Atlantic Records signee Francesco Yates will release his self-titled debut EP on Friday, September 11th, the same date as his 20th birthday. The set is heralded by the first single, "Honey I'm Home," which was previously approved by the late Amy Winehouse.
The song was written by one of Winehouse's background singers, who played her a demo before her passing. Upon hearing it, she advised him "to make it from love, and the people will listen," Yates told The FADER.
"When I first heard the song, I felt exactly what Amy was talking about in the lyrics and power of the vocal performance," he explained, adding that he had to fight for the high notes. "Honestly, I was about to give up on them all together and on the last take I cut in the studio, I hit the first and then the second and finally felt like the song was complete."
Yates' upcoming opus will boast production from Pharrell Williams and Robin Hannibal (Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware).
The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist will support the upcoming release with a North American tour. He has been tapped as a guest act on label-mate Jess Glynne's trek, which kicks off September 14th at Washington, DC. For complete details and additional live dates, please see www.francescoyates.com/tour.