Gloria Estefan and Sony Music Entertainment announced on Wednesday that they would re-team for the former Miami Sound Machine front-woman’s next album.
The announcement came in a joint press release in which Estefan revealed her album to be The Standards, featuring her unique interpretations of classic hits like “The Way You Look Tonight” and “El Dia Que Me Quieras.”
“I’m excited to join again with Sony, who I have happily worked with for over 30 years,”Estefan said in a statement. “The Standards, a project which has been a lifelong dream, will be the first of many more to come with my Sony family.”
The album will be a trip down memory lane for Estefan and her audience in more ways than one.
For those who remember her 1985 appearance on The Tonight Show — don’t worry, we don’t either — she will be revisiting “Good Morning Heartache,” a 67-year-old single written by Irene Higginbotham, Ervin Drake, and Dan Fisher.
The Gloria Estefan version of “El Dia,” a Carlos Gardel tango song, will be in the English language. Entitled “The Day You Say You Love Me,” according to the press release, it is the only translation ever authorized by the Gardel estate and was Estefan’s wedding song.
It’s easy to see why that song, in particular, would be special for the Cuban-born pop princess.
Her marriage to Miami Sound Machine band leader Emilio Estefan in 1978 has lasted for close to 35 years and on June 21, 2012, the pair became first-time grandparents, according to Fox News Latino.
If you haven’t been following the career of Gloria Estefan since the 1990s — easily the height of her fame — then you probably think this Estefan-Sony reunion is a major comeback for the singer.
However, the years, and a near-fatal bus accident, have not slowed her down.
Estefan has continued to release albums to a strong niche following with the latest coming in 2012, and just last month, she announced plans for a Broadway musical based on her rise to fame.
A full track listing for The Standards was not provided, but the album should drop in the fall of this year. Will you be picking up the re-teaming of Gloria Estefan and Sony?
In case you need a refresher on Estefan, we’ve got the classic “Bad Boy” as a reminder.