Rock guitarist Carlos Santana might be the next victim of Bieber Fever, telling his Facebook followers he is open to sharing a mic with the pop sensation.
Santana's willingness to work with other artists should come as no surprise to fans, though. His 1999 album "Supernatural" featured numerous collaborations, including the hit song "Smooth" which featured Rob Thomas. The widely successful album ended up spending 12 weeks as the nations top selling album reports the LA Times.
Still, Santana took to Facebook to "crystallize and correct" the New Delhi, India, press after he was misquoted regarding his interest in working with artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber says Noise11.com.
Dnaindia.com quoted Santana as saying "collaborations should only happen between two people who compliment each other. I cannot go ahead and collaborate with Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber. I have always maintained that."
Following the publishing of the interview, Santana posted a correction, saying he was actually celebrating the ease of working with other artists.
"My accurate statement was ‘By the grace of GOD, it is not impossible to collaborate (share music) with Mr. Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber. It’s a matter of the right song and some willingness. I hold my sister and two brothers in the same light and I am grateful that nothing is out of the realm of possibility.' Peace."
Santana traveled to India to perform at the Formula One Rocks concert. He shared his excitement about the trip with the concert crowd saying the visit to India "is like connect icing to the light. We are very honored to be here."
Santana released his most recent album "Shape Shifter"in May. The disc debuted at the number 16 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. He also began a two-year residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in May.
"Smooth" with Rob Thomas
If you're too young to remember Santana's first hit, "Evil Ways", in 1969, it's ok, as long as you remember the smooth Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa from this collaboration with, then, Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas. This muñequita's song, from Santana's <em>Supernatural</em> album, was listed as #1 on <a href="http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top-rock.shtml" target="_hplink">The Billboard's Hot 100</a> (Rock) during the chart's first 50 years. The single also won "Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals" and "Record of the Year" at the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1999.
"Maria Maria" with Product G & B
Ever wonder what happened to Maria from West Side Story? Apparently she moved to LA and fell in love to the sound of Carlos' guitar. As did audiences everywhere, resulting in the track's Grammy for "Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal" in 1999. This collaboration with Product G & B, from the album <em>Supernatural</em>, apart from the crisp tune of the guitar has a bit of Latin spice added by Santana : "Ahora vengo mama chola mama chola."
"Put Your Lights On" with Everlast
There may be a monster under the bed, but Santana's shrilling guitar solo in this video can only mean another Grammy! This collaboration with Everlast from his <em>Supernatural</em> album won 'Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal' in 1999.
"Corazón Espinado" with Maná
The wailing of Santana's guitar with the low gruff vocals of the Mexican rock band's vocalist, Fher Olvera, tell us how much love hurts with "A Thorn In My Heart." The track won 2 Latin Grammys in 2000 and came off of Santana's 1999 <em>Supernatural</em> album.
"The Game of Love" with Michelle Branch
A little bit of Michelle didn't hurt Santana one bit. "The Game of Love," which came from his 2002 album <em>Shaman</em>, won a grammy for 'Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals' that same year and brought the guitarist to a career total of 10 golden gramophones.
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