On Sept. 24, Andres Cepeda was relaxing at home after a string of concerts. He was tired and completely out of the loop with the Latin Recording Academy and its nominations announcement for the 2019 Latin Grammys. It was Twitter, however, that broke the news to him that he was a two-time nominee this year.
“I was tired and I had totally forgotten about the nominations,” he tells Billboard. “I realized I was nominated when I saw Twitter and people were tagging me. I was really happy.”
Cepeda, who’s a Colombian singer-songwriter, is nominated for best traditional tropical album for his Andres Cepeda Big Band (En Vivo) and for best tropical song as a songwriter of Jorge Luis Piloto’s “Vivir es Complicado.”
Though he’s excited about his nods, Cepeda says taking home best traditional tropical album would especially hit home. “It’s a recollection of old boleros. I didn’t have any commercial intention with this album as it’s a very personal project. It’s something wonderful,” he says.
Prior to his noms, the Bogota-based crooner dropped his first-ever collaboration with Jesse & Joy called “Infinito,” a song about an unconditional love that’s infinite. “I really like their music and I’m in love with Joy’s voice,” he says of their collab.
“Tommy Torres, a friend we have in common, talked to me about them and I decided to invite them to the song. They are very loving people. We took the time to write the song and record the video. Not always is there chemistry, but with them, it happened.”
In the midst of an eventful year, Cepeda continues making the rounds with his Cepeda En Tablas, Más Canciones Que Contar tourin Colombia. Joined by his band, dancers, a gospel chorus and actors, the tour fuses live music with theater, and monologues by Cepeda. After 42 shows in Bogota, where 52,000 fans assisted, Cepeda en Tablas continues on October 24, 25, 26 and November 1, 2, 3 at Teatro Metropolitano in Medellin.
He also promises new music for his fans, revealing that his album Trece will be released in 2020 in addition to a project he’s preparing with Fonseca. “It’s called ‘Si Compadres.’ We’re working on an EP with a couple of new joint songs,” he notes.
As for the big Latin Grammy night taking place on Nov. 14 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, Cepeda says he’s more than ready. “I’m a ‘live in the moment’ kind of guy,” he says. “I think preparing an acceptance speech beforehand is bad luck. I already know who I should give thanks to, but I think one should not anticipate something that has not happened yet.”