From his pioneering contributions to bossa nova to the era-defining Latin-pop sound of his iconic group Brasil ’66, Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes exploded onto the American music scene in the 1960s. He quickly produced many hit songs which earned him spots on some of the most popular television programs of the time, and he was invited by Presidents Nixon and Reagan to perform at the White House. He has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which went gold or platinum. He’s also a three-time Grammy® Award winner and an Oscar®-nominated songwriter. Throughout his six-decade career, he has seen a lot of innovations, but the one thing that he says has never changed is the JOY that music brings him.

This week, he joins Dr. Alan Campbell on Watching America to discuss his remarkable career ahead of a performance in Virginia Beach.

Listen to the interview.

Sergio Mendes will perform on August 16 at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach. Learn more and purchase tickets.