Watch a New Video for “Move,” from Santana ft. Rob Thomas and American Authors (New Album Out 10/15)


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Back in August, Carlos Santana shared a new single, “Move,” another collaboration with Matchbox Twenty vocalist Rob Thomas. You may recall the two linked up back in 1999 for “Smooth,” which became a global smash-hit and remains one of the most popular pop/rock songs of the past several decades, even more than two decades later.

In the same spirit as “Smooth,” “Move” has a bouncy rhythm, a ripping guitar lead and catchy chorus delivered by Thomas and American Authors, who provide backing vocals. On Thursday, an official music video for the song made its debut:

“Move” is a preview of Blessings and Miracles, a new Santana record set for release on Oct. 15.

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“‘Move’ came about very much like how ‘Smooth’ happened,” Santana said in a statement. “It was like divine intelligence behind the scenes, and I just knew I had to record it with Rob. The song is about awakening your molecules. Ignite and activate yourself – you know, move. When Rob and I work together, we have a sound that’s splendiferous.”

Also shared ahead of the album release was a cover of the Procol Harum classic, “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” featuring Steve Winwood:

Apparently, this collaboration had been in the works for a while. Per a news release:

Santana recalls how he and Winwood were at a show in London’s Hyde Park, and he went up to him and suggested they record the song. “I said, ‘You and I have to do it, but we’re going to do it very sexy, like a Hare Krishna but with congas.’ I played the components in his ear, and he said, ‘I hear it, Carlos. You’re right.’ So that’s what we did – it’s Santana, Cuban, Puerto Rican in an African way. And man, you talk about sexy. Steve’s voice is so sexy and beautiful.”

Another track shared from the album is “She’s Fire,” a collaboration with Diane Warren and rapper G-Eazy:

Revisiting the inspiration that spawned 1999’s Supernatural album, Santana teams up with a host of other notable names for the new record, the guest list including Chris Stapleton, Steve Winwood, Chick Corea, Rick Rubin, Corey Glover, Kirk Hammett, Ally Brooke and Narada Michael Walden, among others.

Of the many guests who join him on the record, he says:

“I don’t choose people – it’s like I’m chosen. But, of course, I’m honored to work with such incredible artists. I’m a surfer riding those waves that become songs by different artists, creators and architects. I’m very fortunate that I have the opportunity to do that. It’s a gift I don’t take for granted.”

As for the backing band supporting the legendary guitarist, a news release notes that Blessings and Miracles “features bravura performances from members of Santana’s touring band (including drummer Cindy Blackman Santana and singer Tommy Anthony), as well as impeccable vocals and keyboards by the guitarist’s son, Salvador Santana, and stunning lead vocals by daughter, Stella Santana.”

The album’s track listing:

1. Ghost of Future Pull/ New Light
2. Santana Celebration
3. Rumbalero (featuring Salvador Santana & Asdru Sierra)
4. Joy (Carlos Santana & Chris Stapleton)
5. Move (Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas, Zac Barnett & American Authors)
6. A Whiter Shade of Pale (featuring Steve Winwood)
7. Break (featuring Ally Brooke)
8. She’s Fire (Diane Warren, G-Eazy & Carlos Santana)
9. Peace Power (featuring Corey Glover)
10. America for Sale (featuring Kirk Hammett & Marc Osegueda)
11. Breathing Underwater (featuring Stella Santana, Avi Snow, MVCA)
12. Mother Yes
13. Song for Cindy
14. Angel Choir (featuring Gayle Moran Corea)/ All Together (featuring Chick Corea)
15. Ghost of Future Pull II

Santana and his band are on the road right now, as well — the remaining dates:

9/21/21 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
9/22/21 Simpsonville, SC CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
9/24/21 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
9/25/21 Augusta, GA The James Brown Arena
9/26/21 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
9/28/21 Chattanooga, TN Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
9/29/21 Franklin, TN First Bank Amphitheater
10/1/21 Tulsa, OK Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort
10/2/21 Durant, OK Choctaw Grand Theater

His Las Vegas residency at House of Blues was recently extended into 2022, as well. The dates:

2021 Performances:
  • Nov. 3, 5 – 7, 10, 12 – 14
  • Dec. 1, 3 – 5, 8, 10 – 12
2022 Performances: – just added!
  • Jan. 26, 28 – 30
  • Feb. 2, 4 – 6
  • May 18, 20 – 22, 25, 27 – 29

In related news, Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire also rescheduled their anticipated Miraculous Supernatural tour for the summer of 2022. The trek was supposed to take place this past summer before being pushed a year to Summer 2021 — but now that, too, has been rescheduled for 2022 due to the logistical uncertainty of mass gatherings in the coming months.


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