Blessings and Miracles

Blessings and Miracles is the twenty-sixth studio album by American rock band Santana. The album was released on October 15, 2021, by Starfaith LLC and BMG Rights Management[4][5] and produced by Carlos Santana himself, who prepared it over the course of two years.[6]

Blessings and Miracles
Santana Blessings and Miracles.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 15, 2021
GenreLatin rock
Santana chronology
Africa Speaks
Blessings and Miracles
Singles from Blessings and Miracles
  1. "Move"
    Released: August 18, 2021
  2. "She's Fire"
    Released: August 20, 2021
  3. "Whiter Shade of Pale"
    Released: September 24, 2021
  4. "Joy"
    Released: October 11, 2021
  5. "Ghost of Future Pull / New Light"
    Released: October 14, 2021[1][2]
  6. "America For Sale"
    Released: October 14, 2021[3]
  7. "Yo Estaré"
    Released: April 15, 2022

The album features a number of guests, including Chris Stapleton, Ally Brooke, Corey Glover, Kirk Hammett, Chick Corea, Gayle Moran Corea, Steve Winwood and Rob Thomas, with whom Santana recorded again over 20 years after their hit "Smooth".[7] Many of the collaborations were recorded remotely.[6][8]

In July 2021, he announced his signing with BMG Rights Management to release the album.[9][10]


When asked about the reason behind the change of style from Africa Speaks to Blessings and Miracles, Santana said it was "intuition" which told him to "get back on the radio in the four corners of the world and touch people's hearts. Because of this [pandemic], people need hope and courage. [...] Blessings and Miracles is a divine attempt to help people have a deep sense of self-worth. There are a lot of people out there who have very low self-esteem."[8]

He held a think tank meeting at his office and asked for names that could help him in his objective to get back on the radio.[11]

According to Santana, the title of the album comes from "my belief that we're born with heavenly powers that allows us to create blessings and miracles".[6][12] He believes music has such power.[7] He also saw the album as "mystical medicine music to heal an infected world of fear and darkness."[8] The cover art features an image of Tlāloc, the Aztec god of rain.[8]

Song informationEdit

"Joy", featuring Chris Stapleton, was inspired by Bob Marley's and John Lennon's ideals of union and was defined by Santana as "the ultimate medicine and remedy against fear."[8]

The album features a cover of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale". According to Santana, he was in Hyde Park performing with Eric Clapton and, while Gary Clark Jr. was playing, he told Steve Winwood "I hear you singing 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' and playing the organ and me playing guitar, and doing it completely differently — more like an African, Cuban, Puerto Rican guajira style. Very sexy." With the help of Narada Michael Walden, the collaboration was arranged.[8]

Santana originally invited Aerosmith's Steven Tyler to sing on "America for Sale", but he wasn't available, so he asked the other guest of the song (Metallica's Kirk Hammett) for a suggestion and he came up with his friend Mark Osegueda from Death Angel.[8]

Blessings and Miracles features two songs written by Santana's children: "Breathing Underwater", by Stella, and "Rumbalero", by Salvador. When he heard the latter for the first time, he had to Shazam it to find out it was his own son's music. He requested permission from both to record their songs on his then upcoming album and both thought he was kidding at first.[8]

"Yo Estaré", the Spanish version of the song "Break" featuring Ally Brooke, was released as a single on April 15, 2022, having previously only been released on the vinyl version of the album.[13]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [15]
The Arts Desk     [16]
Classic Rock     [17]
Entertainment WeeklyC[18]
Hot Press3/10[19]
Mojo     [20]
Rolling Stone France     [21]

Blessings and Miracles received generally favorable reviews from critics noted at review aggregator Metacritic. It has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100, based on 5 reviews.[14]

Kronen Zeitung felt that the album "only partially succeeds in terms of the quality of the 15 songs" and that it didn't "come close" to 1999's Supernatural. He thought some aspects of the album were "calculated", such as the guests.[22]

The French edition of Rolling Stone felt that the album could be "a little too mainstream for those who dream of a 'real' return to the roots" and that Blessing and Miracles "perhaps does not carry in it the hoped-for miracles". They praised songs like "Santana Celebration" and "Peace Power" and rated the album 3.5/5.[21]

In a review for, Christian Flack said the album proves that Santana's "creativity and musical genius are far from exhausted" and felt it was "fresh and charismatic". He didn't see any weak moments and ultimately called it "a strong, musically broad-based [...] and highly ambitious album with a star cast and outstanding guitar solos."[23]

Writing for, Philipp Kause saw the album as a sort of a "sampler" due to the many guests and genres and congratulated it for containing "something for everyone". He also felt that the album "seems much more suitable for everyday use, less cerebral, no longer tailored to a jazz / exoticism elite" and that "snippets of film from the Woodstock concert document will appear in your mind's eye while listening to it". On the other hand, he felt that the album failed at harmonizing "the beautiful charm of such sentimental songs like 'Whiter Shade of Pale' with crowbar production".[24]

