Santana lead vocalist Andy Vargas to release debut solo single on March 15 ahead of 'Supernatural Now' tour
The 'Supernatural Now' tour with the Doobie Brothers begins June 22, with includes headlining dates at the Hollywood Bowl on June 24
Andy Vargas struck world-wide fame over a decade ago when he became the lead singer for the iconic rock band Santana. Twenty world tours later, Vargas is stepping out on his own with an up-tempo, soul-rock, Spanish-language single, 'El Beat', dropping March 15 and 'The Beat', the English-language version on March 29 on Hip Spanic & Souleros Records.
'El Beat' showcases Vargas’s and Souleros’ brand of soul music influenced by funk and R&B and will be dropped in conjunction with four Mexico concerts in Mexico City, Puebla, Guadalajara and Monterrey (3/17-3/23) on Santana’s current 'Global Consciousness' tour, including March 17 at the Vive Latino Festival in Mexico City.
“It is such a privilege to be recognized by the world as the voice for the legendary Santana. For many years, I have performed alongside of my mentor Carlos who has always taught me to reach greater lengths in my career. I have learned so much about music through world cultures and have been influenced by world class artists I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with over the years. It’s an honor to now showcase my own music, which I consider to be the sound of the ‘New Chicano Soul', alongside my band Souleros,” said Vargas.
This year will be an exciting and action-packed one for Vargas. In addition to releasing 'El Beat' and 'The Beat' singles and his full-length debut album, Vargas will be touring with Santana starting March 13 in Houston. The group will embark upon a worldwide tour in celebration of 50 years of Santana’s music and the 50th anniversary of his Woodstock performance, as well as the 20-year anniversary of the ‘Supernatural’ album.
The 'Supernatural Now' tour with the Doobie Brothers begins June 22, with includes headlining dates at the Hollywood Bowl on June 24 and a series of New York area dates in late August. Vargas is also the featured vocalist on the new Santana single 'Do You Remember Me', featured on the just-released album 'In Search of Mona Lisa' (Concord Records).
Andy Vargas and his band Souleros will release their debut solo album in August, preceded by several singles (including a guest appearance from Carlos Santana on a new version of 'Oye Como Va').