Francisca Valenzuela is back with new music…
The 32-year-old Chilean-American singer-songwriter has released her highly anticipated fourth album, La Fortaleza.
It had been six years since Valenzuela had released a new album.
“What was I doing these last six years? Good question,” the Chilean singer-songwriter said in a phone interview with Billboard. “Getting my sh– together and making a commitment to music and to art on my own terms.”
The 14-track pop album, which she says “became more of a diary,” explores the ups and downs of life and finding the strength to embark on a journey that will take you from darkness to light. The lyrics also stay true to her commitment to champion femininity and feminism.
The musician and entrepreneur, who founded Ruidosa, a Latinx feminist festival and digital platform that celebrates women “making noise,” says the revolution in Chile had an impact on her personally and musically.
La Fortalezawas ready to be released in 2019 but was postponed and “for all good reason,” she says. “There are other priorities too, and that’s fine.”
In October, the government’s decision to increase subway fares in Chile sparked massive protests that turned deadly and violent.
The protests gave a new meaning to a track on the album titled “Al Final del Mundo” and inspired Francisca to write new songs that she promises will be released eventually.