ole Signs José Feliciano to Record Puerto Rican Anthems in Support of the Flamboyan Arts Fund
TORONTO, ON - January 14, 2019, ole, one of the world’s premier music and entertainment companies, is pleased to announce that it has concluded a worldwide deal with international superstar, José Feliciano, to record the national anthem of Puerto Rico, “La Borinqueña”, and “En Mi Viejo San Juan” (In My Old San Juan), considered by many Puerto Ricans to be the country’s second national anthem. The deal consists of the exclusive worldwide rights to both master recordings which will be released through ole’s label group on Anthem Records.
Twenty percent of ole’s proceeds from these recordings 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.
ole’s Chief Executive Officer, Helen Murphy, commented, “José Feliciano is a global music icon. While it is impossible to summarize his career and contribution to music in a few words, he has been a hit maker across the world for over five decades and he continues to trail blaze. I am thrilled to be recording these songs with José and I know that making this music, at this time, conveys a heartfelt message from José to the people of Puerto Rico. We are very proud to have José signed to ole and we hope that the recordings will help raise awareness and funds for the rebuilding of Puerto Rico.”
Said Feliciano, “Throughout my life, creating and performing music has comforted me and has provided joy to my fans worldwide. This is a significant opportunity for me to contribute to the enhancement of the arts in Puerto Rico. I am grateful to ole for their passion and support.”
On Tuesday, January 15, Feliciano will perform “En Mi Viejo San Juan” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where he will be joined by award-winning Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, Ozuna. Broadcast from Puerto Rico, the show will also feature guests Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bad Bunny, and Chef/Activist, Jose Andres, and will highlight the islands’ culture as well as the restoration it still faces.
José Feliciano is a nine-time Grammy and Lifetime Achievement Award-winning Puerto Rican-born musician, singer and composer. He is known for many international hits, including his rendition of The Doors’ “Light My Fire”, “Che Sarà”, “La Copa Rota”, “Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?”, and one of the best-selling Christmas songs of all time, “Feliz Navidad”. In 1968, Feliciano stirred national controversy and made history as the first artist ever to stylize the US national anthem. His soulful recording of the “Star Spangled Banner” became the first version of the anthem to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. For more information visit: www.JoseFeliciano.com