This is your first album of new salsa songs in almost a decade. Why the long hiatus?
I know I take a long time with my recording process. That has always been the case. I like living with the ideas of a song for a long time before I even go to the studio, but I truly feel that this was the right time, and I’m very happy with the final product. I called the album 3.0 as a kind of reflection of the language often used among friends on social media to define the “next level.”
How has reteaming with your frequent collaborator, Sergio George, taken your music to the “next level”?
There is chemistry and an understanding between us that is rather unique, and that has been there since the beginning of my career. There were close to 10 years that we weren’t in the studio together, but that sense of connection didn’t change at all. He is a master at what he does and is like a kindred spirit in my music. When we’re recording, the interaction is fascinating, because I don’t I have to finish a sentence explaining what I’m looking for or what I want to hear. He completes the idea before I even finish. It has been wonderful to work with Sergio again.
You’ve said, “This album represents where I am in my life right now and the arrangements represent all that I’ve learned throughout the years.” Where are you in life right now?
I am in a great place. Choosing the first single was really hard because I really like all of the songs on this album, but I decided to go with “Vivir Mi Vida” because of the strong message, so positive and such an homage to life. And that’s how I want to see it these days. I have so many blessings in my life and don’t take any of them for granted.
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