Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters

Ep. 155 - ERIKA ENDER ("Despacito")

Episode Summary

"Despacito" co-writer, Latin Grammy award winner, Grammy Song of the Year nominee, and inductee into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Erika Ender joins us to talk about her remarkable career that has yielded more than 40 chart-topping singles around the globe.

Episode Notes

Part One:
Scott and Paul chat about recording a special song as a gift for your loved one, shout-out our most recent Patreon supporters, make wild speculations about Bob Dylan, and discuss why spite motivated Scott to get a second Grammy nomination.  

Part Two:
Our in-depth interview with Erika Ender

About Erika Ender:
Though best known as the co-writer of the international hit “Despacito,” Panamanian-born Erika Ender is an accomplished songwriter and singer who has written or co-written more than 40 chart topping singles. Working in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, Erika’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Justin Bieber, Akon, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Mark Anthony, Chayanne, Gloria Trevi, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Prince Royce, and Jenny Rivera. She’s one of only two women to write a Spanish language song that’s climbed to the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100; she’s the only Hispanic woman to be nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy; and she was the youngest person ever inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. The two-time Latin Grammy winner was named by People en Espanol magazine as one of its 25 Most Powerful Women and she has carved out an impressive artist career of her own with successful singles such as “Abreme La Puerta,” “Luna Nueva,” “Cheque Al Portador,” “Quien Sale No Entra,” Sigo Caminando,” “Darnos un Dia” and “Te Conozco de Antes.”