Luis Fonsi


Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, more commonly known as Luis Fonsi, (born April 15, 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Latin Grammy winning Puerto Rican singer and composer. Born in Puerto Rico, Fonsi and his family later moved to Orlando, Florida, during Fonsi's early childhood. He participated in many local boy bands, including Big Guys, where he met, and befriended future *NSYNC member Joey Fatone.

Instead of choosing to keep a pattern of trying to find stardom in the United States with a boy band, Fonsi chose to better prepare himself for a future, stable career inside show business. He went to Florida State University to study vocal techniques. Meanwhile, he began to record demo tapes in Miami. While he was at FSU, he was overheard singing by a university music department president, who offered him a contract with a recording company.

In 1998, Fonsi recorded his first album, “Comenzaré” (“I Will Begin”). “Comenzaré” became an instant hit in Puerto Rico and across Latin America, with Fonsi conquering such markets as Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, and Venezuela. His 2000 follow-up, “Eterno,” was equally successful.

Around this time, Fonsi also recorded a duet with Christina Aguilera for her 2000 Spanish-Language album, “Mi Reflejo.” Also in 2000, Ednita Nazario won a Latin Grammy for a song composed by Fonsi.

In 2001, a re-mix of “Comenzaré” and “Eterno” was issued, while Fonsi worked on his next album, 2002's “Amor Secreto.” Fonsi then released an album in English, “Fight the Feeling,” also in 2002.

In 2004 Luis recorded a duet with Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls for her second studio solo album “Free Me Free Me.” The song “Amazing” was a ballad taken from a mature, sophisticated and classy 60s style lounge/pop music album which includes orchestrated and bossanova numbers.

His fifth album, 2003’s “Abrazar la Vida,” sold very well, which opened new markets in Europe. “Quien te Dijo Eso?” was a successful single from the album. His sixth full-length release, 2005’s “Paso a Paso,” launched him into international markets. “Nada es Para Siempre” was a #1 hit and was a nominee for the Latin Grammy Awards.

Fonsi cracked the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for the first time in September 2008 with his song “No Me Doy Por Vencido,” debuting at #98 and peaking at #92. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart, his biggest hit to date. The single appeared on his 2008 album, “Palabras del Silencio.” It became his second album, along with “Amor Secreto” to reach #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart. It also reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Fonsi’s album “Tierra Firme” was released 2011 and included international hits “Gritar,” “Respira” and “Claridad.” The album became his third #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart.

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