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Osvaldo Supino. Photo via Facebook

Osvaldo Supino has just released his fourth album, “Sparks,” as well as his fifth album, “Luces” – the English-language “Sparks” simultaneously recorded in Spanish.

The Spanish recording is a first for Supino, 34, of Milan, who recently wrapped a quick press tour in South Florida.

“Music is probably the only thing that can move a part of our soul, the soul of the people. It’s not controlled by the mind,” he said. “I really believe that no matter the language, you listen to a song from a country you don’t know in a language you don’t know and it moves you still.”

Supino, who previously recorded only in English, described “Sparks”/“Luces” as “very personal and autobiographic work.”

“Sparks is what we’re always looking for in life, every moment, in a relationship. To look for sparks, you have to have your eyes – and your heart – open,” he said. “The first thing, which is absolutely not easy to do, is look at yourself. Go deep inside yourself and look for the real truth.”

Supino, who co-produced and co-wrote both albums, said the message behind them is “communication.”  

We’re in an era in which everybody has Instagram, and that’s great. We can connect with everybody in every moment in every part of the world. But we need to communicate with our souls, our hearts. It’s something we are very afraid to do,” he said. “If you don’t play, you don’t know if you can win a game.”

Creating “Sparks”/“Luces” has had a “therapeutic” effect on Supino, he said.

“I am a very shy person. I’m scared sometimes to get burned, to get hurt by people. You need to find a way to have trust in someone,” he said.

Supino said his songs “share messages of freedom, of being yourself.”

“What I try to do, really, is to inspire people to be strong, to be themselves and to love themselves. It’s probably the most difficult thing to learn on this planet. No one can teach you how to do it.

“What I did in my career is always be very honest,” he added. “I didn’t have a true coming out. I always said I was gay. In Europe and also here in the United States, I don’t have a problem. When I do interviews, it’s not about, ‘Oh my God, I’m gay!’ When they ask me if I have a boyfriend or if I’m single, I say, ‘No, I’m still looking for my new boy!’ It’s something that flows with me very easily.”

Supino aims “to inspire people with this naturality, this confidence,” he said.

“It’s not easy, I know. You need to work on yourself. I still believe there is so much love on the Earth, we just need to find it.”

Both albums contain 10 tracks, each recorded by Supino in English and Spanish. They’re available for download ($11.49 each) and on major streaming services.

Supino has also released English and Spanish-language music videos for the albums’ song “How Do We Know” (“Cómo Saber”). The videos have had about 150,000 combined YouTube views since February.

The “Sparks”/“Luces” songs are a mix of fun and substance, he said.

Supino is most proud of album track “Cold Again” (“Me Enfrío Más”), “which speaks about depression and mental-health issues.”

“I lived those moments, too,” he said. “I think it’s very important to share your experiences. I was really unsure whether I was strong enough to put a very personal song like that one in the album. Then, I thought that doing that might help somebody else, from feeling not alone like I felt.”

Osvaldo Supino - Cómo Saber

Osvaldo Supino - How Do We Know