During the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, pastor and worship leader Danilo Montero received a Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Christian Album for his acclaimed project La Carta Perfecta (The Perfect Letter). The award ceremony was held recently at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Recorded live at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas where TV Evangelist Joel Osteen serves as the senior pastor, "La Carta Perfecta" is Montero's first album in three albums. Montero is the pastor of Iglesia Lakewood the church's thriving Hispanic congregation whose services are broadcast each week by Daystar and Enlace/TBN television network. Since Lakewood Church is also where Israel Houghton serves as the worship pastor, it is therefore not surprising that "La Carta Pefecta" was produced by New Breed's Coalo Zomorano.
Setting the lyrical tenor of the record is the title cut and single "La Carta Perfecta." Here Jesus is likened to the perfect love letter where every word he says is God's first and last testament to us; where the poetry of his love has a way of captivating our hearts and where his words bring clarity to us when we are confused. Few worship songs today have been quip with such a controlling metaphor as this one which is also judiciously and creatively expounded throughout the song. This album has become one of Montero's most successful projects, debuting at No. 10 on Billboard's "Latin Pop Albums" chart and receiving nominations for a Dove Award and Premio Arpa (Harp Award), among other accolades within the music industry.
Montero recorded La Carta Perfecta live at Lakewood Church, where he serves as pastor of Iglesia Lakewood, the Houston-based church's thriving Hispanic congregation. The album is available globally through Integrity Music with distribution through retail stores and all major digital service providers including iTunes and Amazon.
Upon receiving the Latin GRAMMY, Montero expressed his happiness and gratitude as he accepted the award: "Thank you very much. Many thanks to the members of the Academy. Total surprise... after 25, 30 years of making Christian music. Completely unexpected and very special..."
Ryan Dunham, President of Integrity Music, was present at the ceremony and commented: "We have always believed in Danilo's musical and teaching gifts. He is very respected and loved within the Church and among his music industry peers. It's an honor to represent him and we are thrilled to see his talents recognized within the larger, global Latin music community."