Andrew Mark Mclaughlin is a Canadian-born author, composer, writer, professor of language, and lover of Latin culture and music of Canadian origin. Born in Oshawa, Ontario in 1977, he reveals a special sensitivity from an early age.
He developed his teenage life between studies, sports and his first approach to music where he participated in a rock band called Trailerpark Cinderellas.
Being a teenager and on a vacation visit to the Dominican Republic in the bateyes to the rhythm of the cane cutting, he discovers the magic and rhythm of Latin music that will become one of his two great passions, the other, the spirit of public service accompanied by his delivery as a teacher.
First, he continued his studies at the University of Toronto, then at the University of Salamanca, Spain. And finally, at the Faculty of Education at York University.
In 2001, he started working as a professor of literature and language in Pickering, Ontario. That same year, he started composing and singing.
In 2006, with that permanent concern that characterizes him, he and Carmen Muñoz Franco founded Learning for Hope (Aprendiendo por la Esperanza), which is a non-profit organization, with the sole intention of working with educational communities in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco, Peru. The project operates to the present day.
The heart of the project is an educational center for boys and girls in orphanages, including victims of human trafficking.
In 2010, as an enlargement of the project, he arrived in El Salvador to work with the Agape Foundation, which does charity work throughout the country.
Thanks to this work, he met Rubén Flamenco, the director of Salsalvador Allstars, which is the most important salsa band in the country.
In honor of Geovanny Torres, a common friend who was suffering from a sad disease, Andrew composed his first song in Spanish, “Cúrame con Salsa”, a song that continues to be played on the radio stations of the country.
Due to the success of this song, the opportunity arises to play the song Terremoto with Giro Lopez, celebrated Puerto Rican salsa singer. Since then, with that energy, creativity and strength that characterize him, he has created more than a thousand songs ranging from salsa to cumbia including bachata and romantic ballad.
His mind and adventurous spirit have taken him out to many places where he has had the opportunity to meet many musicians, who are ambassadors of his creativity today, including Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, El Salvador, Chile and Colombia.
By: Diana Marie Miami Correspondent for International Salsa Magazine
SOME OF HIS SONGS
FRANKY SWING & DAVID CUEVAS: MI MEJOR MEDICINA
YANI BORRELL: TE DEDICO
IZIS LA ENFERMERA DE LA SALSA: CORRE CONMIGO
FRANKY SWING: TE AMO LOCAMENTE (MEXICO AND VENEZUELA)
LUIGGY LAMBIS: MI GRAN AMOR (COLOMBIA AND CHILE)
LUIGGY LAMBIS: CHICA SALSERA (COLOMBIA AND CHILE)
NKLABE & SALZON: MANOS DE AMOR (PUERTO RICO & EL SALVADOR)
*NOMINATED FOR TROPICAL SONG OF THE YEAR
*Produced by: Diego Gale
GIRO LOPEZ: TERREMOTO (PUERTO RICO)
*It reached No. 1 on the SALSOUL RADIO charts
GIRO LOPEZ: AQUÍ ESTARE (PUERTO RICO)
*It reached No. 4 on the Miami DJ pool chart
EMI SANTIAGO: ESCLAVO DE AMOR (COLOMBIA)
*It reached No. 1 on the LA TROJA RADIO charts
SALSALVADOR ALLSTARS: CURAME CON SALSA (EL SALVADOR)
It reached third place in the World Salsa Championship 2020
SALSALVADOR ALLSTARS: SONRISONA (EL SALVADOR)
SALZON: SALSA SECRETA (EL SALVADOR)
SALZON: AMOR ILOGICO
CODIGO FHER: ESA SONRISA (BOLIVIA)