Marc Anthony during his promotion of his most recent album launch, “Marc Anthony 3.0,” also shared a few anecdotes.
Marc knew how to use many factors to his advantage making him successful today.
“I use to stutter. I couldn’t say three words consecutively until around twelve years of age. It was hard for me to talk when I communicated but when I sang it stopped. It became my haven. It become my world so I learned everything I could about it. It became my key. When you stutter, when you are small, you are skinny, you wear glasses, you live in East Harlem, you better learn how to fight or sing. I learned both. I never imagined being a Spanish salsa singer. I was raised in New York with Motown, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, but I never thought Spanish. But when you’re little you better know it. I was wired with it when I was a baby from my dad, so my dad was my biggest influence. Song wise I use to love singing ‘My Eyes Adore You’ by Frankie Valli. And thanks to Spanish I am singing ‘La Copa Rota’. That was my mother’s song at 4 a.m. when she wanted everyone to go home. She would close the show. My dad would sing all night with his friends with the pots and pans, güiro, congas and maracas. My mom would be like okay it’s my turn.”
Marc Anthony – songwriter, singer, producer, actor and entrepreneur – prefers to be a producer.
“A producer has to bring it all together. From day one choosing the song you are the producer. You have to have guts to stand by it. ‘Oh no, I don’t like it that much,’ you will. You go to the studio, ‘oh that is too rigid,’ stay true. That is the most challenging but gratifying. The producer guides the project, he has a vision plan, every instrument, every keyboard has to be in sync with it and it ends up being like a Marc Anthony record. It’s like I have my own sound.”
In addition, he is also a philanthropist where he is founder of the Maestro Cares Foundation along with Henry Cardenas. They have numerous fundraiser functions which includes volunteers at some concerts.
“I went to visit an orphanage in Romana, Santo Domingo with my team during Christmas. I met the children and my life changed forever. I decided at that moment to build an orphanage. We are finishing it. It has a clinic, baseball field, a trade school, more than 80 beds. It’s like a campus. Later this year is when the kids will be able to live in it. I’m really proud of it.”
Marc Anthony besides his promotional obligations is also getting ready for his Vivir Mi Vida world tour which starts August 6 in Colombia and finishes the latter part of December in Australia where he’ll be visiting for the first time. His tour also includes the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. He is ready to get on stage again to give his all as he has always done.
“There are a lot of Latinos in Australia. I googled it. My tour will include a lot of new stuff – lights, sound, stage. It’s incredible. I can say that I have been extremely lucky. I get on the stage and I give all of me but it’s not mine. The show belongs to the people and I realized that just recently. I have concentrated in doing live shows. I have been so lucky. To have that as my personal story it is all in here and nobody can take that away from me. It’s where I feel most safe – the stage.”
And the Spanish album is finally done, now he is finishing his English album.
“I have been recording with RedOne for a year and a half. He is the most amazing producer out there now. He is the one that produced Lady Gaga’s first album. He has worked with everybody through YouTube, you name it and he’s done it. We have been working on this project for a year and a half. We have all the music. I am about to go into the studio to finish the vocals. And it’s one of those things that I will be talking about within six months’ time. By far, this will be the most musical year of my career that is how I wanted it to be.”
Marc Anthony wants the same support in return on his next release.
“After so many years of a career one feels so much different releasing a CD after 10 years – choose songs, guide it and to be accepted like this – a number one song. What do I need? That for the next one I feel the same exact way I feel today for this one. I can say I am super, super proud of the work we have done.”
It is very obvious Marc is not fond of any recognition.
“It’s recognition of source. I still have so much more to do; I’m not even close, that is how I honestly feel. You get a lifetime achievement award and I’m like I am still around. I am only 44-years-old; give it to me when I’m 80. I really don’t get that. I work like I’m just starting.”
With more than twenty years as a singer, the salsero sensation of the year Marc Anthony concludes with how he wants to be remembered.
“I would like not because of my music but for the person that I am day to day to live my life. A person in a very interesting way that has no interests. When I give myself to something it’s a hundred percent, it’s so pure. You have to fight to keep it pure. You have to fight, you have to fight all these influences and I made it through that. And I’m more proud than that than anything else. Be decent, be a decent man, be a decent son, it’s that. It’s so easy to get lost along the way and when you look back almost 22 years, I didn’t get lost. That’s what I am most proud of. My music is the result of me being that kind of person.”
Read the first part by clicking ===>Marc Anthony talks about his latest release single and ‘Marc Anthony 3.0’ album.
Listen to “La Copa Rota” by clicking ===>“La Copa Rota.”
Have you heard “Marc Anthony’s 3.0” CD? What do you think? Which is your favorite song(s)?
To purchase or view “Marc Anthony 3.0” click ===>iTunes or purchase at your local store.
For tour information click ===>Marc Anthony 2013 tour.
For Marc Anthony’s foundation information click ===>Maestro Cares Foundation.
Watch Marc Anthony’s Billboard Latin Music Award show performance by clicking ===>“Vivir Mi Vida.”
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