He’s known for penning the lyrics to his hit singles like “La Camisa Negra,” “A Dios le Pido” and “Mala Gente”… And, now Juanes is hoping to write a memorable memoir.
The 40-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter will be releasing his first book, Chasing the Sun, on April 2, in which he opens up about some of the more intimate aspects of his life that influenced him as a musician and as a person, said publisher Celebra Books.
“My profession is not writing books, far from it,” says Juanes in a statement. “I felt that if I did it, it was really so you would know the truth about who I am, who is behind the songs and concerts you hear. Why I make the music I do and why I think the way I think.”
Juanes, the recent winner of two Latin Grammys for his latest album MTV Unplugged, said that this work was done out of “pure friendship” and is meant to thank the people who’ve supported him through the years since his musical career began.
“In Chasing the Sun, Juanes goes beyond music and speaks for the first time about the profound experiences that have shaped him as an artist and as a person,” said Raymond Garcia, editor of the publishing house.
Juanes, who has sold more than 16 million discs worldwide, writes about his first musical influences, the creation and breaking up of his first band Ekhymosis with which he spent 12 years, as well has his first steps and eventual success as a solo artist.
The book, to be launched simultaneously in English and Spanish, will also contain unpublished personal photos of Juanes.
In this work, Juanes also talks about growing up in Medellin, the pain his father’s death caused him, how he fell in love with his wife and the birth of their three children.