Chasing the Sun
“I’m doing what I believe I was brought to this world to do: to create music that raises awareness, renews hearts, and generates change. I’ll continue looking to the stars and traveling the globe as God permits me. And I hope I have many years left to connect through art, to play my guitar, and to continue chasing the sun.”—Juanes
In Chasing the Sun, the international music icon and humanitarian shares the incredible story of his life and how music and faith guided his path. In his own un-adulterated words, and with visually arresting images throughout—some of them never before seen—Juanes imparts his defining moments from childhood to present day, reflecting on his spiritual and musical journey and the personal and professional experiences that shaped the man he is today.
Born and raised in Colombia, Juanes developed his deep love of music from his family and learned to play guitar at an early age. By age sixteen, he became a founding member, lead guitarist, vocalist, and song-writer for Ekhymosis, which went on to become Colombia’s leading hard-rock band. However, it was his career as a solo artist that propelled him toward international superstardom. With great honesty, Juanes reveals how his times of glory were often intersected by times of doubt and soul-searching and how remaining true to his beliefs and passionate about his art gave him the strength and foresight to reinvent himself and his career. While his role as a recording artist is well documented, the very private Juanes has never opened up in his own words—until now.
Today, as I write these words, we are just starting rehearsals for our next tour, and the best is yet to come. Rehearsals, as always, involve the beautiful adventure of going back to the beginning. The newest chapters in this book have yet to be written; the various untraveled labyrinths of the mind have yet to be discovered. Meanwhile, as the world continues on and as new experiences arise, there will be more material for this book.
But for now, I just want to outline a few memories from my life, and share them as if I were sitting in my living room among friends.
This is an expression of pure friendship and a sincere way of saying thanks to everyone who has supported my music over the years. I’m sure those are the people who have read up to this point. Others might only read certain sections in order to comment or criticize.
It’s honestly nothing personal—it’s just a fact of life. It’s not my job to write books. Not in the least. Since this idea was first proposed to me, I went through a number of stages. I felt that if I really did this, it would be for you to learn who I truly am, who it is behind the songs you hear at the concerts. Why I make the music I make, and why I think the way I think.
I feel it’s a risk for someone to expose his soul. In other words, after reading this—or at least after seeing it published—some people might not understand what I’m trying to say. Others will read it and connect even more deeply. Let’s just say it’s a risk I’m willing to take, and I’ll do it with love.
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