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Jay Perez CD: 'feeding off live audience energy'; Grammy nom

By RAMIRO BURR
Singer Jay Perez says he feeds off the energy of his live audience that magic is captured on his latest CD “All the way Live!”

“To me it is always important to have a crowd by the stage. I would rather have an intimate club because you feed off that energy,” Perez said. “You sing songs out loud

you can feel them, they are right in the front. That’s the energy we artists get. I would rather have it that way then people just sitting down and not giving any feedback.”

Perez is up for a 2009 Latin Grammy for his latest CD “All the way Live!” Other nominees in the same category include Avizo, “Recordando Josefa,”; Jimmy Gonzalez, “The Legend Continues...La Continuación,”; Grupo Vida, “Generations,”; Joel Guzman, “Conjuntazzo,” Jaime Y Los Chamacos, “Freedom Tour 2008.”

Perez will be attending the Latin Grammys on Thursday, Nov. 5 which will be broadcast live from the Mandalay Hotel in Las Vegas.

On the CD Perez included special guests Jimmy Edward and Shelly Lares.

“Jimmy was one of first singers that I ever heard with a very powerful voice. I never heard anyone in this industry sing with such power,” Perez said. “I saw what he did with the mic. It’s only right to invite him and be part of this project because to me it’s a personal thing and to have one of the best and greatest was definitely an honor.

“And Shelly of course she is my homegirl. I’ve known Shelly since she was chiquita. I got two of the best singers in San Antonio to come up. The two most noticeable singers in San Antonio are those two right there.”

Perez's strength as a performer has been his live shows and that magic is captured on his “All the way Live!”

The 13-track “All the way live!” CD included most of his hits such as “Ven A Mi,” “Son Tus Miradas,” and “Que Metida De Pata.” Perez recorded this live set at the 2008 Tejano National Convention in Dallas. Massive horn power elevates the Jimmy Edward melody into must-hear status. The classics include “Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros,” “Mala Cabeza,” and Tejano’s No. 2 national anthem, “El Tejano Enamorado.” Like David Marez, Perez has always been a serious fan of R&B, exemplified here by his smooth interpretation of Tower of Power’s “You’re Still A Young Man.” Essential CD for any Tejano collection.

Perez’s love of mixing R&B into his music is no secret.

“That is all I listened to when I was a kid. I was listening to Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder,” Perez said in a recent interview. “My mom had albums in the house, they were all R&B artists. I got my first start by listening to those artists, And that’s all I knew.”

Perez said his later music heroes include Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Tower of Power.

“Well, many of these came later, I didn’t know them. James Brown I didn’t know until I was 16 or 17 years old. Tower of Power I didn’t know who they were until maybe my mid-20’s.”

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Jay Pérez: from humble roots to the stage
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