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Juntos Together by Gina Chavez and Nancy Sanchez is the right song at the right time.

Two powerhouse Latina combine with a grammy winning producer to birth an anthem for our time

Juntos la vida es mejor – “together life is better” sing Gina Chavez and  Nancy Sanchez  in their new release  Juntos Together,  a song that  could not be more appropriate for today.  As they sing, “It’s a new day/It’s a new age/You and me will find a way to communicate” you know there is hope.

In their hands  the Alex Bendaña song gleefully celebrates our freedom to once again  sing, hug and dance together, delivering  an anthem for  what is hopefully a new age of community that treasures being   as they sing, “cerca de ti” – near you.

Nancy Sanchez

I have followed all three collaborators separately for years – the two singers and the songwriter/producer — and am delighted to see them team up. I first saw Chavez live almost 7 years ago in a small club in San Francisco and was hooked. I  knew immediately that she was a star and a world changer. I  discovered Nancy Sanchez about the same time and have joyfully attended her concerts and  positively reviewed her music, including her extraordinary album La Gran Civilization – which is now my standard for bilingual pop and rap.  And of course, I went to see Alex Bendaña and La Santa Cecelia every chance I got, from the tiny stage at the Grammy Museum in LA to the Hollywood Bowl.

Gina Chavez

Juntos Together is an important step forward for all three artists. Even the song’s bi-lingual name signals a timely message of diversity  by joining two languages together in one title. Deftly combining Mexican accordion by Jose “Pepe” Carlos from La Santa Cecelia, a jaunty beat, flowing harmonies, English and Spanish lyrics, Sanchez and Chavez  have given birth to an anthem that is also a danceable earworm with memorable hooks – no easy feat.  The voices work perfectly together: Chavez’s signature  melodic urgency intertwining with Nancy’s jazz-honed crystal clear notes as counterpoint in the verses and blending in the background vocals. 

Alex Bendana

The production by Alex Bendaña hits the mark, filling out the song written by the three of them with his own bass, vihuela, tres, synth, keys and guitar work. He  blends it all with programmed drums and percussion to give the song its bouncy movement and hooky beats. Which is one reason Target is using the song as the music for its new ad campaign “Lo Que Valoramos; No Debe Costar Mas” promoting diversity and community

While the Delta variant of Covid-19 is causing a pullback in some of our gatherings,  when we listen to Juntos Together we feel the lyric  “la electricidad fluir por mis venas” – the electricity of human contact that flows through our veins.  Juntos Together is truly the right song at the right time to bring community back. Chavez and Sanchez and Bendaña are exactly right: juntos la vida es mejor –  life is better together.

Patrick O’Heffernan, Music Sin Fronteras

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Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist and radio broadcaster based in Mexico, with a global following. He focuses on music in English and Spanish that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America, especially Mexico like cumbia, banda, son jarocho, and mariachi. He is a cyclist, dancing fiend and also likes to watch his friend drag race. He has relaunched his LA-based radio show Music Friday Live as Music Sin Fronteras- Music Without Borders - from Mexico - tune in every Friday at 1 pm Central

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