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GLOBAL ICON JOSÉ FELICIANO SHARES “BEHIND THIS GUITAR” THE TITLE TRACK FROM HIS FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 31, 2020

2019-11-15

Never Before Released Version Of “Feliz Navidad,” Also Available Today   Download hi-res images here   Nine-time Grammy Award Winner and musical icon José Feliciano has shared, “Behind This Guitar,” the title track from his anticipated new album to be released January 31, 2020 on Anthem Records.   Stream/download the track here; watch the lyric video […]

Never Before Released Version Of “Feliz Navidad,” Also Available Today

 

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Nine-time Grammy Award Winner and musical icon José Feliciano has shared, “Behind This Guitar,” the title track from his anticipated new album to be released January 31, 2020 on Anthem Records.   Stream/download the track here; watch the lyric video here.  Just in time for the holiday season, Anthem Records has also released a never-before-available recording of Jose’s evergreen holiday classic, “Feliz Navidad,” produced by master percussionist and longtime band member Bob Conti. “Feliz Navidad” remains one of the best-selling Christmas songs of all time; stream/download here.

 

“Behind This Guitar” reunites Feliciano with his longtime producer, Rick Jarrard, at a landmark moment in an enduring global concert and recording career now well into its sixth decade.  Recorded in Nashville – a first for Feliciano – with a stellar roster of collaborating musicians, the new music comes in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the singer/guitarist’s breakthrough success and his first Grammy AwardsÒ.   

 

Guitar Player exclusively premiered the song, raving, “throughout the breezy yet poignant track, Feliciano weaves elegant guitar melody lines between each vocal phrase, but the full tapestry unfurls when he takes off on a majestic and thrilling end solo.”

 

The new song is a genial, deeply felt kind of love letter in which Feliciano almost meditates on a lifelong partnership with his guitar. Jarrard came across the Phil O’Donnell/Casey Beathard/Don Sampson original some seven years ago.  “When the idea of a new album with José Feliciano came along, I knew this would be the perfect song,” Jarrard says. “It tells Jose’s life story in three-and-a-half minutes, from his childhood until now. There can’t be a better song for him than this one.”

 

And Feliciano agrees. You can hear the connection, not only in the quiet affection in his vocal, but in the way that, as the song progresses, he so sensitively embroiders the melody on the guitar. “When I first heard the song,” Feliciano recalls, “the lyrics were so … connected to me, without the writers knowing who I was. I really was taken aback by what it says … I never met those guys who wrote the song, but I used to sit up in bed with my guitar, practicing and playing and learning … There were times, years ago, when I would be playing my guitar and my fingers really did bleed. And there you have it.”

 

While gearing up for the release of the new album, Feliciano also appears on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; his classic 1968 cover of “California Dreamin’” is one of the top streamed songs from the album. Earlier this year, he released “En Mi Viejo San Juan” - considered by many Puerto Ricans to be the country’s second national anthem - with twenty percent of proceeds donated to the Flamboyan Arts Fund.  The fund was established as a partnership between Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, Jeffrey Seller (the producer of HAMILTON), and the Flamboyan Foundation.   After he performed the track on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Huffington Post exclaimed “the legend…brought Twitter to tears.”

 

José Feliciano’s nine Grammy wins include a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding musical contributions.  The Puerto Rican-born musician, singer and composer is known for many international hits, including his rendition of The Doors’ “Light My Fire”, “Che Sarà”, “La Copa Rota”, “Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?”, and the theme song, “Chico and The Man” from the hit television show. In 1968, Feliciano stirred national controversy and made history as the first artist ever to stylize the US national anthem. His soulful recording of the “Star Spangled Banner” became the first version of the anthem to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The legendary artist will perform selections from his forthcoming album alongside staples from his vast catalogue at a special live show in New York City on December 22nd at Sony Hall.

 

About Anthem Records

Anthem Records was founded in 1977, with a rich history of artists including the legendary band Rush. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Nashville, the label has evolved to include a diverse roster of artists across multiple genres. Their approach combines the resources, power and reach of a major with the agility, entrepreneurism and soul of an independent.

For a list of the full roster and more information, visit anthementertainment.com/anthemrecords.

 

 

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