Grammy-winning artist Carlos Santana is in no rush to record the follow-up to his multiplatinum Supernatural. The guitarist is on sabbatical until May, when he plans to return to the studio, according to a statement issued by his publicist.
Santana said in the release that he wants to take time to focus on being a father and husband, following a hectic 18 months during which Supernatural shipped more than 13 million copies worldwide and the guitarist toured North America twice.
He said he hopes to have the new album ready by fall. "My main goal is to make music that will dismantle violence and, hopefully, work with other musicians that have that kind of intention," he said in the statement.
Last month, Santana said he would reteam with Clive Davis on the effort and named a wish list of collaborators that included Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Prince. "I dream big; I don't dream small," he said at the time, adding that he already had a batch of new songs for the LP.
Santana's publicist said no guests for the album have been confirmed. Supernatural, which was released in June 1999, featured Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on the smash "Smooth", as well as appearances by Dave Matthews, Everlast and Eric Clapton.
In addition to the nine Grammys Supernatural won last year, Santana took home four Billboard Music awards in December.