NOW That's What I Call Music! 71 features David Francisco's "LIONHEART"
Inspirational American Idol Alum Joins Jonas Brothers, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Dan + Shay, and more on Hit Compilation Series
Francisco Honored to be Included with Katy Perry, Idol Judge who championed Singer on Idol
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 2, 2019) – David Francisco - whose story inspired MILLIONS on the hit ABC tv show, American Idol – is continuing his musical journey and it's clear his music and message are reaching lives. David's latest single release, "LIONHEART," is featured on today's release of the hit compilation series, NOW That's What I Call Music! 71.
Featured as a NOW Presents What's Next title, the project finds Francisco's music alongside the Jonas Brothers, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers & Bebe Rexha, Dan + Shay along with the explosively viral hit, "Old Town Road" from Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
The compilation also finds David included alongside Katy Perry, who – as an American Idol judge – was incredibly moved by David's audition, catapulting his inspirational story to soaring heights. To date, the video on Facebook alone has seen over 56 MILLION VIEWS!
To say David is excited about being included in this compilation would be an understatement, he says: "I AM THRILLED and unbelievably honored to be included with such amazing artists on the NOW 71 project!! I can’t believe my name is included alongside the Jonas Brothers, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Dan + Shay and so many more amazing artists! It’s an extra special moment to me to be reunited – digitally and musically speaking - to Katy Perry who made such a difference in my life and career on American Idol. Thanks to everyone at NOW! for this great moment!!"
The song "LIONHEART" has made quite the impact since being released, inspiring so many with the encouraging message. Earlier this year, People magazine exclusively debuted the lyric video for the song and shared the story behind the song in an article accompanying the video.
David moved to Nashville, TN in 2016 to pursue his dreams of music. Three weeks after his move, on April 26, 2016, his world was shattered. David was t-boned by a distracted driver who ran a red light while on his bicycle. The impact launched his body toward the windshield of the driver and his face smacked into the windshield glass. His back snapped, his spinal cord was severely damaged and his left forearm was torn open.
David was paralyzed. The next year consisted of intense, full-time physical therapy and rehabilitation - focusing all his efforts on gaining any possible mobility.
He returned to Nashville in 2017, enrolling in and graduating from Blackbird Academy Professional Audio School. Later in 2017, David auditioned for American Idol. His story moved MILLIONS to tears - including judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Byan - with his determination, passion, forgiving spirit and kindness.
David's latest EP, Lionheart: The Journey Begins, is available now via all digital platforms.
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