Written by: Mikala Lugen | Photo(s) by: Maryanne Bilham/Courtesy of the artist
Carlos Santana Spreads Peace, Love & Joy In New Single Ft. Chris Stapleton, “Joy” [Listen/Watch]
Carlos Santana has released the new single, “Joy” featuring Chris Stapleton. The new single marks the multi-Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter’s fourth single release of the year ahead of his forthcoming album, Blessings and Miracles, due out this Friday, October 15th.
“Joy” opens up with Santana’s well-known sultry psychedelic guitar chords before breaking down into a slow and smooth lyrical verse by Stapleton. The track sits just under four minutes for an uplifting bluesy breakdown, blending Santana’s iconic sound of country, reggae, and blues into a celebration anthem of peace and love.
“I was very intrigued to work with Chris,” Santana says. “We talked on the phone about the COVID situation and how there’s so much fear in the world, and I said, ‘We need to create music as a healing force. We must bring hope and courage and disinfect twisted minds infected with darkness.’ That gave him the ammunition to write such incredible words. Somewhere I said, ‘flying on the wings of angels,’ so it’s a collaboration. And what an incredible song it is. The choir in it – it’s like the Staple Singers.”
Watch the official animated lyric video below.
“Joy” – Santana, Chris Stapleton (Animated Lyric Video)
“Joy” is a great taste of what’s to come on the forthcoming 26th studio album from the Mexican-American guitarist, as Santana paired Stapleton as an album collaborator. The new single follows Santana’s previous 2021 single releases including “She’s Fire” with collaborators Diane Warren and G-Eazy, “Move” alongside Rob Thomas and American Authors, and “Whiter Shades Of Pale” featuring Steve Windwood.
Currently out on his Blessings and Miracles tour, Santana will round out the remainder of the year with a November and December residency at House Of Blues Las Vegas billed An Intimate Evening With Santana: Greatest Hits Live: Presented by SiriusXM, and kick off 2022 with additional residency shows throughout January, February, and May. Santana will then hit the road in June 2022 for his Miraculous Supernatural Tour with Earth, Wind & Fire, including a headlining show at Salt Lake City, UT’s USANA Amphitheatre on June 28th.
Listen to “Joy” below and on all streaming platforms here. Tickets to Santana’s show at USANA Amphitheatre can be found here. Pre-order Blessings and Miracles here. For a full list of upcoming show dates and additional information, visit his website.