Francesco Yates pub 1 credit Jimmy Fontaine
Here is Francesco Yates’ funky single “Change The Channel.” The Toronto-based singer recounts his instant connection with Grammy winner Pharrell Williams. “I met Pharrell in the studio the day before we recorded; ‘Change the Channel’ and had a long chat about writing music and really got to know each other.

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We talked about the TV show Duck Dynasty, our favorite cereals, Mars Volta and Led Zeppelin.” Yates explains his second single “is about a cat and mouse chase with a girl. She’s alluring and flirtatious and the man loves the chase. He wants to change the channel and switch up, try something new with this particular girl.”

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Scattered with piercing Prince squeals, Yates reaches rockstar status with wildly distorted guitar licks. He will be promoting the arrival of his self-titled debut EP — out September 11 — while touring with label mate Jess Glynne this fall. Aside from Yates’s jaw-dropping chops, producers Pharrell Williams and Robin Hannibal lend the the 19-year-old their Midas touch. Check out the single below.

Francesco Yates – Change The Channel (P. Williams) (15’)

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