When Carlos Santana collaborates, big things tend to happen. That might be why Outkast's Big Boi, Mary J. Blige and Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am are among the many artists who signed on for the guitar great's latest album.
All That I Am, due November 1, features Big Boi and Blige on a track called "My Man" (penned by the Outkast rapper with Rob Thomas; Thomas co-wrote Santana's 2000 hit, "Smooth"), and Will on "I Am Somebody." Other guests include Bo Bice on "Brown Skin Girl," Sean Paul and Joss Stone on "Cry Baby Cry," Aerosmith's Steven Tyler on "Just Feel Better," Anthony Hamilton on "Twisted," Los Lonely Boys on "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" and guitar virtuosos Robert Randolph and Metallica's Kirk Hammett on the aptly titled "Trinity," according to Santana's publicist.
All That I Am's first single, "I'm Feeling You," features Michelle Branch and her new group, the Wreckers, and was written by the red-hot team of John Shanks and Kara DioGuardi (see "Ashlee And Hilary's Hitmaker Is Eager To Work With Paris Hilton"). Branch last worked with Santana on the Grammy-winning "The Game of Love," from the latter's 2002 album, Shaman (see "Santana Says Angels Recommended Michelle Branch For Song").
Santana produced the new album with J Records domo Clive Davis, the man behind both Shaman and his hugely successful Supernatural, which sold more than 23 million copies worldwide.
On Thursday, Santana kicks off the second leg of his Embrace Your Light Tour in San Jose, California. Robert Randolph and the Family Band and the Salvador Santana Band (fronted by Carlos's son) are opening on the trek, which lasts through mid-October.