The mysterious, wavy figures on the poster are meant to back the soundtrack created by North Philadelphia singer/songwriter Brianna Castro. Her Pepsi playlist song is a Spanish-inspired track entitled “Acercate,” which translates to “come closer” in English, an ode to Hispanic Heritage Month around the NFL. The Week 4 anthem lulls listeners into a trance with screeching flutes and vibrating güiros before Castro takes over with her honeyed vocals, cutting the South Beach vibes with smooth Philly soul.
Amid a driving bass beat, Castro begs to “saque al calle,” or “take it to the street” – an impressive verse since she had never made a Spanish record until executive producer Chill Moody enlisted her for the project. The most challenging part? Learning how to pronounce the lyrics in a foreign language – and spit them out in rhythm.
“I was very excited. I love all things Philadelphia. I love sports. So, it was a no-brainer. I was just all in,” Castro said. “To be honest, I wanted to try something new, fresh. I had never made a song in Spanish, so it was a great opportunity to do that. Definitely (hard), just the way we pronounce things. I don’t know how else to say it. Not weird, just the mouth movements, just totally different.”
Castro is a rising star in the music industry and her silky collaborations on the hit track Do It Again (2021), plus her debut single Numb (2020), helped earn her a deal with Interscope Records. The music video for Numb saw half a million views on YouTube. She started her career by singing in the church choir and never looked back, repping the City of Brotherly Love through it all.
“This project makes me so proud because it’s so Philadelphia, just to be part of that,” Castro said. “It’s a great feeling.”
Kind of like what she felt on February 8, 2018, when the lifelong Eagles fan attended the Super Bowl Parade of Champions. Streets were shut down. People were climbing trees and light poles. And Brianna Castro walked from Center City to Northern Liberties to celebrate her favorite football team finally doing what many thought was impossible.
“The Super Bowl was my favorite memory because I was with my family. My dad was so happy. He’s been a huge Eagles fan my whole life,” Castro said.
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