Personnel: Prince Royce (vocals); Giselle Baluja (vocals); Dennis Vargas, Gio Williams (guitar); Andrés Castro (ukulele); Victoria Stepanenko, Pedro Alfonso (violin); Konstantin Litvinenko (cello); Miami Symphonic Studio Orchestra (strings); Randy Singer (harmonica); Ismael Vergara (saxophone, tenor saxophone); José Sibaja (trumpet); Domingo Pagliuca (trombone); Efrain "Junito" Davila (keyboards); Luisito Quintero (conga drum, percussion); Raúl Bier (bongos); Robert Rosario (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Alfredo Matheus.
Recording information: Audio Vision Studios; Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Kite Music Productions, Los Angeles, CA; Nightbird Recording Studios, San Francisco, CA; NovaPop Studios, Miami, FL; Paltinum Studios, New York, NY; Paradise Studios, Hollywood, CA; Setai Recording Studios, Miami, FL; The ROBO Dojo, New York, NY; Xstrings Studios, Miami, FL.
Photographer: Omar Cruz .
Coming off a hits collection and moving on to a new label with this 2013 release, young bachatero Prince Royce skillfully becomes a mature crossover artist on Soy el Mismo, effortlessly mixing slick pop tracks with solid bachata. Any over-anxious pop moments experienced on his earlier efforts are wiped away once the commanding club track, "Already Missing You" with Selena Gomez, hits the speakers, as the tune is his most comfortable crossover moment to date, combining lustful yearning, EDM breakdowns, and a daring ending that leaves the listener -- like the song's hero -- hanging. Balance that with the more traditional bachata cut "Darte un Beso," and the album has a highlight from both sides of Royce's wide reach with "You Are Fire" being the surprise, mostly acoustic ballad. ~ David Jeffries