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Salsa King Marc Anthony
If you want to see a Latin explosion, to Marc Anthony, he's part of one. Following last year's Salsa set Libre, he adds to his English language output with a new album Mended in a stunning collaboration with Rock Thomas.
I got all music out of my system. I recorded two albums simultaneously, which is quite a feat. Two totally different genres Salsa album and pop album literally, simultaneously, I jumped from one session to the next. It's by far the most prolific musical year of my whole life, the most musical year period.
It's by far the most prolific album I've ever done. You know, it's not as melancholic, as deep as the other ones that I've done, and once I realized that, I said, well let me hear the last one. It's a little darker, full of a bit of pain, a bit of angst, and uncertainty. And I realized that's where I found myself, at that point. That's why this song called "Mended" coz so many things had to come together for me to find myself in a beautiful place in my life.
"Tragedy" is a song that I wrote with Cory Rooney for Marc Anthony.
It was sort of curious. I was full of a lot of anxiety, as you can imagine, when you hear someone that you respect so much like Rob Thomas is writing some for you, and you're just like, I want to know what he thinks, I want to know what he sound like, I want to do what he's like, you know. Coz it's his vision, you know, for me.
I never set out to be the poster child or educate the world, on what it is to be Latino. My music and my accomplishments say that in itself. That this is land of the opportunities and anything is possible, I mean, if I'm a symbol of anything, it's that anything is possible. You know, I was born and raised on the streets of Harlem, man, and I've seen it all. I just worked hard, and I believed in a dream, as hard as it was sometimes, and I accomplished what I always thought I could.
I'm counting on so much to happen, in order to have a career, in order to make a living, in order to entertain. You know, we sold this thing called CD, we take for granted that when you press "play", you like, you're gonna feel something. You never see it, coz you can't see music. Think about how much we're counting on it, I think about it and it's like, how lucky am I. I stand on stage, and I hold this little thing that amplifies my voice and the 20, 000 person has to feel it somewhere. It's, I feel really really lucky, I feel really really lucky, coz it's so fulfilling. Marc Anthony has out on touring North America in July, time for us to also hit the road.