Photo: J Balvin and Enrique Iglesias (J Balvin)
Colombia’s J Balvin has received the chance of a lifetime to travel with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull on their next tour of the United States.
“I want to make history,” the 29-year-old singer-songwriter told Efe in an interview. “When I die I want people to say, ‘Wow! What a legacy he left us.’”
He knows he has a long road ahead of him, but he’s excited about setting off on that journey.
On Sept. 12 he goes on tour in the U.S. with the two musicians he so admires.
“This tour means a whole change in status for me,” he said. “It’s like saying goodbye to one stage in my life. It’s the process. You need your schooling. Enrique and Pitbull have been there too. Nightclubs, small discotheques, bigger auditoriums and finally stadiums. They see my hunger to move on.
Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin feels like a different person.
He doesn’t see himself as your typical star. He considers himself a healthy person “without vices.” Urban music is his banner, but he steers clear of the reggaeton with offensive lyrics that sometimes floods the category, and does everything to make it all more “elegant.”
“I learned from the mistakes and criticism when the category began in Colombia; I didn’t dodge that headache. My music is sexy and sensual, but it isn’t vulgar. Parents can share the music with their kids and it’s beautiful,” he said.
Success came with his first disc, “La Familia,” which features such singles as “Yo Te Dije,” “Tranquila,” “Sola,” and “6 AM.”