Behind every hit song is a team of talented writers, producers and studio musicians. One of them being Ozzie Melendez. He has worked behind the scenes with artists such as Jessica Simpson and Marc Anthony. Now he’s switching gears and focusing on his own thing, a style of music that fuses together the ways of Jamaican dancehall, Salsa, Reggaeton and pop by way of his latest single “Camaleón.”
Ozzie has performed all over the world as a vocalists, composer, director and trombonist on Broadway shows, commercials, and TV shows. All-of his work has put him on the top of the “must work with list” that has garnered him studio time with some of the biggest hitmakers of today. And that isn’t all to describe Ozzie Melendez, there’s much more to the story. He has worked with even more of the biggest names in the industry, which also include working with Jennifer Lopez and Billy Joel. Now he’s taking the reigns as an artist himself and switching gears with some songs of his own. This is the usual order of things sometimes, but it often can result in recording covers like Michael Bolton, Richard Marx and others have done. Ozzie Melendez doesn’t appear to be doing it that way, he’s making his own original footsteps instead, and it’s looking and sounding like the right plan. “Camaleón” works well as a single in either Spanish or English versions, both of which can be heard. It’s about dancing when the clock strikes twelve. It doesn’t matter if you’re reminded of the Macarena, because it’s about time a hit came through of that same order again. Here’s hoping this might be the one, even though we don’t have as big of platforms to get the music into everyone’s ears like Ricky Martin did, or do we? The push of a button and you can enjoy it, rather than waiting for it to be played across radio stations, so artists aren’t as bad off as it might seem. Plus, we can count the number of plays to see the difference.
If only that could’ve been done back in 1993-94 when such hits were rolling. This reminded me of going back to that time, but it cuts right through to the now, as well. Ozzie fuses the best of both worlds together on this one single track, and gives it his best shot. There’s really nothing to say about it that can reduce the exuberance he put into it. This is either something you like or something you don’t. But it can bring you around if you don’t, and that’s every reason to do it in Spanish and English. Both have some difference in them enough to enjoy whichever language you speak. This is a universal approach that can’t always be made, so it comes recommended for that effort on top of it all. His singing voice comes alive for all it’s worth, and the sheer enthusiasm alone is contagious. That’s a testament of where he’s been as a writer and-also where he’s headed in today’s musical landscape as a performer. You can dance or kick your shoes off and relax to either version of this track. The horns take a secondary role in the arrangement but they help enhance his voice all-the more, as the featured instrument of the song. Make no mistake, his voice shines above and beyond all other points on offer.