Gloria Estefan's 'The Standards' to Be Released 9/10
Gloria Estefan, Sony Masterworks
Sony Masterworks releases Gloria Estefan's The Standards on September 10, 2013. Celebrating great tunes from the American Songbook, The Standards reaches out to Estefan's global fan base via international song classics sung in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French, some with new lyrics written by Estefan herself. The album also features collaborations with world class, award-winning artists like singer songwriter Laura Pausini, violinist Joshua Bell and saxophonist Dave Koz.
In support of the album Estefan will perform songs on Good Morning America, The View, CBS "Second Cup Cafe", Rachael Ray, The Chew, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Talk and Fox & Friends.
The ambitious project has been "on my back burner for a long time," according to Estefan. "I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini and great romance recording artists in Mexico and Cuba," says Havana-born Estefan. "This genre is right up my alley, since music is always a catharsis to me."
Estefan waited until now to do a standards album to get "enough life under my belt," she says, "since there are so many torch songs requiring life experience to deliver them with proper credibility."
Throughout the recording process, Estefan went for "a sexy, romantic and intimate feel" she says. "I wanted to do an album without an extraneous note, with an economy of music so it would be just enough to express the emotion of the song."
Estefan also tried to approach these standards with fresh ideas. "On 'They Can't Take That Away From Me,' for instance, we did it in a completely different way from what anybody's done before, kind of a 6/8, almost Afro-Cuban feel meets the waltz," she says.
For Antonio Carlos Jobim's Brazilian classic "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar," Estefan composed English lyrics for the first-ever English version, "It's You I'll Always Love," and composed Spanish lyrics for "Eu Sei Que Voy Te Amar." She also recorded it in French ("Tu Sais Je Vais T'Aimer"), having studied that language in school. She also composed Spanish lyrics for Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," on which she duets with Laura Pausini in both Spanish & Italian.