Francisco Martin Drops “Lily” Shares He’s 2 Months Sober

Francisco Martin
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American Idol’s Francisco Martin releases “Lily” and shares that he’s 2 months sober

Singer-songwriter Francisco Martin has just released “Lily,” about the tug and pull of a relationship on the rocks – when you know it’ll end soon but can’t help but still hold on.

“This song started one late, hazy night with my closest friends and family and was finished at the legendary Stupid Youth Studios,” the American Idol season 18 alum adds. “While the song sounds easy-going, the lyrics pull at your heartstrings.”

Recently, he penned two of the American Idol season 21 original songs. “I’ll Be Seeing You” for winner Iam Tongi earned No. 1 status on the Billboard charts. He also co-wrote “I Still Talk to Jesus” for 2nd runner-up. Colin Stough.

On being 2 months sober, Francisco writes, “I’m alive and ok…it’s hard but life ain’t ever a walk in the park”

On Instagram, Francisco wrote honestly about his life these past few months. While he shares that two of his songs are on Billboard, “there has been “a whole lot of simply working on myself.” The singer songwriter confesses, “2 months sober, and it’s hard, but life ain’t ever a walk in the park.”

“I’m alive and okay,” he writes. “And after dealing with lots of medical and emotional trauma these last few weeks, I’m happy to continue to put my art out into the world.” He continues, “That’s all we are. Today, now, and in the present…More music to come. Love you guys.”

“Lily” follows a string of releases

“Lilly” follows “Passenger Princess,” a soulful track that showcased a softer, more sensitive side of Francisco. His EP Manic,’ dealt with mental health issues, relationships, angst, and human disconnection.

Francisco first shot to fame with American Idol season 18 in 2020, where he placed Top 5. From there, he quickly released a few singles before embarking on a fall coast-to-coast tour. To date, Francisco has released several singles, including “Swollen,” which has amassed close to 8 million streams across all DSPs (with 6 million on Spotify). Francisco’s previous single, “If U Need Me,” premiered on PopMatters. He put out his debut EP, ‘Beautiful Ramblings of a Restless Mind,’ in 2021.

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