GRAMMY-winning Latin pop/rock band La Santa Cecilia recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's The Drop series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, the quartet discussed how driving through Central California inspired them to put a new spin on the Beatles' 1967 hit "Strawberry Fields Forever," among other topics. La Santa Cecilia also performed a brief set, including "Someday, Someday New" from their new album, Someday New.
"It's a trip how a song that was made by these four Brits turned into something that I feel connected with migrant workers and the beauty of their work," said La Santa Cecilia frontwoman La Marisoul regarding their cover of "Strawberry Fields Forever." "I guess it's a way for us to acknowledge their work and for people to remember where all our amazing fruit comes from."
Los Angeles natives La Santa Cecilia — currently comprising La Marisoul (vocals), Alex Bendaña (bass), Jose "Pepe" Carlos (accordion/requinto), and Miguel "Oso" Ramirez (percussion) — formed in 2007, taking their name from the patron saint of music, Saint Cecilia. Influenced by artists such as Ramón Ayala, the Beatles, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, and Los Lobos, the group released their self-titled EP in 2009, followed by 2010's Noche Y Citas EP, which garnered a 2011 Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Tropical Song for "La Negra."
In 2013 La Santa Cecilia released their major label debut, Treinta Días. Produced by GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Sebastián Krys (Marc Anthony, Shakira, Carlos Vives), Treinta Días peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums chart and garnered the group their first career GRAMMY for Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26.
Released on March 4, Someday New peaked at No. 3 on the Latin Pop Albums chart. Also produced by Krys, the album features nine tracks, including four new songs and covers of "Strawberry Fields Forever," Jose Jose's "Cuidado" and the classic Dominican dance song "La Morena."
La Santa Ceclia are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through November.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Reel To Reel: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (June 16) and The Drop: John Fullbright (June 30).