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Daly City singer Francisco Martin's unexpected path to fame

Singer Francisco Martin
Photo Courtesy From Jon Bleicher
Singer Francisco Martin

"I think you're top five."

Daly City singer Francisco Martin heard these life changing words from Luke Bryan during his American Idol audition. After singing through nerves and capturing the hearts of many viewers, Francisco became a finalist on the show's 18th season.

Since then he has been featured on a national tour and released his first EP "Beautiful Ramblings of a Restless Mind."

This interview was produced by Porfirio Rangel.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.