Your debut single, “Just Another Day,” made quite an impact around the world. How do you remember feeling about the reaction as a first-time solo artist?
I worked for over five years before my first CD came out. I was part of a songwriting and production team with the intention of one day having my chance as a solo artist. But I was so attached to doing my thing as a musician, from the way I was raised. Before I noticed, I had my first record, which really came as an evolution of all the work I was doing up to that point.
You’ve recorded a new version of “Just Another Day” on Otra Vez. How would you describe it?
It’s kind of a little reminder of how it all started for me. It’s a new dance version. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on radio, where it really all started with that song. One of my production partners suggested it to bring people up to speed as to what I’m all about as an artist.
What is it about the song that has made such a monumental impact since the time of its initial release?
I don’t know; I got lucky. As a songwriter, you sometimes feel like you’ve written a song that’s good, but you don’t know until people hear it if they’re gonna dig it or not. It worked out. Thank God that the record company liked it. It had the substance to be a good song, and ended up being a big hit for me.
The Latin pop-music market holds a distinct difference from the English-language one in that artists don’t have to be twenty-something in order to achieve chartbreaking success. What are your thoughts on that phenomenon?
I think it comes from the culture: the fan base demographically grows with you in a different way. It’s wonderful. Once attached to an artist, the Latin fans generally love and wanna hear them all the time — depending on the music they put out. It’s definitely a part of how Latin fans become endeared with the artists they enjoy.