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Ones to Watch: Francesco Yates

Francesco Yates has a lot of groove and funk with his single ‘Better to Be Loved’ for someone only 19 years of age.

He commands attention. Not just from his voice, or his unmistakable head of floppy curls, but from the likes of Grammy winners Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams (with Pharrell co-producing his debut album). Yates even performed guitar on the track ‘Gust of Wind’ (ft. Daft Punk) which is Pharrell’s ‘personal favourite’ song on ‘G I R L’.

It’s all seemingly surprising for someone so young, however Yates has been writing songs since the age of 11, after becoming inspired to start performing after watching the movie School of Rock.

With unique covers of popular songs such as Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools’ and unexpected mashups like ‘Thinking Out Loud / Let’s Get It On’ its clear that Yates has quite an exciting future ahead of him.

It’s evident he has a special talent as seen in the video below, showcasing him working in the studio with Pharrell:

We’ll have to keep our eyes on Yates this year as he continues to capture the world’s attention. Recently he won the Heatseeker award in Toronto at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, so it’s needless to say it’s going to be a hot and Francesco-filled summer.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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