Music has always had a strong presence in Beatriz Luengo’s life. Her grandmother, who sang copla (a Spanish music genre), first introduced the Spanish singer to the world of entertainment. Since then, Luengo has acted, sung, and even worked a year-long stint as a circus performer at the age of 9. By 17, Luengo had three recorded albums under her belt.
Now, the Madrid-born actress/singer has planted her feet firmly in the U.S. for the promotion of her new album, Bela y Sus Moskitas Muertas, set to be released on Sept. 6. Luengo teamed up with Yotuel Romero from the band Orishas to produce the album, a blend of new pop, reggae, and urban beats. Her video to her first single “Como Tú No Hay 2,” has recently surpassed 1 million views on YouTube/VEVO. The singer will also be presenting an award at the 8th Annual Premios Juventud this Thursday on Univision.
The 28-year-old spoke to Latina.com recently about her album, her musical inspirations, and what she loves most about being Latina.
Tell us about your new album, Bela y Sus Moskitas Muertas.
It’s an album with a very special sound – one that will make people good. Overall, I want my music to evoke emotion. It’s an album that you can listen to during dinner with friends at home, one that you can dance to, or you can take with you in your car for a long trip. There are some artists I collaborated with for the album – one that I can confirm is Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s son. The album’s sound is like a blend of new pop, reggae, and urban beats.
What inspires you musically?
This voyage everything that it has brought me has inspired me very much. Also, the distance from those I’ve left behind and the positivity I’ve found after arriving to a new country and feel like I can find my own place. I arrived here with illusions but I still wasn’t sure if I was going to find my path – and I did.
Which do you prefer – acting or singing?
The truth is that music feels closer to me but I really like acting. I like combining both worlds. When I make music, it’s a big responsibility with many different decisions…I like doing everything and its very satisfying when things work out well and I read a comment from someone on the Internet or I see someone singing a cover of my song. I feel that that all makes it worth it. But I also like working on projects as an actor because I’m just one more element – I don’t need to direct, write – I’m simply one more element in the hands of someone else who has their own vision. I try to do my job with as little egoism as possible and in the favor of what the director wants.
What do you love most about being Latina?
For me, the most important thing and what I try to point out in my single “Como Tú No Hay 2” is that I love feeling that a Latina woman is both a princess and a heroine. To arrive in a country like this, try to adapt to a new language and society, work really hard while you maintain your families and start a new life here, that to me is being a princess above having gold, riches, and fame, like one of my lyrics state. That’s the one thing I try to do with that song and at the end of the day, what motivates me more than material things or selling millions of albums is a girl who’s in a beauty salon or a girl working at a supermarket to tell themselves, ‘I can be a princess because all I need is a castle…all I need is to feel happy with who I am.
Tell us about any other upcoming projects.
The album [Bela y Sus Moskitas Muertas] will be out in different countries, such as Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, and the U.S. I have a calendar filled for the next year so any other projects we had in the works had to be canceled to promote the album, perform in concerts. I’m a new artist and it’s a big album, so I want to dedicate myself to tending all areas.