Luis Fonsi takes “an emotional journey” when releasing his new album

By Jorge J. Muñiz Ortiz |

San Juan (EFE).- Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi released his new album, ‘El Viaje’, with which he celebrates his 25-year career, the period of which he described to EFE as “an emotional journey” and “on the rise,” without that fame collided with his pride in his successful musical career.

“These 25 years have been a journey. In addition to being physical, it has been an emotional journey. I feel it more like that than taking a suitcase, getting on a plane and traveling,” said Fonsi in a videoconference interview about his journey as a musician.

That “emotional” feeling that Luis Alfonso Rodríguez, the first name of this 46-year-old artist, referred to, emerges when remembering that he started his musical career “very young”, several years after finishing university in the US and return to Puerto Rico.

“There begins my journey,” the renowned artist recalled about those first years of his career, which since then have given him the opportunity to record twelve albums, visit dozens of countries and create successful songs, including ‘Despacito’.

A trip “at the right speed”

These experiences, added to the awards he has obtained – which include 5 Latin Grammys – and the hundreds of performances he has given around the world, Fonsi summarizes them in “a beautiful and ascending journey, as if at the right speed.”

“It was a nice promotion, where I had time to learn, appreciate what I was experiencing. At no time did success or fame make me stumble, because I had to work, fight and I continue to work a lot. But I saw that difference that every trip I made, I felt a little more warmth, support and the ‘fans’ at the airports,” he highlighted.

Photograph without a specific shooting date, provided by Elastic People, showing the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi who released his new album this Friday, ‘El Viaje’, which consists of twelve songs. EFE/Elastic People

Likewise, that “promotion,” as he said, was experienced “with a lot of passion and humility,” although he has also gone through “hard moments that have been part of this journey” and of which he was grateful that “there have not been many.”

“No one in life has a perfect trip. Life gives us some tests that one has to know how to overcome, but that is what hardens us and makes us appreciate the moments of glory,” she reflected.

Luis Fonsi dedicates a song to his wife

The album ‘El Viaje’ consists of twelve songs and the collaborations of the Italian Laura Pausini, the Colombian Carlos Vives, the Puerto Rican Jay Wheeler and the Spanish Omar Montes.

Each song is titled a city, such as ‘San Juan’, ‘Santiago’, ‘Roma’ or ‘Marbella’, inspired by Fonsi with some love story or anecdote that the Puerto Rican artist lived or had in that town.

Luis Fonsi released his new album, 'El Viaje', with which he celebrates his 25 years of career, whose period he described as Luis Fonsi released his new album, 'El Viaje', with which he celebrates his 25 years of career, whose period he described as
Photograph without a specific shooting date, provided by Elastic People, showing the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi who released his new album this Friday, ‘El Viaje’, which consists of twelve songs. EFE/Elastic People

Among the stories that Fonsi highlights in ‘El Viaje’ is ‘Andalucía’, the “most personal relief” song on his album and which he dedicates to his wife, the Spanish model and native of the region, Águeda López, whom He met Puerto Rican communicator and actress Adamari López after divorcing.

“It talks about what I had to experience in that period of transition… Those emotional changes that one feels, that one is swimming against the current,” he reflected while accepting that “it was worth going through” such a difficult time “to return.” to find love.”

The first songs on the album were discarded

According to Fonsi’s admission, some of the first songs he wrote for the album, except ‘Punta Cana’, and on which the Dominican El Alfa would collaborate, are not part of the album.

However, after recording the song ‘Bora Bora’ with the Spanish Abraham Mateo, this motivated him to make ‘El Viaje’, a production with story songs from a dozen cities that have marked him in his life, but also not with a significant rhythm of the place.

“It is not a tribute to that city; It is not as literal, as if a song from Mexico was going to be a mariachi, it does not reach that limit. But it was born more from a point of inspiration, that this love story happened through that city or reminded me of that city,” she explained.

 
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