Miami Beach native Desmond Child, who wrote Livin’ La Vida Loca for Ricky Martin, has joined forces with Rudy Perez, a fellow Miami Beach Cuban-American songwriter to create a Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. The first inductions will take place April 23rd at The Bacardi Building, which is now home to YoungArts Foundation. In the meantime the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame is looking for a permanent home, that can become a destination for fans of the genre.
“Songwriters are the essence of music,” says Perez, who has written and produced for Julio Iglesias, Beyonce and Luis Miguel. “They create the source. And no one in the Spanish-speaking world has given them their night of glory, their rightful place.”
Perez feels this synergy is like what happened years ago when a few key players came together to create the Latin Grammys. All varieties of Latin music will be acknowledged with flamenco, rancher, son, tango and Brazilian songwriters all being considered.