GLOBAL ICON JOSÈ FELICIANO INDUCTED AS A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE BY THE NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE INC.
FELICIANO SET TO RELEASE PUERTO RICO’S NATIONAL ANTHEM “LA BORINQUEÑA” AND “EN MI VIEJO SAN JUAN” ON JUNE 7 WITH TWE
24 MAY 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - In celebration of his Lifetime Achievement Award received from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc., and new label deal with Anthem Records, José Feliciano announces the upcoming release of Puerto Rico’s National anthem “La Borinqueña”, and what is considered by many Puerto Ricans to be the country’s second national anthem, “En Mi Viejo San Juan”. Produced by longtime friend and collaborator, Rick Jarrard, Feliciano’s recordings of “La Borinqueña”, and “En Mi Viejo San Juan” are set for release on June 7 via Anthem Records.
Twenty percent of Anthem Records’ proceeds from the recordings of “La Borinqueña” and “En Mi Viejo San Juan” will be donated to the Flamboyan Arts Fund - an initiative dedicated to preserving, amplifying, and sustaining the arts in Puerto Rico by supporting all facets of the arts community including: music, theater, visual arts, dance, literature, and youth arts direction. The fund was established as a partnership between Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, Jeffrey Seller (the producer of HAMILTON), and the Flamboyan Foundation.
Feliciano commented: “It is a great honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement award from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and to celebrate this with the upcoming release of ‘La Borinqueña’ and ‘En Mi Viejo San Juan’. Re-recording these songs that are so significant to Puerto Rico and my own history, all while being able to contribute to the enhancement of the arts in Puerto Rico fills me with such gratitude.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Puerto Rican Day Parade honors songwriters who have celebrated and helped shape the repertoire of Puerto Rican music for decades. The NPRDP notes Feliciano’s impact across the nation’s global culture, with songs like “Feliz Navidad” becoming ranked among the top American holiday classics. The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is the largest demonstration of cultural pride in the nation in honor of the 3.5 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and over 5 million people residing in the United States. José Feliciano is set to open the 61st National Puerto Rican Day Parade with a performance of “Star Spangled Banner” live from New York City on 5th Avenue. Watch Feliciano’s performance and the parade Sunday June 9 on ABC7 and ABC7NY.com from 12:00 to 3:30PM EST.
José Feliciano is a nine-time Grammy and Lifetime Achievement Award-winning Puerto Rican-born musician, singer and composer. He is known for many international hits, including his rendition of The Doors’ “Light My Fire”, “Che Sarà”, “La Copa Rota”, “Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?”, and one of the best-selling Christmas songs of all time, “Feliz Navidad”. In 1968, Feliciano stirred national controversy and made history as the first artist ever to stylize the US national anthem. His soulful recording of the “Star Spangled Banner” became the first version of the anthem to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Feliciano is currently recording a new album set for release later this year with his new label home, Anthem Records. For more information, please visit josefeliciano.com