf, George Benson, and dozens of others. He has appeared live on “The David Letterman Show” and “The Conan O’Brien Show”.
Frank hails from a professional voiceover family. His dad, a ubiquitous announcing presence in New York in the fifties and sixties, hosted “The I Love Lucy Show”, “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”, announced for “Candid Camera”, “The Garry Moore Show”, and was spokesperson for Kodak, Parliament, and Pontiac. He sat in as right-hand man on “The Merv Griffin Show” in the mid-sixties.
Frank Sr.’s younger brother, Hank Simms, was the LA-based voice of the annual Academy Award ceremonies, as well as the booming announcer behind TV’s Quinn Martin Productions.
As a voiceover and character actor, Frank’s represented Dijonnaise, Alka-Seltzer, Allegra, Gushers, Butterfingers, Gillette, Honeycomb Cereal (the devilish rasp of “The Craving”), is the Ricola “Cougher” and has been the voice of the Kool Aid Man for 15 years.
Performing on hundreds of television and radio jingles, Frank also regularly sings the sketch themes, parody commercial themes, performs voiceovers on sketches, and occasionally sings live with musical guests on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”. He’s heard singing the popular theme for the weekly Robert Smeigel cartoon piece, “Saturday TV Funhouse”, and sang for Robert’s spinoff for Comedy Central’s, “TV Funhouse” as well.
You can hear many of his character voices on popular video game soundtracks like Gran Theft Auto/San Andreas, Max Payne II, and on promos for Nickelodeon.
Frank writes songs, arranges and produces, plays guitar and bass, and has toured the world with both David Bowie and Billy Joel as a vocalist. His group with his brother, George, “The Simms Brothers Band”, played for about three years and recorded two albums for the Elektra label in the early eighties.