Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes took time off during his busy recording schedule this past Saturday to receive an award for his humanitarian work at the annual Fedex/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala in Miami. The event was a benefit for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric cancer research center.
“As a father, I can't help but feel deeply touched by the children who are at St. Jude at this moment. The mission of this hospital is truly unique and the magnitude of hope that it brings to thousands of families is unimaginable," said the musician in a statement.
Now he’s back in the studio preparing his upcoming fifth album, which is being produced by Stephen Lipson (Pet Shop Boys, Paul McCartney) and is expected for release this fall. It’s been three long years since we’ve heard any new music from him so we’re counting down the days.
We’ll get a taste of what’s to come on June 10, when the rockero performs the first single, “Yerbatero,” at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa. And even if the names Drogba and Ronalho mean nothing to you, it’s worth tuning in for what is expected to be a resounding golllllllllll from Juanes. Described as “a hypnotic rock track that finds Juanes providing a natural remedy to those suffering the torment of a broken heart,” the song is named for the kind of healer that cures with medicinal herbs and other natural therapies.
The single’s cool cover art was created by artist Edoardo Chavarin, also the co-founder of the trendy Mexican clothing company NaCo, and features Juanes’ face imprinted with what look like tree roots, sun rays and a flower petal. I’m not sure what it means but I can’t wait to find out.
In the meantime, the Colombiano is appeasing fans by posting photos from recording sessions via Twitter. He also recently put up the video of a bilingual duet he did with Tony Bennett in 2006. The song is called “Shadow of Your Smile” and it’s beautiful. Here it is, in case you need a Juanes fix.