JULIO IGLESIAS JR.

Julio Iglesias, Jr. has lived a life steeped in the transcendent power of music. Since first taking the stage with his legendary father as a small child, the Madrid-born artist has turned out musical projects in a dazzling expanse of genres, toured with icons like Cher, and captivated audiences across the globe with his soulful vocals and effortlessly charming presence. Made with famed producer Rudy Pérez (the Grammy Award-winning musician known for his work with superstars like Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, and Natalie Cole), his new album Under The Covers finds Iglesias reinterpreting an eclectic mix of pop songs in the classic sound of big band and swing—a supreme fit for his impossibly smooth voice, resulting in his most magnetic and magical work to date (which will be followed by several exciting major projects still to be announced.)

Recorded in his home base of Miami Beach with an elite lineup of musicians, Under The Covers makes for a perfect counterpart to the crowd-thrilling live show Iglesias has brought to venues around the world in recent years. “When I first started singing in this very timeless style, everything clicked for me,” he says. “It feels authentic to who I am more than anything I’ve done before, and I knew I needed to continue on that path. I love that I’m able to give people something that takes them back and brings them joy, especially at a time when the world really needs more peace and love.”

With its tracklist including lush renditions of everything from Marvin Gaye’s “What's Going On” to Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy,” Under The Covers includes such charmed moments as Iglesias’s hypnotic take on Benny Mardones’s 1980 hit “Into the Night,” a duet recorded with Mardones shortly before his death in 2020. “I moved to the U.S. when I was nine years old, and I remember hearing ‘Into the Night’ on the radio almost every single day on my way to school,” says Iglesias. “It’s a song I’ve loved almost my whole life and recording it with Benny Mardones himself was an unforgettable experience.” Another spellbinding duet, “Careless Whisper” finds Jewel lending her inimitably sweet vocals to a simmering update of the George Michael stunner. “‘Careless Whisper’ was the first song we recorded for the album,” Iglesias recalls. “Because my dad worked with Rudy and I’ve known him since I was a kid, I knew that Rudy has very high standards and I felt a little nervous at the beginning. But once I recorded that song, I was completely at ease—Rudy was so caring and easy to work with, while still capturing the best vocal possible.” On “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Iglesias twists Tears for Fears’ moody new-wave anthem into a joyfully breezy tune, wholly encapsulating the enchanting quality of Under The Covers. And for the album’s closing track, R&B luminary Brian McKnight joins Iglesias for a magnificently arranged medley of Stevie Wonder songs (“Overjoyed,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” and “Isn’t She Lovely”). “Rudy and I knew we needed a Stevie Wonder cover on this record, but when we looked at his repertoire we realized it was impossible to choose just one song,” says Iglesias. “We ended up taking these three songs and turning it into a beautiful medley, and who better to sing it with me than Brian McKnight? He’s an unbelievable entertainer, and his voice is just incredible.”