JERSEY BOY TURNS TO ROCK

FRANKIE NEGRON GOES FROM SALSERO TO ROCKERO Outlet 7 Contributing writer Arleny Genao on Frankie Negron's new rock album

To his fans, Frankie Negron is known as one of the best salseros of his time. After a three-year hiatus, he is back with a new album and a whole new sound.  Pop rock! The Frankie Negron that some of us have grown to love has made a crossover, and I must say he pulls it off really well. The album is titled “Independence Day,” and I had the privilege of attending his release party at the Canal Room in New York City. There I asked the New Jersey native a few questions on the red carpet:

BeChicMag: Independence Day. Is there a meaning behind the title? Frankie Negron: Independence Day is a play on words. It's pretty much meaning independent on the label, being independent with every decision that I have to make where I am a partner versus employee.

This album is obviously different from what your fans are used to. Were you nervous about making a crossover or did this feel right to you? The majority of the album is in English. Very pop rock. I was a little nervous except I put out little teasers already and everyone has been receptive.

After the red carpet Frankie performed a few tracks from his new album. While on stage, you could see how passionate he is about his music. Although this is unlike anything we would have expected from the artist, the energy and vibe from the audience present were Frankie’s seal of approval on this bold move.

Independence Day is now in stores and I definitely recommend you go out and get a copy. I already have a favorite track (Torn)! We wish Frankie much success on his new venture and hope to hear more of this genre of music by him in the near future! -Arleny Genao

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