Judy Cantor-Navas, Los Angeles
One of salsa music\'s most perfect combinations, Latin pop star Marc Anthony and producer Sergio George, are in the studio recording Anthony\'s next record.
"We\'re doing a salsa album with brand new songs," George confirmed. The album is being recorded in Miami, featuring musicians flown in from salsa capitals Puerto Rico and New York.
Word of the album should have salsa lovers celebrating. George, who more recently launched the career of bachata-pop idol Prince Royce, worked with Anthony on the gold-selling "Todo a su Tiempo," and his 1993 salsa debut, "Otra Nota."
Anthony\'s last studio album was 2010\'s "Iconos," which featuring the singer\'s emotive versions of classic love ballads made famous by Latin pop stars.
The idea for Anthony\'s upcoming return to recording salsa came out of George and Anthony\'s encounter at the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival this past August, where Anthony sang as part of George\'s All Star Salsa Friends. The band of salsa legends included Anthony, along with Cheo Feliciano, José Alberto "El Canario", Luis Enrique, and other greats of the genre. George is preparing to put out a CD and DVD of that concert on his label, Top Stop Music, which also released Enrique\'s 2012 Latin Grammy-winning salsa album "Soy y Sere."
"Salsa music is still very loved, very hot, but they\'re aren\'t a lot of good new salsa interpreters," George remarked. "It\'s still relying upon the legends who really can do it."
George hinted that Anthony\'s new album, to be released by Sony U.S. Latin, could re-invigorate the genre, just as Todo a Su Tiempo did in its day.
"There might be a couple of surprises on this album that people won\'t expect from him," George said, adding that a single could be out at the beginning of 2013. "This is totally new."