"Belio Antonio: Simplemente Yo" (Just Me) is a collection of salsa songs reflecting this singer-songwriter's profound lyrics, melodic voice and snazzy musical arrangements that is quickly becoming a favorite of salsa dancers and enthusiasts. This album combines Belio Antonio's originality, natural singing style and rhythm, as well as lyrics about relationships and social issues to offer fans a new salsa experience.
A top choice among listeners of New York City's #1 Salsa station La Mega 97.9 FM, this album features Belio Antonio's hit singles "Ella Fue," "Tortura de Amor," "No Se Compra La Esperanza," and "Sin Tu Amor."
“Salsa speaks to the heart of all people by reflecting our collective character which is ambitious, loving, warm, struggling and yet tough and resilient,” says Belio Antonio.
Belio Antonio’s eclectic background, dedication, and passion set him apart as a salsa singer-songwriter. Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico he later moved to New York City, into the heart of the emergent movement today known as “Salsa.” Belio Antonio later relocated from the Big Apple to the Dominican Republic (DR). While in the DR he had the opportunity to become better acquainted with his parent’s Dominican heritage, which he embraced as his own. It was in the Dominican Republic that he discovered his passion for salsa and his natural ability for lyrical composition and singing.
Some comments from the "Belio Antonio: Simplemente Yo" album:
[Ella Fue] "After I perform this song, I always get the question: “Who did you write it for?” It’s for anyone who has experienced love and passion that hurts, but just can’t get enough of it. Usually the first step toward recovery is the realization of one’s situation. I wrote this song while driving on I-90 West in Upstate New York."
[Sin Tu Amor] "Este tema nace de una nostalgia. Quisimos crear un sonido hipnótico que te lleve a sentir la ansiedad y el anhelo de un amor que se pierde. Creo que este es uno de mis temas más románticos y apasionados. Afortunados somos los que nos hemos rendido por completo al amor por lo menos una vez."
[No Se Compra La Esperanza] "Esta canción fue inspirada por un platanero que vi en las calles de Santo Domingo. Su sonrisa sobrepasaba su necesidad. Escribí la letra desde su punto de vista y está basada en el dicho popular 'Lo último que se pierde es la esperanza.'"
Today, Belio Antonio is an experienced salsa singer and performer as well as a professor of communications at the University of Florida. His experiences as a Puerto Rican, New Yorker, Dominican, scholar, community activist, dancer, singer-songwriter, and now producer have all contributed to this new album that is quickly becoming a favorite of salsa lovers.