Michael Galluci felt the album is "all over the place, but not without occasional highlights". He thought the album constantly shifts from songs reminiscent of their earliest years to music similar to Abraxas' and Shaman's. He also thought Santana wasn't as overshadowed by the guests as he was in his successful 1990s/2000s albums. He finished his review by calling it "a more genuine representation of Santana's music as they roll into another decade."[25]

AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine saw the album's spirit as "formulaic" rather than "fresh" as it was in 1999 (when Supernatural was released). He felt the guest vocalists were genuinely enthusiastic about their songs and conceded that "awkward fusions" such as G-Eazy's and Diane Warren's feats "make Blessings and Miracles seem like an album created by artists and not in a corporate boardroom". He ultimately said "that these diverse strands don't quite get threaded together is OK: as a collection of moments, Blessings and Miracles does the job."[15]

Track listingEdit

1."Ghost of Future Pull / New Light"SantanaSantana1:24
2."Santana Celebration"
3."Rumbalero" (featuring Salvador Santana and Asdru Sierra)
  • Santana
  • Salvador Santana
  • Asdru Sierra
  • Salvador Santana
  • Benny Rietveld
  • Asdru Sierra
4."Joy" (featuring Chris Stapleton)
  • Santana
  • Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton3:46
5."Move" (featuring Rob Thomas and American Authors)
  • Zac Barnett
  • Santana
  • Rob Thomas
  • Matt Sanchez
  • Dave Rublin
6."Whiter Shade of Pale" (featuring Steve Winwood)4:53
7."Break" (featuring Ally Brooke)Diane WarrenPeter Stengaard5:16
8."She's Fire" (featuring Diane Warren and G-Eazy)
  • Warren
  • Gerald Gillum
  • Stengaard
  • Ish Cano
9."Peace Power" (featuring Corey Glover)
  • Teddy Makombe
  • Santana
  • Corey Glover
10."America for Sale" (featuring Kirk Hammett and Marc Osegueda)Santana
  • Santana
  • Rubin
11."Breathing Underwater" (featuring Stella Santana, Avi Snow and MVCA)
  • Stella Santana
  • Marcus Burghardt
  • Justin Sales Koilparampil
  • Avi Snow
12."Mother Yes"
  • Santana
  • Nat Osaman
  • Loveliest Kofi Addison
  • Edwin Okoe Fiscian
  • Santana
  • Rubin
13."Song for Cindy"
  • Santana
  • Walden
  • Santana
  • Walden
14."Angel Choir/All Together" (featuring Chick Corea and Gayle Moran Corea)
  • Gayle Moran Corea
  • Chick Corea
15."Ghost of Future Pull II"SantanaSantana1:47
Total length:56:45


  • Carlos Santana : Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Percussion
  • Kirk Hammett : Lead Guitar
  • Tommy Anthony : Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals
  • Ish Cano : Additionnal Guitar, Programming
  • Benny Rietveld : Bass Guitar
  • J.T. Cure : Bass Guitar
  • Tammy Rogers : Violin, Octave Violin
  • Narada Michael Walden : Keyboards, Bass & Drum Programming
  • Chick Corea : Keyboards, Fender Rhodes Electric Piano
  • David K. Mathews : Keyboards, Hammond B3 Organ
  • Salvador Santana : Keyboards, Synthesizers
  • Peter Stengaard : Additionnal Keyboards, Programming, Drums, Bass, Additional Guitar
  • Justus Dobrin : Additionnal Keyboards
  • Asdru Sierra : Synthesizers, Drum Programming, Lead Vocals
  • Gayle Moran Corea : Lead Vocals, Angel Choir
  • Steve Winwood : Lead Vocals
  • Stella Santana : Lead Vocals
  • Rob Thomas : Lead Vocals
  • Chris Stapleton : Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar
  • Andy Vargas : Lead Vocals
  • Ally Brooke : Lead Vocals
  • Mark Osegueda : Lead Vocals
  • G-Eazy : Lead Vocals
  • Corey Glover : Lead Vocals
  • Gerald Gillum : Rap
  • Andy Snitzer : Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arrangement
  • Michael Davis : Trombone
  • Raúl Agraz : Trumpet
  • Tony Kadleck : Trumpet
  • Cindy Blackman Santana : Drums
  • Derek Mixon : Drums
  • Karl Perazzo : Timbales, Congas, Percussion, Vocals
  • Matt Sanchez : Percussion, Programming, Backing Vocals
  • Cindy Mizelle, Dave Rublin, Erica Hansen, Jerry Barnes, Jessie Wagner, Katie Sanchez, Lisa Fischer, Zac Barnett : Backing Vocals


Chart performance for Blessings and Miracles
Chart (2021) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[26] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[27] 147
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[28] 100
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[29] 66
French Albums (SNEP)[30] 89
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[31] 7
Italian Albums (FIMI)[32] 52
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[33] 16
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[34] 25
Scottish Albums (OCC)[35] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 15
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[37] 13
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[38] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[39] 39
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[40] 17
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[41] 38


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