Spanglish, Diversity, and Music Come Together as One in “Kiero” by Jannexee Serrano
Jannexee Serrano is a music artist from Houston, Texas who makes music with the combination of Spanish & English, or as we know “Spanglish” in hopes of expressing her diversity and representing an important part of her life which is her culture. Singer and songwriter Jannexee has been blessed with the opportunity to feature fellow local Houston artist Ydnasty. Together the Columbian and Mexican duo are showing their love and appreciation for the Latino community. Serrano’s new single “Kiero” is a song with dream Pop influences that will have you up and dancing! The singer effortlessly transitions between English and Spanish vocals, highlighting her message that diversity always wins.
A very catchy track with back and forth clash between the two talented artists highlighting Serrano’s soft vocals and Ydnasty’s rapping style. “Kiero” definitely brings a Shakira type vibe to her collaboration with fun and playful lyrics. These artists really create an intimate setting that will get you in the mood for "Kiero", better translated into love/want. “Kiero” is definitely a track you want to add to that special playlist of yours! We love this track so much, we seriously can’t wait to see what’s next for Jannexee Serrano and the future of Spanglish music.
Listen to "Kiero" here.
Hi Jannexee and welcome to BuzzMusic! Tell us, what made you want to become an artist?
Hi! So, I grew up heavily involved with music my whole life. I grew up in the church so I was always part of the choir and played the piano. Once, I reached middle school my parents so how much of an impact music had on me so they enrolled me in a music school to start obtaining my associates in voice performance. So music has always a part of my life. It wasn’t until recently after I graduated from college that I decided to just go for it and show my love for my music.
Why is it so important that you incorporate Spanglish into all of your tracks?
It is SO important to me because both my parents were born in Mexico. Growing up, Spanish was my first language. I did not know English until I started school. So to be completely honest my music being Spanglish is an actual depiction of how my brain is working. I do not think or respond only in one language. I wanted to show my bicultural and bi-literate roots in my music. I have been told that I have to change to only doing English before but the reality is that is not even how my brain operates. I want to express through my music how assimilation is not it especially in today’s world.
For those of us that don’t know Spanish can you translate some of the lyrics in “Kiero” and explain how they complement the English verses?
So Kiero is actually “like or want” in English. Kiero is actually spelled “Quiero” but the “Kiero” spelling is known as the slang way here in the US. So I wanted to take that and make that personal. “Kiero” is talking about a woman’s wish list based on what they want in a man. It starts in Spanish but translated in English means “late at night, I stay up alone. Thinking about where you are at these hours.” And then I continue in English, “I chug all my f****** bottles and I leave them f****** empty like my poor heart is without knowing you.” So all my music, I believe almost paints a picture for the audience to feel what my music is expressing.
You and Ydnasty have such a fun combined sound. What made you want to collaborate with him and what was it like recording together?
So I had recently met Ydnasty at a Houston underground showcase and HIS ENERGY IS OUT OF THIS PLANET. I knew that I had to ask him to feature on “Kiero.” He is Colombian and his music is Spanglish as well so it was perfect. The recording was crazy like I said his energy is outta this world. We just kept feeding off each other’s ideas and it was dope. He actually encouraged me to sing more on it. Our engineer Tez is so talented and understands reggaeton and my sound, so it was definitely a team effort!
Thanks for chatting with us. We love your message of diversity and look forward to more hits! Can you tell us a bit about your musical influences and how this will impact your future songs?
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me! So like I said the first years of my life I only knew Spanish. So I listened to a lot of Celia Cruz, Jaci Velasquez, Daddy Yankee, and Don Omar. As I got older like in my early teens I became obsessed with dream pop. I would mainly listen to Lana Del Rey, Lily Allen, and MARINA. Marina and the diamonds were totally my go-to. So in all my songs, you can totally hear those dream-pop references. You can totally look forward to that in my future songs!