Lunay tours Spain as rising star of urban music

Photo of 18-year-old Puerto Rican singer Lunay, who, guided by two highly successful musical producers, Chris Jeday and Gaby Music, has kicked off a tour of Spain on his way to becoming an international star of Latin urban music. EFE-EPA/The Wall Group/File

San Juan, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Puerto Rican singer Lunay, guided by two highly successful musical producers, Chris Jeday and Gaby Music, has kicked off a tour of Spain on his way to becoming an international star of Latin urban music.

The 18-year-old Lunay told EFE it was thanks to his number “A Solas” that he began to win followers all over the world and got him the chance to make his first international tour.

“All the songs were pretty much hits, but ‘A Solas’ was the one that opened doors for me,” said Lunay, born Jefnier Osorio.

“A Solas” and its remix are nominated for National Song of the Year and Remix of the Year, respectively, in the first edition of the Latin Urban Music Awards, to be handed out this Thursday in the Puerto Rico Coliseum.

Lunay said that he first got interested in music when he was 12.

By means of the improvs he recorded on the Soundcloud and YouTube platforms, he managed to get Chris Jeday and Gaby Music interested in him.

“Apart from his talent, he has something very special, the star quality we’ve been lacking in Puerto Rico. We wanted an artist that not only could do reggaeton, but that would be an international star, and that’s the way we want to take him,” Chris Jeday told EFE.

“We don’t want to box him into a single genre, and he has all that’s needed to get to the top. He has two super important people behind him and if we stay focused, there’s no doubt we’ll harvest a lot of success,” he said.

The producer, 29, and his production partner have had success with other urban artists, like Daddy Yankee, Wisin & Yandel, Ozuna, Arcangel and Anuel AA.

Meanwhile, the production support for Lunay was what helped him undertake on March 14 his first international tour with a show at the Shoko Barcelona club.

Later, on March 15, he performed at the Flamingo Sala Club in Jerez, and that same day at the Mosaic Music club in Estepona, both to full houses.

The next day he appeared at the Ultra Club Millennium in Girona, an on Monday at the Shoko Madrid.

The tour will take Lunay to Bilbao, Benidorm, Granada, Seville, Malaga and Las Palmas in the Canary Islands before a return to Barcelona on March 31.

He told EFE that he considers himself an “urban artist presenting a crowd-pleasing reggaeton that gets you moving, with music for all ages.”

“It’s a different sound, with something in it for everyone,” said Lunay, who forms part of a new crop of Puerto Rican urban artists, together with Rafa Pabon, Cauty, Darell, Brytiago, among others.