NBC Latino had a chance to chat with Emilio Estefan at a New York City event, and found out the power couple has been very busy since producing their last dance album, “Miss Little Havana.”
Emilio whipped out his iPhone nonchalantly as if he were chatting with an old friend, and proudly displayed photos of his wife, acclaimed singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan.
“My wife was just at the White House,” says Emilio, with a warm smile.
Gloria Estefan was one of six musicians invited to sing at the White House in honor of Carole King, who was presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and was called a “living legend” by President Obama, according to The Associated Press. Gloria Estefan, along with Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood, performed for King, and the special aired on PBS this week.
But what got Emilio really excited was mentioning that his “do-it-all” singer wife will soon release her jazz-inspired album “The Standards” — a project which has been a dream of hers and has been years in the making. It is finally slated to release on September 10, 2013.
Gloria says she grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Henry Mancini, and this is her chance to delve into her jazzy self. One of the songs on her 13-track bilingual album she’s especially excited about is a 1920’s tango by Buenos-Aires-born Carlos Gardel, called “El Dia Que Me Quieras” (“The Day You Say You Love Me”). This Latin American classic has been sung in Spanish by many performers, including Luis Miguel.
“I’ve written it in English, and I think it’s going to be a killer wedding song,” Gloria told The Hollywood Reporter. “Hopefully it will become a wedding song for people who speak English that have never heard it in Spanish. It was our wedding song 34 years ago.”
She said in a statement that she waited until now to do a standards album to get “enough life under my belt…since there are so many torch songs requiring life experience to deliver them with proper credibility.”
Gloria is also working with her 19-Grammy-Award-winning producer husband, Emilio, on the script for a Broadway musical based on their life story.
Sixty-year-old Emilio has been busy traveling the U.S. as an Ambassador for AARP’s new brand, Life Reimagined — a site which encourages those in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s to reinvent themselves as they age.
“To be married 34 years, you have to reinvent yourself everyday of your life,” he says laughing.