At the 2015 GRAMMYs international rock star JUANES sang a complete song in Spanish – first time in ten years. (Last Spanish-language performance was Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s duet “Escapemonos”.) Juanes perfromed “Juntos” – the song he co-wrote for Disney’s McFarland USA which will be in theaters on February 20, 2015.
The live performance was the first time I heard “Juntos (Together)” – the video is below. If you are familiar with Juanes’ music, you will immediately recognize his distinctive sound. If you are not familiar, take a listen and you’re welcome.
“I was thrilled when Disney invited me to be part of this very special project,” explains Juanes (according to a Disney Music Group press release). “Watching the film left me inspired about the power of teamwork, tenacity and faith, and I’m honored to now be part of the ‘McFarland, USA’ team.”
Niki Caro, the director of “McFarland, USA,” returned to McFarland to shoot the music video and says of Juanes’ participation, “I’m thrilled to have Juanes’ collaboration on this movie. His song ‘Juntos (Together)’ goes to the very soul of ‘McFarland, USA.'”
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With seven solo albums to his credit and multi-platinum sales of over 16 million copies, Juanes is the world’s leading all-Spanish language rock artist–both a 2-time GRAMMY® and 20-time LATIN GRAMMY® winner with nine #1 singles on Billboard’s Latin Singles charts. Working with famed rock producer Steve Lillywhite, Juanes’ latest album “Loco De Amor” was released in the spring of 2014 and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart and topped iTunes sales in over a dozen countries.
As a complete fan, I appreciate that we live in a social media digital age today. Juanes is frequently recognized as one of the Spanish-speaking world’s leading social media voices with an online following of over 18 million fans. Take a look at what he posted on Instagram just before he went on stage at the GRAMMYs.
The Colombian superstar’s dedication as a global activist also extends far beyond his passionate lyrics and is seen in his wide ranging charitable work for his own Mi Sangre Foundation and as a co-founder of the “Paz sin Fronteras” (Peace Without Borders) organization.
And if that’s not enough, he recently recorded a duet with another Spanish-language music icon – Juan Gabriel. “Querida” is definitely my favorite Juan Gabriel song and this duet is possible my new favorite canción – ever. Who doesn’t love a heart-wrenching love song pleading for a loved-one to come back. It’s a very different sound than the distinctive Juanes sound but that’s because it’s a Juan Gabriel song and that includes a lot of horns and strings. The duet is on Gabriel’s Los Dúo album (iTunes) that features many amazing artists like Vicente Fernandez, Alejandra Guzman, Laura Pausini, Marco Antonio Solís and more.