Sanchez is the anti-Pat Boone.
Where the conservative crooner made early rock and roll "safe" in the '50s by taking all the edge of out of songs like "Tutti Frutti," Sanchez has made a career of refashioning the schmaltziest pop and R&B songs into dangerous, seductive dancehall and reggae.
The Kingston, Jamaica native (the "Sanchez" moniker was a reference to a popular footballer whose soccer skills the singer was said to favor) debuted in 1987 with a cover of Chris de Burg's "Lady In Red." Among his best loved tunes is a rather timeless dancehall version of "Lonely Won't Leave Me Alone," an impossibly dated sounding and mostly forgotten 1986 ballad by Jermaine Jackson.
The crooner--who now calls Broward County home--is set to bring his catalog of covers and originals (hip-hop heads may recognize his "One In A Million" as the sample from Cam'Ron and the Diplomats' "Dipset Anthem") to the Best of the Best festival at Bayfront Park on Sunday. Ahead of his performance, Crossfade spoke to Sanchez about the appeal of covers vs. originals, getting props from Tracy Chapman and why he won't play soccer anymore.
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