Francisco Martin – Split Personality

Filipino-American singer and songwriter Francisco Martin has released a new track, “Split Personality,” from his new EP, ‘Manic.’

Francisco Martin started his career by performing his original songs on American Idol. Francisco Martin finished in the Top 5 on the 18th season of American Idol and his music career is barely getting started.

After his first-ever tour, and a clutch of well-received singles, Francisco Martin realized he had an all-consuming yearning to be his authentic self in his music. To that end, he worked feverishly in his apartment at all hours of the night while facing complaints from the neighbors.

Francisco Martin now emerges with his first true artistic statement, the 6-song EP, Manic, a bold collection of emotionally-raw pop-rock.

Manic was made during a three-month pause after Francisco was thrust in the public eye. It was created by Francisco and his co-producer/good friend Nick Sarpa in Francisco’s apartment studio setup. The release bursts with dynamic musicality such as stately balladry, cathartic, grungy aggression, catchy EDM, and moments of soulful serenity.

Throughout the EP, Francisco Martin bravely shares personal reflections on mental health, relationships, angst, and human disconnection in the age of connection.

As a multi-instrumentalist and producer, Francisco Martin’s love for music sparked at a young age. Growing up in a music loving household Francisco Martin was exposed to his father’s favorite rock bands, the singer-songwriters loved by his mother and the soul music listened to by his older brother.

Encouraged by his father, Francisco Martin began playing drums and singing at the age of nine. Martin picked up both the guitar and piano around his freshman year of high school which eventually led him to discover a love for producing.

Francisco Martin’s sound is derived from artists such as James Bay, John Mayer, Maggie Rogers and Ed Sheeran, coupled with the classics that were played around his house growing up.

Francisco Martin describes his music and delicate songwriting as “the beauty and ugliness of heavy heartedness” and is a self-described “acoustic-based artist”

Francisco Martin was a contestant in Season 18 of American Idol. He auditioned in Sunriver, OR and sang “Alaska” by Maggie Rogers and “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, though the second song was not televised until the second “This Is Me” episode. All three judges voted “yes”, sending him to the next round in Hollywood.

Francisco Martin was shown in the “Singer-Songwriter” category of the Genre Challenge, where he sang “Hold Back the River” by James Bay. Afterward his performance, the judges told him he advanced.

Later, Francisco Martin was shown in a duet called “3:15” with Louis Knight singing “Break Even” by The Script. Both of them advanced. After his untelevised final solo performance, he was placed in a deliberation room where the judges revealed that everyone in the room had advanced.

From there, Francisco Martin went to Hawaii for the next round where he performed “Falling” by Harry Styles. During the Final Judgment, the judges told him that he did enough to become a Top 20 semifinalist.

From there, Francisco Martin continued to advance forward with performances of “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry, “Falling Like The Stars” by James Arthur, “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins from Tarzan and “River” by Leon Bridges, eventually landing in the Top 5.

For his final performances, Francisco Martin sang “Adore You” by Harry Styles and circled back to his original audition song, “Alaska” by Maggie Rogers, but did not receive enough votes to advance to the finale.

Shortly after his time on American Idol, Francisco Martin penned a record deal with 19 Recordings and began work on a solo music career.

To date, Francisco Martin has released several hit singles, including “Swollen,” which has amassed close to 8 million streams across all DSPS (6 million on Spotify). The singer wrote and produced the song by himself in his bedroom studio in Nevada. Francisco’s previous single, “If U Need Me,” premiered on PopMatters.

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