Soul Singer Heston is Back and Better than Ever
By Angela P. Moore
From rave reviews to landing on Billboard’s Top R&B 100 Chart, International Soul Singer Heston Francis is back and better than ever with his highly anticipated album, Transparency. Listen to the album and immediately you can tell Heston put his heart and soul into the project and his hard work continues to pay off, both in the United States and abroad. He will kick off his international tour early 2017.
“I’m a bit more confident with this album. Most of the music was co-written, and I wrote all the lyrics,” says Heston in a recent interview. “Creating timeless music has always been my ultimate goal. I want to leave the world with music that can be played for a lifetime.” Heston’s latest album was released earlier this year in Japan through P-Vine Records, in the U.K. and Europe through Soul Brother Records, and domestically and digitally in partnership with Purpose Music Group/Nia-Eone Distribution.
His first single from Transparency, “Dear God” charted #8 on the iTunes World Music Charts. The second single, “Mind, Body and Soul”, is climbing the charts internationally and was nominated to be the SoulTracks.com, “Song of the Year”. Transparency has received rave reviews and is currently charting #62 on the Billboard R&B Top 100 and #7 on the UK Soul Chart.
With Heston’s rich and soulful voice, it is hard to choose a favorite on the album because the entire album is great. “I think from album to album, I focused on becoming a better songwriter, better music arranger and a better vocalist. My goal is always to make the last album vocally, lyrically, musically, and sonically better than the previous album,” says Heston. Some of my favorites on Transparency include, “Mind, Body and Soul”, “Stay”, “Yesterday”, “Dear God”, and “When a Man Knows”. Lorenzo Johnson, Cornell Phillips & DJ Kemit produced the album.
Born on the tiny island of Dominica, Philadelphia-based, Heston, is not new to the music industry. This is his fourth studio album. He was exposed to music as early as 3-years-old and learned to appreciate multiple genres of music from his town’s only radio station. Heston possesses one of those rare, “instant classic” voices laced with confident sensuality, informed by the best side of mellow 70’s soul.
An international artist-at-heart, he has performed in Japan, London, France, Spain, Portugal, Jamaica, Holland, Australia, his native Dominica and the U.S. He has collaborated with UK artist, Reel People; Amsterdam artist, Tristan and Reverendos of Italy. Heston has also opened for Kanye West, Anthony Hamilton, Wyclef Jean, Toni Braxton, Liz Wright, George Clinton, Third World, Indie Arie, Emeli Sande and Angelique Kidjo.
Fast forward to the business side of music. Heston says,”My biggest challenge has always been the same – not having a solid machine behind me or the financial backing. The solid machine includes marketing and promotion, tour support and all it takes to launch an album.” He adds, “Advice that I would give up and coming artists is – it’s a marathon and not a race. You have to really truly, truly want it.”
What’s up next for Heston? “I’m focused on working this album. Between collaborations with artists and Europe, I will do some touring. I will follow the album where it takes me.”
To purchase Heston’s music, visit www.hestonmusic.com or ITunes.
Follow Heston @:
Instagram: Heston Music
Twitter: The Real Heston