Carlos Vives on New Album, Corazón Profundo: "It Has the Power to Unite"
Carlos Vives wants your "Fruta Fresca."
For having earned multiple platinum records, becoming the first Colombian artist to snag a Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album, holding the record for Latin Grammy nominations, and being married to a former Miss Colombia, Carlos Vives is a pretty humble guy.
"It's an amazing feeling," he says, "when we face the public and realize how much people enjoy our music."
Maybe Vives' humility is what has forged such a special bond between him and his amiradores, who (prior to his recent return from an eight-year hiatus) still devotedly jammed to the last album of original songs, 2004's El Rock De Mi Pueblo.
Almost a decade since the debut of the Latin Grammy award-winning Best Contemporary Tropical Album, the Colombian singer did some soul searching, experienced a musical rebirth, and recently released his new album, Corazón Profundo.
Now, el vallenato is trotting the Americas on his Como Le Gusta A Mi Pueblo tour, which will make a Miami stop at the American Airlines Arena on July 13.
Although Vives' music has evolved from the days of his career-making hit, "Fruta Fresca," to the mature pop of "Como Tu" and Corazón Profundo's "Como Le Gusta a Tu Cuerpo," featuring Michel Teló, his youthful enthusiasm remained untouched.
"I think the change has been a natural progression. I think I know how to make things better today and I'm more developed. It's stronger, more concrete, but my spirit and motivation doesn't change."
Officially, Vives broke his eight-year silence with the 2012 release of the single "Volví a Nacer," which he says was written for his wife.
"As artists, our inspiration is the love that we have for our spouses, our kids. All of my songs are inspired by the different kinds of love. ["Volví A Nacer"] was the first song we released and [it] has brought us good things."