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Becoming an Icon chronicles the lives of Latinx artists who have left an indelible mark through the sustained brilliance of their careers. This podcast brings you an exploration of various genre-defining stars, like Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny and more, whose talent is so memorable that they surpass mere performers and ascend to the iconic level. Here, we chart the paths and trails these unique artists have blazed on their way to global fame.
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Join us as we delve into the captivating legacy of a brand new icon! In this episode, we embark on a journey into the life of Celia Cruz. Starting from her humble beginnings in Cuba, we offer a glimpse of the island through Celia's unique perspective. And witness how pivotal moments of change in her homeland transformed Celia's life forever. This was merely the beginning of a remarkable journey for the singer who would introduce the world to the vibrant rhythms of Salsa!Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Join us for the emotional finale of our Juan Gabriel journey as we pay tribute to the beloved icon's life and legacy. In this episode, as we mourn his passing, we revisit the touching moments of his funeral, where millions gathered to honor his memory and celebrate his extraordinary contributions to music and culture in that same place where he played and charmed thousands: Bellas Artes. As Juanga himself used to say: “As long as someone keeps singing my songs, Juan Gabriel will live forever.”Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra, Ameyalli Negrete and Bettina López of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to today's episode where we dive into Juan Gabriel's extensive influence! From crafting iconic tunes for telenovelas to reminiscing about some of the most celebrated covers of his classics. Juanga's impact transcends music. Join us as we explore his profound influence on queer culture, including that unforgettable "Don't question what you can see, mijo" moment from his Primer Impacto interview. And let's not forget his iconic fashion sense, for which is world renowned—let's discover how his style still shapes the style of actors and musicians today.Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Yvonne Marquez of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We’re back with an all new season of Becoming an Icon! To kick things off with a bang, our spotlight falls on none other than El Divo de Juárez, Juan Gabriel! Today, we delve into his humble beginnings, tracing his journey from growing up in an orphanage to performing at one of the most prestigious venues in all of Mexico, Bellas Artes! Come with us to uncover how Juan Gabriel went from a small town boy to the music legend and fashion icon we all came to love.Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Yvonne Marquez of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
¡Hey, Familia! We still can't believe the final episode for our season is here, so we made sure it's extra special. Join Lilliana and Joseph as they spill all the tea of our Icons alongside accomplished music and celebrity journalist, Tomás Mier. This episode is all about the past, the present and a lot of what the future holds for our favourite stars as well as latinx musicians who are up and coming, ones that you might not have heard but that will be all over your playlists after today.  Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Before we say goodbye to the Estefans we have a special treat for you. Joining us today is the remarkable musician hailing from Barranquilla and now a fellow Miamian, JK Jurado. Together, we'll delve into the enchanting universe of Gloria Estefan, the Miami Sound Machine, and, of course, indulge in an unplugged musical session you won’t want to miss! Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Gloria Estefan's career continued to thrive as she embarked on a successful solo career with albums like "Cuts Both Ways" and "Don't Wanna Lose You." A near-fatal bus accident threatened her career, but she made a remarkable recovery and returned to the stage, released multiple albums with chart-topping hits. Her contributions were recognized with various awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, proving that she will always be a legendary figure in the music industry. Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Gloria Estefan: Conga

Gloria Estefan: Conga

2023-10-0425:02

Despite her family's focus on her education, Gloria's musical career with the Miami Sound Machine took off. Their hit song "Dr. Beat" brought international success, and Emilio made the significant decision to step back from the band to support Gloria as her career soared. Their albums "Primitive Love" and "Let It Loose" marked a turning point, leading to Gloria's solo career and shaping the future of crossover Latin music. Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, the focus is on Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who rose from humble beginnings to become music icons. Gloria, born in Cuba and raised in Miami, faced adversity, including her father's illness and discrimination. Despite this, she excelled in her studies and music. She met Emilio at the University of Miami, and together, they formed the one and only Miami Sound Machine. Join us as we take a deep dive in their remarkable journey within the music industry. Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Marc Anthony: Rebel

Marc Anthony: Rebel

2023-09-2045:42

Marc Anthony's success influences Puerto Rican culture and the world as the global Salsa ambassador. But it's not just his music that's on center stage; his personal life is under the intense media spotlight, especially his marriages, surrounded by rumors and scrutiny. His philanthropic endeavors, particularly his foundation's support for underprivileged children in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico show his unwavering dedication to his hometown. His return to acting in "In the Heights," where he garnered praise from Lin Manuel himself, is a display of his undeniable talent and charisma. Marc Anthony's illustrious career positions him as a true Nuyorican icon and we eagerly anticipate what the future holds for this star.   Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Marc Anthony: Aguanile

