Frankie J went from being on a creative hiatus to blasting on the scene full force with his new Spanish single, "Tienes Que Creer en Mi." The chicano artist is also celebrating his invitation to form part of the highly successful Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias tour. We spoke to the platinum-selling about the news, his plans to bring his family, wife Grace, son Frankie Jr, 11, and daughter Emily, 7, on board, and more.
Check out our exclusive interview below!
Congrats on joining the Enrique Iglesias and J.Lo tour! What was your reaction when you first heard the news?
"When my manager first called me, I was like, 'Are you kidding me? Is this a prank?' It wasn't officially confirmed when I found out about it, but then Benny Medina [Jennifer's manager] agreed and things became solid. It took about a week to receive his okay and of course I was jumping out of my clothes! It's an amazing opportunity."
How do you plan to prepare for the tour?
"You know what, I have no idea. [Laughs] This has happened so fast that I haven't even had a rehearsal yet. I tend to do good when I'm under pressure, so I'm trying to figure all of that out as we speak. All of this is happening so fast, like I'm in Miami performing for Premio Juventud and then performing with them in New York this weekend. It's crazy, but awesome of course."
Do you plan on bringing your family along?
"I do, I do. I would say during half of the tour my family will probably join us. I want them to experience what I'm experiencing. My son has been calling me and asking me to get him baseball caps for every single team in the country. He knows exactly his measurements and everything! I want my wife to experience the tour too. She's excited about it. My daughter is taking it the hardest. She hates it when I'm gone, but she's starting to understand."
What are your thoughts of Enrique and Jennifer as artists?
"Wow! Enrique is one of the biggest icons in the pop world, I've gotten to meet him and get to know him, and he's honestly one of the most humble guys out there. He's actually taught me a few things about the industry and given me advice. The last time time I saw him he said, 'You can't wait too long to come back. You have to work hard and keep moving.' I really appreciated that from him. With J.Lo, I've never met her, but she's another icon. A couple of my dancers are dancing for her on tour, so it's funny how things come back in full circle."
You are dropping your new untitled album in October. What can fans expect from you after you wrap the tour?
"I always try to [create] positive messages in my music - regardless of whether my song is about a break-up or about a good relationship. At the end of it all it's about the fans. I'm glad they haven't forgotten about me. My plans after the tour is to go to Mexico and do a promotional tour out there. It's going to be exciting."