In The Spotlight

Neal Francis – “These Are The Days”

The early musical life of this Chicago-based piano prodigy was both a true journey through legendary, genre-spanning influences and self-destruction, consumed by addiction. Now reborn in sobriety, he’s taken the sounds that shaped him, ranging from Allen Toussaint’s vocals to Billy Preston’s gospel-soul and reinvented his own vintage framed blend of New Orleans rhythms and Chicago blues.

His debut single is an invigorating amalgamation of retro-sounding genres. The late 60s R&B basis is embellished with an exhuberant gospel organ, soul-infused backing harmonies and a blazing horn section. With his honest, Allen Toussaint-reminiscent vocals digging deep into your soul and a melodic fusion oozing with nostalgic style, this fiery track pays tribute to the heyday of his musical roots.

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