Carlos Alberto, the Venezuelan singer-songwriter is expected to release his debut album, Vale La Pena, and his single, Me Quedan Ganas, in October 2016. His sound explores the genres of pop rock, ballads, and bachata.Those working on his anticipated LP include GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Carlomagno Araya (Ruben Blades’ Best World Album), Guitarist Camilo Velandia (Jennifer Lopez, Daddy Yankee), Percussionist Humberto Ibarra (Shakira) and Gabriel Saez (Chanyanne) on keyboards. His English-language single titled It’s Worth It, is currently out on iTunes.
Carlos Alberto’s album, Vale La Pena, consists of love songs ranging from pop rock (Vale La Pena),to bachata (Regalame Un Adios), and even gives a nod to his homeland with traditional Venezuelan influences in Dicen Por Hay. A wide array of musical instruments is employed (from the accordion, to the trumpet, to the ukulele), resulting in a multi-layered and well-balanced album. His single, Me Quedan Ganas, is a catchy ballad that portrays a relationship reaching its end, and is based on an “unhealthy” relationship Carlos Alberto once had.
Carlos Alberto immigrated to the states at the age of 17 to pursue his musical career. Speaking very little English, he was hired as an Arby’s Restaurant cook where his limited English would not be a problem. Years later, his perseverance has paid off as he has transitioned from a restaurant employee to recording a full LP with some of the most respected music producers and musicians in the industry.
While Carlos Alberto’s career accomplishments are impressive, his most important role is being a humanitarian. He has donated proceeds from his concerts to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and works closely with youth services and programs that provide aid to immigrants. He’d like to inspire other immigrants to pursue their dreams and know they can be realized through hard work.
Carlomagno Araya said of Carlos Alberto, “he always comes into the studio with a new song full of catchy melodies and never stops surprising me.”