A couple weeks ago, I published the first in a series of three posts about the coaches of La Voz: Teen (The Voice: Teen) about the group ChocQuibTown, the group I was already most familiar with. Today comes the second in the series, which will focus on Andrés Cepeda. Cepeda started out in the 90’s in a band with some friends from his youth. After 8 years together, they broke up and Cepeda continued his musical career as a solo artist – a very successful one.
Cepeda’s website claims that he is a “singer to big band rhythms,” which I suppose could be true in Colombian musical terms. He does strike me as someone in the same vein as Bublé, in that they both have very classical voices and have a lot of ballads backed by full bands. Here’s a jam from his first solo album.
One thing that I find really interesting in looking into Andrés Cepeda’s work is that in the early days, his songs had definite Latin rhythms. Now on his official YouTube page, he has videos singing some of those older songs live, but they are done much more universally-poppy and drop some of that Latin sound. Why?! I personally think the instrumentation in the original versions makes the songs much more interesting than how he’s performing them these days.
In 2012, Cepeda’s album Lo Mejor Que Hay En Mi Vida received the most recognition, earning 4 Latin Grammy nominations; it won for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. The following track, the most upbeat one that I found in my research today, is from that album.
Finally, so that I don’t leave you wondering what Cepeda’s hair looks like these days, here’s a single from his most recent album, released in 2015.