Julissa

Corazón Latino

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In the follow-up to her debut record Regresara por Mi, Julissa fans will see in the full light of day what was previously only hinted at, and the title says it all. Corazón Latino presents Julissa as an artist fully committed to the gospel message, fully Christiana and fully Latina. The tracks on this 2003 release represent the stylistically diverse Latino experience, including merengue, salsa, ranchera, bolero and flamenco. These multinational elements create an engaging, constantly shifting backdrop for Julissa's silky, confident vocal stylings. In an industry where artistic individuality can be more of a liability than an asset, Julissa and producer Mike Rivera are to be commended for developing such a distinctive personality. Many Latino artists recording Christian music go to great lengths to sound as North American as possible, leaving only their language as a nod to their heritage. Corazón Latino sends the strong and much needed message that the Christian experience, and the desire to express it through music, belongs to everyone. With top quality production and musical excellence to rival any other release of the year, Corazón Latino is a record we'll be listening to for quite some time.

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