Charlie Zaa to Release Joan Sebastian Tribute This Fall

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Charlie Zaa performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on February 28, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. 

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When Colombian crooner Charlie Zaa started working on his new album over a year ago, he had no idea that Mexican star Joan Sebastian would die within that time.

Now, Zaa’s new album, Mi Mejor Regalo (My Best Gift), a tribute to Sebastian, will come out this Fall on Sony Music following Sebastian’s death in July.

The timing is bitter sweet, considering that the notion of covering Sebastian made perfect sense for Zaa, who back in 1996 catapulted to fame by covering the music of bolero singer Julio Jaramillo in the album Sentimientos.

For his first recording in several years, Zaa teamed up with producer Sergio George, and decided Sebastian’s repertoire would also suit him.

Mi mejor regalo was recorded between November and February 2015 and was always envisioned as an homage to Sebastian’s life. It has now turned into a posthumous homage that includes songs like “Secreto de Amor” and “25 rosas,” recorded in a fusion-like bolero style that incorporates bachata percussion, Mexican horns and bolero strings.

A first single, “Un idiota,” went to radio last week. Take a listen!