50 episodes

Becoming an Icon chronicles the lives of Latinx artists who have left an indelible mark through the sustained brilliance of their careers. This podcast brings you an exploration of various genre-defining stars, like Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny and more, whose talent is so memorable that they surpass mere performers and ascend to the iconic level. Here, we chart the paths and trails these unique artists have blazed on their way to global fame.

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    • 4.6 • 42 Ratings

Becoming an Icon chronicles the lives of Latinx artists who have left an indelible mark through the sustained brilliance of their careers. This podcast brings you an exploration of various genre-defining stars, like Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny and more, whose talent is so memorable that they surpass mere performers and ascend to the iconic level. Here, we chart the paths and trails these unique artists have blazed on their way to global fame.

    Daddy Yankee: The World Before Reggaeton

    Daddy Yankee: The World Before Reggaeton

    At last, on Becoming an Icon, we’re exploring Daddy Yankee's journey to earn his rightful throne as the King of Reggaeton! In this episode, we'll delve into a brief history of reggaeton, Daddy Yankee’s childhood in San Juan, his short stint as a baseball player, and his musical beginnings. Discover how Daddy Yankee helped establish the genre's credibility, setting the stage for world domination.

    Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Santiago Sierra, Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.

    If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show.

    Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez

    Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo
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    • 27 min
    Carlos Santana: Supernatural

    Carlos Santana: Supernatural

    In our thrilling finale exploring the epic journey of the legendary Carlos Santana, we dive into a moment in life when his heroes faded away, leaving Carlos to seek inspiration within… and beyond. Santana's remarkable late-in-life resurgence in the '90s not only introduced him to a new generation but also solidified his status as an enduring icon. Join us as we unravel Santana's extraordinary legacy!Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Daniel Padilla, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show.Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo
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    • 27 min
    Carlos Santana: From the Mountain to the Desert

    Carlos Santana: From the Mountain to the Desert

    In today’s episode of Becoming an Icon, we kick off with Santana’s decisive performance at a generation-defining music festival, propelling him to the mountaintop of success. However soon after, Santana would find himself wandering the desert. ​​Join us as we ride the tidal wave of his triumphs, only to be met with rough waters and sinking tides.Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Alex de Winter, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show.Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo
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    • 28 min
    Carlos Santana: A Child of the ‘60s

    Carlos Santana: A Child of the ‘60s

    Get ready to groove as we take a deep dive into the extraordinary journey of Carlos Santana! His life and career embody the very essence of a '60s and '70s rock star, and today, we're diving headfirst into the legend's beginnings. Coming of age amidst the vibrant streets of San Francisco during the heyday of counterculture, Santana played legendary venues and witnessed legendary performances that would shape his destiny. Carlos was on the brink of becoming a household name. 

    Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 25 min
    Selena: Gone But Never Forgotten

    Selena: Gone But Never Forgotten

    Today on Becoming an Icon… Get ready to relive Selena’s meteoric rise and untimely fall. During the early '90s, Selena was at the peak of her career: "Amor Prohibido" was her biggest hit yet, and fans were captivated by her powerful performances. But then, as you know, tragedy struck. Instead of dwelling on how Selena was taken from us, join us in this episode as we celebrate all that she gave us and the torchbearers who continue to keep her legacy alive.

    Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Santiago Sierra, Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    Selena: Rise to the Astrodome

    Selena: Rise to the Astrodome

    Step into the world of Selena as we uncover the moments that shaped her legendary career. On today’s episode, we begin with her very first record deal, leading up to her legendary concert at the Astrodome in Houston. Join us as we deep dive into her romance with Chris Perez and the electrifying performances that solidified her status as a Tejano sensation. These were the years that cemented Selena as the star we all love and remember!Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Elsalvador2_0 ,

Mandatory

Love it! Latin pop history should be mandatory education! Keep the episodes coming

Lobomama ,

Meh

The Spanglish kind of gets to me, but that’s like a personal pet peeve. otherwise in the JuanGa episode I listen to at least 70% of it and never heard mention of Liberace so I don’t know how researched this show. Great idea though, I really wanted to like it.

AJTauk🦋 ,

BECOMING AN ICON ! GOAL 🥅 🎼⚽️ 🥇🏆⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💙💛💙💛it!!

Aloha,
Thank you so much Lilliana & Joseph Carrillo for creating such and AMAZING podcast about the talent behind Spanish- Latin music!
It is always great to learn more about the path of their dreams before and after of BECOMING AN ICON and inspire others to make their dream a reality.
I can’t wait for the next episode ☺️!!

“Work hard until your dream become your reality.”

Gracias 🦋
Anneris J. Blair
Montauk, NY

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