Multi-Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has released the music video for “Move,” withmulti–Grammy winning Matchbox Twenty singer/songwriter Rob Thomas and featuring the vocal talents of American Authors, from his star-studded, masterful new album, Blessings and Miracles, out worldwide via BMG on October 15.
The video opens on a smoky black and white landscape as Thomas’ dynamic, sensual and magnetic vocals mix with Santana’s vibrant opening guitar licks, setting things ablaze and opening up the skies. Then we’re off on a grinding, grooving, swaggering, swaying and altogether breathtaking mix of pop and Latin rock with sure-fire hooks for days. Thomas is ably backed by American Authors (especially the band’s Zac Barnett, who takes the lead spot in the second verse). Santana matches these supreme performances as only he can, with scintillating solos that explode with tectonic force. A lively horn section hits from all sides, and the song is highlighted by a hyper-drive chorus that defies inertia.
“Move” was released in August 2021, heralding the much-anticipated reteaming of the music of Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas, whose 1999 multiple Grammy-winning smash “Smooth” became a worldwide staple – and the two performers have smashed all expectations and turned in a new classic.
San Francisco Chronicle says, “Meeting once again at the intersection of American pop and Latin flair, Thomas showcases his signature vocals over Santana’s dizzying guitar, congas and a lively horn section…there’s a similarly gigantic energy [to “Smooth] on “Move” that’s fit for both afternoon cookouts and dance clubs,” while Billboard called “Move” a “summery Latin rock single” and American Songwriter says, “On ‘Move,’ it sounds as if 22 years never passed since ‘Smooth.’”
“‘Move’ came about very much like how ‘Smooth’ happened,” says Santana. “It was like divine intelligence behind the scenes, and I just knew I had to record it with Rob. The song is about awakening your molecules. Ignite and activate yourself – you know, move. When Rob and I work together, we have a sound that’s splendiferous.”
About Carlos Santana:
For more than five decades – from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco – Carlos Santana has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. To date, Santana has won ten Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammys, with a record-tying nine Grammys for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”). He has received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009), and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2013). Among many other distinctions, Carlos Santana has been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and has joined the Rolling Stones as one of only two bands to have an album reach the Top 10 in every decade since the 1960s. In 2018, he released his first MasterClass, and recently celebrated three epic milestones – the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking album Supernatural, the 50th anniversary of his legendary performance at Woodstock, and the 50th anniversary of his masterpiece Abraxas.
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