Puerto Rico native’s heritage will show at Festival Latino

Growing up in Puerto Rico, young Obie Bermudez always knew he would end up making music.
He grew up in a musical family – his father a guitarist and bandleader, his grandfather a musician, and his mother a poet (if not professionally).
“It was love at first sight for me and the guitar,” the Texas-based R&B/salsa singer-songwriter told The Beat. “And my mom was always working on poetry. I didn’t know how to write a song (at the time) but I learned how to get an idea across.”
When his family moved to the United States when Obie was a teenager, the dream derailed a bit as Bermudez came to terms with a new language and a new culture, first in Chicago, then New Jersey. Settling in New Jersey eventually reinvigorated the dream, as Bermudez connected with a group of musical friends with whom he began to jam and write songs. Those songs eventually would become part of a demo recording he sent to record labels in New York City, which led to a development deal the summer after he graduated high school.
“Everything has a purpose,” Bermudez said.
His career has had its ups and downs, but he recently recorded his fifth album (Quien Me Lo Va a Creer), and is settled in Texas with his wife, singer Jennifer Pena, and 5-year-old son, Jobien.
“It’s difficult to be away from them when I have to play somewhere, but my wife is in music, so she gets it, and we have a good relationship,” he said.
While his style is smooth and contemporary acoustic guitar-based Latin R&B/pop, Bermudez said the influence of Puerto Rico is still strong in his music.
“It’s all over the music, from the guitar to the lyrics,” he said.