Latin rock star Juanes will be singing again at the Grammy Awards, but this time it will be a song of his own, in Spanish.The Colombian singer-songwriter, who in 2013 sang an English-Spanish version of Elton John’s “Your Song,” says appearing on the telecast again on Sunday is like a dream come true.
“I’m very excited. I can’t believe this is going to happen. You know, I’ve been waiting for this moment for many years and we are very excited now that it’s about to come, to happen,” Juanes
Juanes told The Associated Press on Monday in an interview at his recording studio in Miami, where he lives.
“We are going to perform a new song called ‘Juntos,’ or ‘Together,’ the song that we made for the Disney movie McFarland, USA,” he added. “So, yes, we’re rehearsing and practicing a lot, and just … (getting) ready for that big night”.
Juanes, who has won two Grammys and 19 Latin Grammys, sees the telecast as a “big window,” as “something very special” that will allow him to connect with many people and once more be among other musicians like him.Juanes is working on a new album at the moment. He plans to go on tour next year around the U.S. and Latin America.
Juanes (born Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, August 9, 1972) is a Colombian musician who was a member of heavy metal band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. He grew up in Medellín during the height of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s reign, when the city had the highest homicide rate in the world. When he was seven years old, his father and brothers began to teach him how to play guitar. His passion for the instrument led him to discover diverse genres of music such as traditional Latin sounds such as tango and bachata, as well as Colombian folk music. During his childhood, Juanes witnessed a civil war in which thousands were killed. He was greatly affected by the violence as his cousin was executed by kidnappers, and his close friend was murdered by gunmen.