When Detroit, Mich., native Arthur Hanlon started playing Spanish music, convincing the Latino audience proved to be very difficult.
But a few years later, pianist/composer Hanlon showed he had the talent like any other great musician.
"It took a few albums to convince the audience but we managed," said Hanlon during a phone interview.
A few weeks ago, he released his fifth album 'Piano Sin Fronteras' (Piano Without Borders), which includes a long list of known Latino artists.
Juanes, Luis Fonsi, Laura Pausini, Ricardo Montaner and many others are part of the album that Hanlon likes to call his biggest accomplishment.
"I had the opportunity to write all of the songs with people of high caliber. I feel very honored to have them all on my album and more than anything to have them as friends," he said. "It's been a wonderful year in creating this album."
His colleague Fonsi had nothing but good comments about him.
"He is a great pianist and simply a great musician at every level," said Fonsi via a press release. "He's someone who draws you to his instrument with his positive vibe."
The pianist said he wanted to record an album with friends, people he knew.
"This album was a matter of chemistry, because for me, writing a song is very personal so there has to be some chemistry. With all of those artists, we had chemistry the day we met," Hanlon said. "All of the duets were made between friends and you can tell. This album sounds very natural and very positive."
Hanlon recently became a Colombian citizen. He has been married to a Colombian for 12 years and speaks perfect Spanish, but his parents are Irish American. If you ask him what he considers himself, he laughs and says: "Technically, I am a gringo, but I would say that I am a gringo Latino."