(L-R): Drummer Robin Lopez, guitarist Chris Perez, manager Pete Salgado and vocalist Angel Ferrer take some time to mingle after the Chris Perez Project showcase at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on May 12. The band performed for about an hour as part of the LéaLA book festival presented by Fundación Universidad de Guadalajara (Photo: Justino Aguila)
Grammy award-winning Chris Perez performed new music at the Grammy Museum and spoke about his plans for the future during a showcase attended by industry execs and fans who won tickets to see his intimate show.
Performing in the Clive Davis Theater, the Chris Perez Project (formerly the Chris Perez Band) played some familiar music such as "Best As I Can," but also shared new music from an upcoming album.
For Perez, it was a night to see the reaction of his fans and industry vets alike from his manager Pete Salgado to music producers Lisa "Kool-Aid" Rios and husband Edward "E-Dub" Rios of Silent Giant Entertainment who recently worked with Perez on the "Filly Brown" soundtrack, scheduled for release in the fall. The film stars Jenni Rivera and Edward James Olmos.
"I can practice all that time in a garage," Perez said, "but one live show is worth a thousands rehearsals."
Members of the Chris Perez Project (formerly the Chris Perez Band) introduced new songs from an album that's in the works. Chris Perez, right, said that he's hoping to release an album later this year. Vocalist Angel Ferrer, left, led the band at the Grammy Museum as fans screamed at the top of their lungs asking for more music. (Photo: Justino Aguila)
If the showcase was any indication, Perez has a loyal group of fans who have been following his career for years and want more. Earlier in the day before the Grammy Museum show, hundreds of fans waited in line to get a copy of Perez's biography, "To Selena, with Love" ( Celebra), which chronicles the couple's years together from the moment they met through the 1995 death of the singer.
For fan Hilda Ramirez, 42, the excitement of meeting Perez could be heard throughout the theater as she screamed his name and eventually got up to hug him after the set.
"Chris has always been very accessible to his fans," Ramirez, a nurse, said. "He responds to his fans on Facebook and Twitter. He's very cool like that. I love his music."
Perez won a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album with a group he founded. Years earlier he was a guitarist with Selena, who has sold more than 10 million albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Now Perez has his goals set on introducing new music later this year with band members Angel Ferrer (vocalist) and Robin Lopez (guitarist). Although the music the band played at the Grammy Museum was inspired by Perez's love for rock, he also wants to experiment with various sounds.
Chris Perez took some time to thank his fans at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A. and took questions from fans who wanted to know about his music, projects and Selena. (Photo: Justino Aguila)
"I went to Miami recently and worked with [producer] George Noriega who has worked with Shakira, Ricky Martin and Roby Rosa," Perez said. "All our songs are inspired by my life."
During his time in Los Angeles, Perez also took some meetings with labels, he said.
"We are a little different in that our style [of music] you cannot pin down," Perez said. "We have the rock stuff, the ballad stuff and we've also got some dark sounding material which I'm a huge fan of. And it's kind of hard for labels to put their thumb on. I want to be given the chance to explore everything."