SacTown's Mr. WorldWide
Updated: Apr 2
Written By: Lalo Mata
Published: March 26, 2020
SacTown’s Mr. WorldWide
SacNews & Review finds its World Music Sammies winner in Carlos Kandia, a talented Colombian singer who is eager for more.
Carlos is the swiss army knife of talents as he juggles being an actor, dancer, vocal coach, and skilled instrument player.
You can find Carlos performing at state fairs, music festivals, or even performing for the Sacramento Rivercats. In the diverse city of Sacramento, we embrace latin culture in foods and more; you can add Carlos Kandia to that lineup.
From the impressive list of performances under his belt on Latin American Idol, X Factor in Colombia, and on Broadway in New York, you can feel his Latin culture no matter where he’s performing on the map. Proving his talents in those performances landed him on the stage with Grammy winners Tony Vega, Willi Torrez, and five-time winner, Kenny O’Brien.
You can sense the passion in the vocals and the pride in the instruments, which is exactly what earned Carlos Kandia the numerous awards and opportunities he’s been offered.
When you hear the soft tone to the loud roars in his music backed up with his production, it’s difficult to contain the head bobs in the kitchen or the salsa shaking in the backyard during a sunset.
What does it mean to be a sammies nominee?
“It is one of the most gratifying experiences. I've been meeting a lot of amazing artists through this nomination and actually it feels like a recognition of my work.”
Carlos shows as much pride in Sacramento as he does in his music. Witnessing an artist with this amount of passion is a pleasure. It feels so great to know he is being recognized for his talents and hard work.
What inspired you to become a musician?
“At the beginning my mom inspired me, but that slowly became the satisfaction that singing gives me. Seeing people happy and enjoying my shows is the most amazing feeling.”
Summer shows with Carlos on stage is a world that music festivals want their audience to experience. Songs such as “Me Encantaria”, “ Todos Lo Que Sube”, and “Cosa Buena” are the lyrics-screaming, hands-in-the-air times we miss from those summer nights.
What advice would you give to people starting their music career?
“Never give up. if you and just you think you have what it takes, just keep doing it and keep trying. If you keep working on your dreams at some point you are going to find the rewards. Just be a good human being and always stay humble.”
Who inspires your music?
“My daughter, wife, and my point of view of this world.”
Musicians with kids grow a new passion in music. A reason to write, to sing, or even to perform. It’s a love that has no words, but we love listening to the explanation of it through music.
Carlos has quite the list of accomplishments, but he's not alone. Carlos' wife, Daniela Mosquera, a three-time Emmy award journalist who works as a News Producer for NBC Universal with Telemundo. Carlos and Daniela post an impressive resume together.
Where do you want to take your career in the future?
“I don’t want to be famous, I want to be successful. That way I will be able to help other artists and people with talent that are trying every day to be better. My only dream with all of this is to be helpful for other people, especially artists like me. That is the whole point.”
Artists who are looking to evolve their career should consider a man like Carlos, a successful man with an outstanding background, being in their corner.
What is your process in making a song?
“I think there are amazing song writers out there. I always work with people who want to show new material, new songs and then we choose a theme to talk about that is always about life and love, personal experiences and we start to collaborate to write a song.”
People looking for a fun summer filled with Latin culture should watch their calendars for Carlos’ performances. The finger-snapping lyrics to the head-bobbing rhythm of his music should be played in backyards all over Sacramento until then.