Marc Anthony: Aguanile

2023-09-1346:42

Born and raised in New York to the rhythm of the trumpet, the double bass, and the congas, Marc Anthony is the Puerto Rican music sensation who revolutionized the salsa genre. From his beginnings as a backup vocalist to becoming a global icon, we uncover how he made salsa a universal sound and how all those Grammys would lead to love.  Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The 2010's were rocked by Pop and Electronic Dance music, and there were two names that defined the decade: Bruno Mars and Selena Gómez. We're welcoming back the host of Estás Rica podcast Dani Sayan to celebrate their impact as well as speculate what the future has in store for these unapologetic stars. Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Selena Gómez has made her mark as a singer and continues to do so. A true cultural revolutionary, her acting career is just as diverse. From her start on Barney & Friends to her most recent venture: letting the world truly see her, no filter. We'll be exploring her time on television, her filmic ventures, and even her role in the producing chair. So get ready because today we're cruising down Hollywood as we look at Selena's acting career.  Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Selena Gómez can do it all. She's an actress, singer, and business mogul changing the game for women in the industry. Her life has been highly publicized since she was very young, yet there is still so much left to learn about this trailblazing young icon. On this episode, we'll be focusing solely on her music career, from her start in Selena Gomez and The Scene to her first Spanish-language EP Revelación as she passionately documents her vulnerable journey towards healing.  Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Bruno Mars: Fly As Me

Bruno Mars: Fly As Me

2023-08-1647:03

Bruno Mars went from impersonating Elvis Presley to living the Presley dream. Now it's time to focus on all the award-winning music that came after. We're talking Unorthodox Jukebox, 24K Magic, and An Evening with Silk Sonic. Don't forget two Super Bowls and a whole lot of style as we also breakdown his killer fashion sense and how enforces a dress code for recordings. Yes, you read that correctly. So what are you waiting for? Listen up and find out what makes Bruno Mars so super duper fly.  Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo Help support Maui wildfire relief here!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We're very excited about the newest artist joining the Becoming an Icon roster: Bruno Mars. From his humble beginnings in Hawaii, his fight for recognition, and the well-deserved homecoming after one hell of a journey, let's welcome one of the greatest musicians we have been blessed to witness in real time.  Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Juan Carlos Arenado, Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shakira: Girl Like Me

Shakira: Girl Like Me

2023-08-0242:57

We've had a great time discussing the life and career of our lobita, but our final episode on Shakira has arrived. Before we go, we're joined by the lovely Dani Sayan from the Estás Rica podcast! A badass Peruvian and psychologist, Dani offers us a unique perspective as we discuss Shakira's recent singles, outings, and outfits! Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Juan Carlos Arenado, Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Dani Sayan and the Estás Rica podcast on Instagram @estasricapodcast Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shakira has survived disappointments, setbacks, and self-doubt while looking absolutely gorgeous through it all. For a moment there it seemed she had gotten close to a happily ever after, but it was simply a stepping stone to the next phase of her life and career. On today's episode, we'll be jumping into the medical emergency that almost ended her career, the making of El Dorado, and the demise of her decade-long relationship with Gerard Piqué. Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Juan Carlos Arenado, Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shakira: She Wolf

Shakira: She Wolf

2023-07-1939:201

This is a good one, y'all! So buckle up because we're revisiting Shakira's She Wolf days. From collaborating with Beyoncé and even teaching her how to belly dance to trading insightful conversation with one of the brightest literary minds of the Latin American canon. Shakira was living it up, meeting Gabriel García Marquéz, releasing Sale el Sol, and finally putting out into the world a self-titled album to remind everyone who she is and why she's not going anywhere anytime soon.  Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Juan Carlos Arenado, Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shakira experimented with her looks and participated in MTV Unplugged, which became a successful album. Despite being recognized as a talented artist, Shakira hesitated to cross over into the English market for fear of losing her Colombian fans' respect. She faced her insecurities and achieved success with "Laundry Service." a commercial hit with singles like "Whenever, Wherever" and "La Tortura." Then, the pressure to surpass her previous successes had Shakira in a creative rut. Little did she know that this challenging period would be the catalyst for her most transformative and groundbreaking musical era yet. Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Juan Carlos Arenado, Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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