JOSÉ FELICIANO RELEASES RENDITION OF PUERTO RICAN ANTHEM LA BORINQUEÑA IN CELEBRATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. OUT TODAY & AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL & STREAMING SERVICES
Milestone celebration marks the history and culture of Old San Juan, the oldest city in the United States.
San Juan, PR – (May 6, 2022) – Today Anthem Entertainment, one of the world’s leading independent music and entertainment content and services companies, announced the release of José Feliciano’s rendition of the official anthem of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, La Boriqueña. The release is timed to the 500th year celebration of San Juan, Puerto Rico, marking the five centuries since the city’s revolution against Spain.
“It was important for me to record 'La Borinqueña' in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of San Juan, Puerto Rico,” said Feliciano. “She has been through so much. I am looking forward to returning home on May 15th to the Centro de Bellas Artes where I will be able to share my music with my people. Mi Isla, Puerto Rico, La Borinqueña how I love you!"
“José’s lifelong love affair with his homeland is felt throughout this new recording,” said Anthem CEO Helen Murphy. “Despite his global success and his continued popularity with young audiences, José never misses an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and spirit of the land where he was born and to go back and help the people of Puerto Rico who so badly need our support throughout their hardships.”
Twenty percent of proceeds from this recording will be donated to the Flamboyan Arts Fund, an initiative dedicated to preserving, amplifying, and sustaining the arts in Puerto Rico by supporting all facets of the arts community including: music, theater, visual arts, dance, literature, and youth arts direction. The fund was established as a partnership between Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, Jeffrey Seller (the producer of HAMILTON), and the Flamboyan Foundation.
ABOUT JOSÉ FELICIANO: José Feliciano is a beloved singer/songwriter/guitarist and nine-time GRAMMY Award Winner, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to music. The Puerto Rican-born artist is known for his many international hits, including his rendition of The Doors’ “Light My Fire”, “Che Sarà,” “La Copa Rota,” “Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?,” the theme song “Chico and The Man” from the hit television show, and his rendition of “California Dreamin’” which was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and went on to be one of the most streamed tracks from its soundtrack.
Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” is the #1 bilingual holiday song worldwide and one of the best-selling holiday songs of all time. The evergreen carol was originally recorded with Jose’s renowned producer, Rick Jarrard, in October, 1970 and released one month later in November, 1970 on RCA Records. Forbes declared “Feliz Navidad” as the ‘gift that keeps on giving’ which rang true again in 2020 when it reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Jose’s most recent album, Behind This Guitar, on Anthem Records is also produced by Rick Jarrard. It joins his 60-plus albums in an incredible discography, solidifying José’s revered standing with critics and fans, alike. The Miami Herald noted songs such as “I’m America” 'fits Feliciano as well as any of the hundreds of songs he has recorded',” Guitar Player raved the album “is an energetic and soulful eight-song set,” Billboard commented on its “authentic melodies,” and People Magazine aptly stated in an extensive feature, “once again, he’s in the midst of a resurgence.”
In 2020, Feliciano celebrated the 50-year anniversary of his bilingual hit, “Feliz Navidad,” a milestone occasion that was marked with a global campaign, which celebrated the release of the critically acclaimed “Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary (FN50).” Produced by Grammy award-winning producer, Rudy Pérez, the track featured a wide array of high profile guests including José Feliciano himself, CNCO, Isabela Merced, Shaggy, Jon Secada, Jason Mraz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rachael Ray, Gloria Gaynor, Big & Rich, Michael Bolton, Los Temerarios, Emmanuel, Isabella Castillo, Jencarlos Canela, and many others...
ABOUT ANTHEM ENTERTAINMENT AND ANTHEM RECORDS: Anthem Entertainment is comprised of a music publishing division, recorded music label, production music division, and a leading film and television audio-visual secondary rights (AVSR) services company. They support artists, create content, and provide entertainment services around the world. The recorded music label, Anthem Records, is a diverse and iconic record label representing some of the world’s biggest hitmakers. It is home to an award-winning roster of critically acclaimed and commercially successful artists including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush; nine-time Grammy winner singer, songwriter, and guitarist José Feliciano; Canadian country superstar Gord Bamford; alt-rock group Stuck On Planet Earth, and more.
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