Colombian rock star Juanes has described his “rebirth” following a short break in his stellar career.
The musician, who’s sold more than 15 million albums and won 17 Latin Grammys, said after some time out spent with his family, he felt like a new man.
In an interview with newspaper El Tiempo, he said, “Now I am myself and that is a rebirth. I don’t know if it’s because of my age, my life, my children…but at this moment I feel a strong connection with God, with myself and with my music.”
Juanes decided last May to terminate his professional relationship with his longtime manager and friend Fernan Martinez, amidst rumors of a row over sales of his record “P.A.R.C.E.” Following the split he took a break to dedicate more time to his family and himself.
The singer said, “I took the decision because I didn’t feel comfortable. I needed to be at home with my children, I needed to stop. I was a long way from the center of who I am. It was a moment of important reflection for strengthening my inner world, [to] return with the desire and love that I always had for music.”
Juanes recently signed for new management with Rebeca Leon, VP of Latin Talent for AEG/Golden Voice. Juanes will now be handled by Leon jointly with Randy Phillips as part of AEG’s management arm.
He’s currently rehearsing for an MTV Unplugged album to be recorded in Miami Beach, Florida in February.