Jennifer Lopez has been criticized for not having the most powerful pipes, but the singer-actress says even her biggest critics will be in for a surprise when she drops her new album Love?, which boasts her best vocals to date.
The Puerto Rican mami was quick to fire back at those who claim her vocal talents aren’t up to snuff. “I’m very proud of who I am as a vocalist from where I started,” she told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez. “The voice was always there, I was just so insecure about it in the beginning.”
She credits her husband for helping her find her voice. “Marc [Anthony] helped me so much because he was the one who was like, ‘You have a beautiful voice,'” she explained. “I think people are gonna be surprised with some of the vocals on this album.”
Even Anthony, a seasoned vocalist, was impressed by his wife’s pipes. “There’s even songs on this album that when he heard the demo, he was like, ‘You’re gonna sing that?’ When he heard my version, he was like, ‘Wow.’ Tears in his eyes. ‘I’m so proud of you.'”
Though J.Lo has tailored some tracks for the dance floor, including the Pitbull-assisted lead single “On the Floor,” the “American Idol” judge promises that she hasn’t forgotten her urban audience. “I always kind of play in both worlds because that’s how we grew up, so that’s always in my music,” she said. “There’s other very urbanny-type tracks on it. Don’t worry. Booty shakers, mid-tempos, feel-good [records].”
Love? will feature production from Lady Gaga hitmaker RedOne and powerhouse duo Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. “I have some Tricky and Dream stuff,” shared the sexy songstress, citing the “summer-friendly” “Run the World” featuring Dream and Rick Ross as one of her favorites.
While her seventh studio album doesn’t have a release date yet, J.Lo is already plotting a world tour following her current stint on “Idol.”