Pablo Villatoro left Group 1 Crew in 2011 to focus on his brand-new marriage and pursue other opportunities, leaving the band as a duo at the time. Since then, Blanca has set out on her own and Manwell Reyes is fronting the group.
After a few years of largely working outside music, serving in the church, forming a creative agency and doing speaking engagements, Villatoro announced on his birthday, Aug. 31, that he's releasing new music in late 2016.
The new record, Villatoro said in a Facebook post, will be called RBLS N LGNDS ("rebels and legends"), and he said people will hear his "entire journey compiled into one musical piece."
He promised a debut single "really, really soon."
Fans most recently heard Villatoro featured on Ricardo Sanchez's 2015 record, Grand Symphony, collaborating on the opening track, "Por Cristo, For Christ." He also has appeared on tracks by Raul Sanchez, Meka King, William McDowell and 4 Trinity in the last several years.