By Marina A. Moreno
Photo Credits: Santiago Interiano (Epic Nights)
“Fall in love with the process. You can do anything you put your mind to. If you’re truly passionate about it, you can do it. There is no formula to success. It really is all about hard work and dedication.” – CASTRO
This past year music definitely had its up and downs. No matter what genre you try to defend, you can’t really dodge the bullet that many rappers, singers and producers took. With only one album succeeding at becoming certified platinum in the month of November, music fans began to reflect and re-listen to albums they purchased (or downloaded) throughout the year so that they can crown who they thought deserved the recognition. Not only did appreciators assume that twenty-fourteen would be the year of musical domination, but it was predicted that R&B would be making its long awaited return. With voices like BJ The Chicago Kid, Miguel and Elijah Blake to name a few, why are we so deprived of soulful sounds to make us fall in love, have our hearts broken, and fall in love again? Luckily, all has not been lost. Emerging onto the scene is a singer/songwriter whose voice is powerful yet smooth enough to revive his genre. He is, Castro.
Bred out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Castro is a singer/songwriter paving the path that connects old school R&B to our generation now. Formally part of the successful Polow Da Don co-signed group, i-15 which created hit singles like “Lost In Love” and “Soulja Girl” with, Castro has branched off and grown a deeper understanding and appreciation for the industry he knows all too well; allowing him to fall in love with the process and outcome, all over again. Already experienced in songwriting for artists like Joe and Bobby Valentino, Castro has saved his best lyrics for his upcoming project in which he recruited the talents of GRAMMY nominated producers The Audibles, multi-platinum, GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Poo Bear and even rap legend, Snoop Dogg.
With the blessings of his fans, father, former i-15 member and friend, Das and musical inspirations such as User, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, and the legendary Michael Jackson, it’s only evident the type of finished product we can expect from someone such as Castro, considering who he absorbs influence from.
As mentioned, Castro is currently hard at work crossing from Las Vegas to LA to, prepare to take the music scene by storm with his new album, “You Fetish.” But don’t call it a come back; Let it be known, we are just welcoming Castro home. Stay connected to Third Floor Network and Castro (@Castrosworld_) as there will be an interview with the singer making it’s debut on the site in the near future!