Milwaukee – Over five-hundred spectators flocked to Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom to see the first-time appearance of the Mexican pop sibling duo, Jesse & Joy; which are recent winners of the Latin Grammy for best contemporary pop vocal album of the year.
Earlier this year the duo announced their 17 city U.S. Tour titled “Un Besito Más” (One Last Kiss) on their social media accounts. The tour was set to kick off on Oct. 1 in Indio, California, and would take them across the states to important cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Milwaukee.
“I’m going to try to not cry,” said Joy, in a very emotional, yet heartwarming speech of their latest Latin Grammy award on Nov. 17th. “This is in memory of our daddy who passed away, for our mother who is at home, and for all the Latinos in this country, as well as all of the minority communities.”
The tour was named after their fourth studio album released on December 4th of last year, which was named after one of their hits by the same name included in the album.
They duo revealed on the stage of Turner Hall that they wrote the song a couple of weeks after their father passed away; titling it “one last kiss”, as a tribute to their father, who they wish they could give one last kiss to.
“Take out your phone and turn on your light,” said Joy. “Do it in memory of all those people you wish you could give one last kiss…”
It was here when they asked the production crew to turn down the lights of the building, and had the crowed join them in an emotional gesture of love.
It’s been a decade since the two siblings started to write and record music together. In those ten years, they have released four studio albums, a string of #1 hits, sold out tours across the Americas, and have been awarded a total of five Latin Grammys.
This venue was incredibly special for the duo, not only because it was the first time they had performed in Milwaukee. But, it was the first time they had their relatives, see them in a live performance.
“You guys are the best crowed we have had so far in the tour,” said the duo, as the crowd roared with passion.
The artist are part of the new generation of Latino artists; a unique bicultural sibling duo, as their father is from Mexico City and their mother is American, coincidentally from Wisconsin.
“I absolutely love them,” said Lucia, one of the excited fans in the ballroom, as she eagerly awaited their reveal on stage. “I love that they are like us, Mexican-American, they understand us and know who we are.”
This part of their cultural heritage can be seen in one of their most famous songs, “Dueles”, which has racked up more than 58-million views on YouTube, which is boasted as a bilingual video.
“We are both of these cultures,” as Jesse had stated on previous occasions. “It’s not Jesse & Joy following trends. When people were trying to sing in both languages, we didn’t. Now we have this opportunity, and it just feels sort of natural. We can’t separate who we are.”