Cristian Castro Shares His Best Memories With Juan Gabriel & New Tribute Album

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Cristian Castro is seen on the set of 'Despierta America' at Univision Studios on March 1, 2017 in Miami.

After the death of Juan Gabriel, many artists paid tribute. But for Cristian Castro the tribute goes beyond simply singing Juan Gabriel hits.

His new album, Mi Tributo a Juan Gabriel, is a production that compiles great interpretations from a legend that Cristian Castro calls "the best singer of the 20th and 21st century."

To learn more details of his tribute to the greatest idol in Mexico, Castro opened up to Billboard about his memories with Juan Gabriel, how both superstars almost lost their life in an accident, the process to make the album and more.

What made you pay tribute to Juan Gabriel?

I was always an admirer of Juan Gabriel. Thanks to him I understood many things. I understood the magic of the woman and to be grateful. He is the best singer of the 20th century and up to the 21st. Thanks to my grandmother, I love Juan Gabriel so much. He is the composer and singer that most unites and moves us. He means the happiest days of my life with her.

How was the process of choosing the songs among so many that Juan Gabriel has?

The process of choosing the songs was one that I thought about a lot. I did not want to keep repeating what everyone had already done. It was a very personal search. And also, I had to work the copyright part with his son Juan Aguilera, to whom I thank very much for allowing me to have the songs.

What is the best advice that Juan Gabriel ever gave you?

There was an occasion when I almost lost my life with Juan Gabriel. We were in his car and we almost fell into an abyss. What saved us was that we crashed into a fence. He looked at me and said, "You do not have to be afraid of death, because we simply have a better life."

Finally, do you have plans to go on tour with this album?

Yes, by 2019, I will start in Mexico and then I want to go to the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.

Listen the album here:

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