Abreme la Puerta

Songwriter Erika Ender has made a name for herself by penning hits for others. On this, her solo debut, she hooks up with fellow producers and musicians for an album that sounds like a gathering of fr

Songwriter Erika Ender has made a name for herself by penning hits for others. On this, her solo debut, she hooks up with fellow producers and musicians for an album that sounds like a gathering of friends. "Abreme la Puerta" touches on cumbia and vallenato ("Conmigo"), Brazilian samba ("Con Tal de Que No Te Vayas") and pop ("Luna Nueva"). Ender is not the first established songwriter to search for her own voice, and like others before her, her material is, and sounds, intimate. It also has personality and cleverly blends Brazilian and Panamanian roots. But it is most definitely commercial, for Ender knows how to pen the right hooks and choruses. The question is: Will radio take to something organically beautiful and not overproduced? Our fingers are crossed.—LC