By Rudy Pérez
After my first album got here out with RCA in 1984, the primary single to go to radio was “It’s a Lie.” To advertise the document, I used to be despatched to Mexico to carry out on one of many largest TV selection exhibits within the nation, Siempre en Domingo (At all times on Sunday). After my efficiency, the host of the present, Raúl Velasco, got here as much as me and stated, “Rudy, we loved your performance. We are taking several artists on a promotional tour of Mexico and the U.S., including Puerto Rico, for six weeks, and we want you to go.” The invitation was an honor and an incredible alternative, so I agreed.
Sooner or later on the tour, whereas in Puerto Rico, I got here out of the elevator of our lodge. A high-end salon with massive glass home windows was proper throughout the corridor. I couldn’t imagine my eyes. Seated in a chair, getting a manicure, was my musical hero, José Feliciano, surrounded by an entourage of males.
José was a global celebrity with primary hits in a number of nations and an American TV present. He was a daily artist on exhibits like Don Kirshner’s Rock Live performance and The Midnight Particular. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York, José is blind and had gone from acting on the streets for tricks to being a worldwide phenomenon after being signed by RCA. For years, he had been my inspiration. If there was anybody within the music enterprise that I wished to sample my profession after, it was José.
I stood there, frozen, gazing him by way of the glass. Lastly, I gathered up all my braveness, walked into the salon, made my means by way of the boys standing round him, and began speaking. “Mr. Feliciano, I am your biggest fan. I love your music and have watched you your entire career. I want to follow in your footsteps.”
He smiled and graciously requested my title. Once I informed him, he stated, “Oh yeah, Rudy Pérez! I know who you are! You have a new record out on RCA. When I was in New York, they played me some of your tracks. I love your songs. . . . Hey, I’m about done here. Let’s go up to my suite and talk. I want you to play me some of your work.”
Even in my wildest desires, with my creativeness working at full pace, I might by no means have provide you with what really occurred in that second. Listening to José say that he knew who I used to be, had heard my songs, liked them, and wished to listen to extra was so surreal. One of many males with José was a widely known Latino songwriter I acknowledged. He checked out me, smiled, and gave a thumbs-up.
Within the lodge suite, José handed me a guitar, and I started to play him my authentic songs. Tune after tune, he stored telling the boys with him, “I want to record that on my next album!” After discovering out, through the course of the dialog, that I might produce, engineer, and blend, José stated to his supervisor, “I want Rudy to produce my next album! He’s young and has great, fresh ideas. This is just what I need for my new project.”
The supervisor somberly shook his head. “José, I’m sorry, but it’s too late. The label already has a producer hired, and we’ve signed the contract.”
José shot again, “If you can’t see that Rudy is the right man for the job to produce my next album, then you, sir, are the only blind man in the room!”
Everybody was surprised. You can have heard a pin drop. José then continued, “Tell the label to buy out the other producer from the deal. Rudy Pérez is going to produce my next album!”
Now right here’s the actually loopy a part of the story. The tune that first acquired José’s consideration when the RCA guys performed him my mission was as soon as once more the primary love tune I had written as an adolescent. Sure, right here it was once more, the tune I wrote after my pet love heartbreak. The explanation he liked the tune a lot was the type of how I organized and produced—an American pop tune with Spanish lyrics. I noticed that the day the studio house owners performed me their model of the tune, had I not put my foot down and insisted they permit me to supply the tune my means, José by no means would have paid any consideration to it.
My heartbreak, the purpose I believed my younger life was over, turned the inspiration for the tune that José liked, 9 years later. Insisting I do the tune in my very own type supplied the hook that drew him in. This proves that the crossroads moments, the ache we endure, the moments we arise, the instances we converse up, the factors in life after we exert our religion—these all matter. Whereas we could not see it within the second, the fruit will certainly come. What could seem to be insignificant occasions or unusual plot twists in life, when positioned within the arms of God, can turn into life-changing turning factors. I like the gorgeous, poetic lyrics of King David in Psalm 33:20–22: “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”
Tailored from The Latin Hit Maker: My Journey from Cuban Refugee to World-Famend File Producer and Songwriter by Rudy Pérez. Click on right here to be taught extra about this title, additionally accessible in Spanish.
For the primary time, music legend Rudy Pérez shares his exceptional journey from a poor refugee child in Miami to composing the best hit songs on the world stage. Named probably the most profitable Latin songwriter in historical past, Rudy Pérez is the creator behind a number of the bestselling information of Beyoncé, Julio Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, and IL Divo.
In his one-of-a-kind memoir, Rudy tells about his childhood in Cuba and the heart-gripping visits to his father in jail through the peak of the communist revolution. Tracing his household’s perilous escape on one of many final Freedom Flights to America, Rudy opens up in regards to the years of poverty and rising up in a crime-ridden neighborhood. These recollections distinction with tender moments of dancing to the stereo together with his siblings, nodding alongside to his mom’s classical favorites, and swaying to blues melodies together with his father. At a younger age, Rudy tried his hand at recreating the music he liked, and his expertise led him to an unprecedented profession with over 300 hit songs.
With years of laborious work, ceaseless creativity, and a robust religion, Rudy was the primary Latin music artist to win Billboard Producer of the Decade. Trying again over his five-time Grammy successful legacy, Rudy shares little-known tales of religion and behind-the-scenes particulars of working with stars like Fergie, Jaci Velasquez, Michael Bolton, Simon Cowell, and Sam Moore.
A must-read for each music lover, The Latin Hit Maker is a real rags-to-riches story stuffed with inspiration, fascinating particulars, and a strong reminder of God’s grace and reworking creativity.
Rudy Pérez is a multi Grammy-Award successful worldwide songwriter, producer, arranger, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has composed over a thousand songs with lots of of them changing into #1’s or prime ten hits. He has written and produced songs for world artists together with Beyonce, Julio Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, IL Divo, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Marc Anthony, Jose Feliciano, Cyndi Lauper, Arturo Sandoval, Andrea Bocelli and plenty of extra. Rudy is the one Latin document Producer to be named Billboards Producer of the Decade. He sits on the Board of ASCAP and has received Songwriter of the yr at the least 5 instances. He’s the founding father of the Latin Grammys and the Latin Songwriters Corridor of Fame. He and his spouse Betsy reside in Miami.