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International Star You Should Know: Singer Francesco Yates

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Toronto singer Francesco Yates leaves an immediate impression with his style-defining Afro and a shockingly vibrant falsetto that has drawn the praises of Justin Timberlake (on Yates' new single, "Call") and made Pharrell Williams such a believer that he co-produced the 18-year-old's debut for Atlantic. SCHOOL OF ROCK At age 11, Yates enrolled in "rock camp" -- around the time "School of Rock" was released. "That movie sent it overboard for me," he said. He joined a band in high school, and a vocal coach helped pave the way to a deal with Chris Smith, manager of Nelly Furtado and JoJo. CONTINUING EDUCATION ...

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