I have been fortunate: Enrique

Singer Enrique Iglesias said that he is experiencing a time of euphoria, not only because that is the name of his latest album [Euphoria], but also because he is at a point in his career that he never could have imagined when he began it.

Just a few days before he concludes his North American tour with Jennifer Lopez, the Madrid native took a break in Los Angeles, the city where he recorded his first album 17 years ago [Enrique Iglesias], to review his career.

‘As an artist, I’ve been very fortunate,’ Iglesias told EFE.

‘If they would have told me when I was just 18 that I was going to have a career that would last so long, I’d have said it was impossible, that it was crazy that that could happen in my life, so I’m happy to be here. To be able to go out on stage every day,’ said Iglesias, who spoke bluntly about what he called his religious experience.

Calm and cordial with the press and affectionate with his fans, to the point of kissing some of them on the lips at concerts, where he also pulls them onstage to sing, the 37-year-old Iglesias is aware of his privileged situation, especially in his native country, Spain.

‘There are days that I wake up and I complain, and when I complain I pinch myself and say, that’s for complaining. Not many people can do what they really like in life,’ Iglesias, the son of crooner Julio Iglesias, said.

‘Being happy,’ he said in response to a question about his ambitions for the future.

‘My motivations are thinking I can write better songs, that the concerts can be better,’ Iglesias said, although he did not get specific about when he would return to the studio to record a new album, after being on tour for two years.

‘The next album scares me a little because I’ve put so much effort, so much work, into this one,’ said Iglesias, who moved into the first rank among international music stars with numbers like I Like It, Tonight [I’m Lovin’ You], Dirty Dancer and I Like How It Feels.

‘There are albums where what you hope for happens and there are albums where it doesn’t,’ the singer-songwriter, who has released nine LP albums and two collections of hits.
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