Carlos Vives is a highly decorated Colombian singer-songwriter who has had a string of hits across the Spanish-speaking world. His songs fuse the accordion-driven vallenato with rock, dance-pop and reggaeton. Miranda tried to channel Vives when he wrote "Colombia, Mi Encanto," so it was a significant moment when the Colombian star agreed to record the song for the film.
"I listened to a ton of his vallenatos and sort of wrote my version of what one of those would sound like," Miranda told Billboard
. "And to bring it full circle and have him record it with his band and his musicians, it brings 'Colombia, Mi Encanto' to another level of authenticity."