Multiple Latin Grammy-winner Kany García has international exposure in her sights with her self-titled third album. On Kany García, she delights us with her wisdom, her turns of phrase, and her fresh sound that have made her one of Latin pop music’s most recognizable young artists.
This talented Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, who is signed to Sony Music, mixes heart-wrenching ballads with rhythmic songs as she shares an eclectic vision of Latin American sounds. The album is produced by the maestro Julio Reyes Copello (Marc Anthony, Jennifer López, Chayanne, Alejandro Sanz, Paulina Rubio, Nelly Furtado), with co-production by Kany herself.
As she says: “What I do is not just sing, but create. And a person isn’t going to create all the time. Life and experiences make us evolve and want to do other things.” The lyrics of Kany García could be described as more concise. Her colorful musical palette includes the Colombian papayera (which could be compared to Mexican banda music), the Hawaiian ukelele, along with woodwinds, brass, percussion, violins and the Venezuelan llanera harp.
“This album is very genuine,” Kany notes. “Everything in my life is where it’s supposed to be.”
Kany García comprises 12 tracks, all of them self-written – nine new songs and three intriguing new takes on her previous hits. It also features duets with none other than Franco de Vita, the Spanish singers Antonio Carmona and Dani Martin, and the Colombian duo Jorge Celedón & Jimmy Zambrano.
The album dazzles with the enchanting ballad “Alguien” (Someone), which draws you in with a hypnotic intro that slowly builds to an iconic peak: “When someone fails us,” she explains, “we believe that no one suffers like we do, that no one loves like we do.” This song’s message will strike a chord with many of us.
With its acoustic framing, “Pasaporte a la Luna” (Passport to the Moon), expresses in a natural way the love that Kany García feels for her husband, Carlos Padial. “It has the most incredible lyrics on the entire album,” Kany says. “It’s a poem.”
Meanwhile, the bohemian, troubadour-styled “Si Yo Me Olvido” (If I Forget) reaffirms the importance of her roots. “It doesn’t matter where you find yourself in life. There are things you can’t forget – like your culture, your country and your beliefs.”
For her parents, she wrote “Demasiado Bueno” (Too Good). “It’s the only song that makes me hold back tears.”
She mischievously tweaks egoism on the uptempo “Que Te Vaya Mal” (I Wish You Bad Luck).
“Cuando Se Va el Amor” (When Love Goes Away) takes an optimistic view about the end of a relationship. The autobiographical “Me Quedo” (I’ll Keep On) tells us what it’s like to be an artist and sets it to a cumbia beat. “I’ll keep on making noise for the community, because I represent it,” Kany sings.
Among her reinvented hits are “Hoy Ya Me Voy” (Today I Leave). This “unplugged” treasure is a powerful duet with the legendary singer/songwriter Franco de Vita and features piano as the only musical accompaniment. On “Estigma de Amor” (Stigma of Love), Antonio Carmona lends a flamenco touch, while Dani Martin, former lead singer of El Canto del Loco, adds a soulful dimension to “Esta Soledad” (This Loneliness).
The Colombian folkloric superstars Jorge Celedón and Jimmy Zambrano contribute their vocals and accordion riffs to the danceable “Que Me Quieras” (May You Love Me), which fuses the tropical rhythms of vallenato and bomba.
Recorded at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, the CD + DVD features musical backing by students and by a world-class band, including the American drummer Aaron Sterling (John Legend, Rolling Stones), the Colombian guitarist and producer Andrés Castro (Carlos Vives), bass player Guillermo Vadalá (Fito Páez), and her pianist and musical director Marcos Sánchez (Luis Fonsi), among others.
The album Kany García goes to retail and digital outlets July 31.
Official Website: www.kanygarcia.com