By Andrea Jimenez | Staff Writer |
Prince Royce is a bachata singer from New York City who broke into the Latin pop mainstream in 2010 after incorporating both English and Spanish into Ben E. King’s famous song “Stand By Me,” and giving it a smooth urban beat.
The remake quickly became a hot hit, making it on to the top ten Latin Billboard Chart; not only was this the beginning of Royce’s career, but the kick-off to a new bilingual style of music.
“It gives the listeners the best of both worlds, keeping a mutual understanding between his listeners and the messages he tries to convey with his lyrics,” said student Kathia Rodas.
Royce focused on bachata music for the first four years of his career, gaining thousands of fans along the way.
In 2015, this spirited, young artist decided to collide both his worlds into one and finally released the English album that he had worked on for a little over three years.
“I think that now, as far as the creative side and the sound, I am much more solid in my head as far as what direction I want to go,” said Royce in an interview with Billboard.
He released his first English album “Double Vision” during the summer of 2015. This album had tracks featuring many popular, icons such as Snoop Dogg, Kid Inc, Tyga, Pitbull, and Jennifer Lopez.
This album, alongside the tour he went on with Ariana Grande, opened many doors for him, both in the English music and acting industry.
In early January, he announced that he would debut his acting career on Fox’s musical “The Passion” that will be hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry; it tells the story of Jesus Christ’s last few hours on earth.
Royce will help bring this story to life by playing his role as Jesus’ most confident partner, Peter.
This story, although 2,000 years old, will be given a modern approach through a variety of popular music and charisma.
“As a Latino, I can honestly say that this is a big accomplishment, not only for him but for young Latinos everywhere, comes to show that we should always be proud of our Latin roots,” said student Anthony Lopez.
“The Passion” will not be the only acting we’ll be seeing from Royce. It was announced on March 2 that he will be joining Hulu for the fourth season of its famous series titled “East Los High.”
This makes it the first English-language show with all Latino actors, creators and writers, which fits perfectly with Royce’s ambition and keeps an equal balance between his Latin and American roots.
“I can’t wait to see the series. I skimmed through the first few seasons, but I am 100 percent sure that I will be stuck to my TV screen once Prince Royce joins the cast. I just hope that him focusing on acting doesn’t stop him from making new music for his long time fans, like me,” said student Maria Chavez.
After being a hardcore Prince Royce fan for over six years, I can say that I have never been more proud, not only for his career accomplishments but also for being a leading example to those who have nothing and dream of becoming something.