Rique Pantoja, adjunct professor of contemporary piano, released his newest album, “Nova Vida,” in June 2020. After a long process of developing the album, Pantoja released “Nova Vida” with songs ranging in style from pop, salsa, samba, R&B and funk.
“Nova Vida” is all about Pantoja’s personal journey with the Lord. Pantoja decided to first release it in Portuguese, his native language, but has plans to later release Spanish, English and instrumental versions as well.
“My prayer is that these songs would reach many places on the planet and as people sing or just enjoy this music, that their hearts would turn to God and they'd come to a real relationship with Him,” said Pantoja.
Pantoja currently teaches contemporary piano, songwriting, arranging, recording and production at Biola University and has worked in many different capacities throughout his career including composer, arranger, songwriter, producer and jazz pianist. He’s worked with artists such as Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Tommy Walker and in the movie/television industry on Rio, Jungle 2 Jungle, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and various commercials for Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Honda, to name a few.
Below watch a video of “Nova Vida,” the title track from “Nova Vida.”