Francesco Yates

At age 11, Toronto's Francesco Yates learned that music could be a viable career. After watching School of Rock, he enrolled in "rock camp" and learned piano and guitar. In high school, he joined the band. Work with his vocal coach led to his manager, Chris Smith (Nelly Furtado, JoJo), and by age 16 he was signed with Atlantic Records. Wielding a formidable falsetto and a love for funk, he hooked up with Pharrell Williams -- playing guitar on Williams' song "Gust of Wind" with Daft Punk -- who went on to produce Yates' first album along with Robin Hannibal (Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware, Cee Lo). An initial set of singles ("Call" and "When I Found You") was released in 2014, with a self-titled EP following in 2015. Singles "Nobody Like You" and "Honey I'm Home" led to a Heatseeker award at the Canadian Radio Music Awards.

Francesco Yates (born 11 September 1995) is a Canadian musician.nYates was born in Toronto and started writing music at the age of 11. He signed to Atlantic Records when he was 16. His self-titled debut EP, scheduled for release on September 11, 2015, was co-produced by Robin Hannibal and Pharrell.nIn 2015 Yates received the Heatseeker award at the Canadian Radio Music Awards and performed at the official Canada Day celebration in Ottawa. He provides the vocals on the Robin Schulz song "Sugar". He also performed at We Days across Canada that same year. In 2016 he will be opening act for Hedley (band) on their Hello World Tour with Carly Rae Jepsen.

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