Award-Winning Latin Music Producer to Give Presentation at Benedictine College

Award-Winning Latin Music Producer to Give Presentation at Benedictine College

Published: Friday, October 02, 2015


The Benedictine College Department of World & Classical Languages and the Office of the Dean of the College are pleased to offer a special presentation by Pedro “sP” Polanco. The award-winning Latin music producer and songwriter will talk about “Being Bilingüe (Musically Speaking)” on Monday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Polanco moved to New York City when he was seven. In that setting, he was surrounded by multiple languages and musical genres that left their mark on his unique style as a producer and songwriter.

Polanco began his career with the duo, Xtreme, when urban bachata was first drawing attention, collaborating on their top-10 song, "Te extraño," and a self-titled album that was pivotal to mainstream recognition of urban bachata, guitar-based romantic music that originated in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s and has become one of the hottest Latin genres today. Following that collaboration, sP worked as the in-house producer for Urban Box Office for two years, during which time he produced Reggaetón Niños Volumes 1 and 2, both of which sold over one million copies.

Polanco left UBO to begin producing on his own, and shortly thereafter, he worked with Toby Love on his second album, Llorar lloviendo. That top-10 production peaked at number two on the Latin Billboard Tropical chart and earned Polanco an ASCAP Award in 2009. Since then, sP has continued to produce and write for top Latin artists from all genres. He has over ten Top 10 songs on the Latin Billboard charts to his credit, and he is a two-time Grammy nominee.

Polanco's most recent endeavor is his newly-formed production/artist development company, sP Music, which he sees as necessary to filling a void in the industry with regards to artist development and mentoring.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.