Emmanuel (singer)

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Birth nameJesús Emmanuel Arturo Acha Martinez
Born (1955-04-16) April 16, 1955 (age 63)
OriginMexico City, Mexico
Genresromantic ballad, Latin pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician, producer
InstrumentsVocals (Tenor), guitar, piano
Years active1976-present
LabelsRCA Victor
Ariola Records
Columbia Records
Sony Music
Sony BMG
Polygram Records
Universal Music

Emmanuel (born Jesús Emmanuel Arturo Acha Martinez, April 16, 1955, in Mexico City) is a Mexican singer who debuted in the 1970s.

He is the son of the late Argentinian-born bullfighter Raúl Acha, "Rovira", who appeared numerorus times in the Plaza de Acho in Lima, Peru. Emmanuel grew up in Chosica, a town about an hour from Lima, and attended Chosica's most prestigious boarding school, the Colegio Santa Rosa, of the Augustinian priests. His first wife was Spanish singer Conchita Martínez.[1]

Music career[edit]

Emmanuel's songs are usually ballads, which became popular during the 1980s. His fourth and most successful album to date, Íntimamente (Intimately), was written by the famous Spaniard ballad composer Manuel Alejandro in collaboration with Ana Magdalena. It was released in 1980 and had the following seven hit songs:

  • "Todo Se Derrumbó Dentro De Mí" ("Everything Collapsed Inside of Me")
  • "Quiero Dormir Cansado" ("I Want to Sleep Exhausted")
  • "El Día Que Puedas" ("Whenever You Get a Chance")
  • "Con Olor A Hierba" ("With the Scent of Grass")
  • "Tengo Mucho Que Aprender De Ti" ("I Have Much to Learn from You")
  • "Insoportablemente Bella" ("Unbearably Beautiful") (cover of Hernaldo Zúñiga's and Rudy Márquez's 1980 hit)
  • "Este Terco Corazón" ("This Stubborn Heart")
  • "Corazon de Melao" (later revived by Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung for his album "Touch of Love" in English)

The remaining songs on the album are "Esa Triste Guitarra" ("That Sad Guitar"), "Caprichosa María" ("Capricious Maria"), and "Eso Era La Vida" ("That Was Life"), the last of which is the only song on the album not composed by Alejandro-Magdalena.

His follow-up albums also enjoyed success with memorable love songs. Worth noting, (among many others) his Ibero-American number one smash hit single "La Chica de Humo" ("The Steam Girl"), a New jack swing song which became one of the biggest hits throughout 1989, it also became a number one single on the U.S Hot Latin Tracks in the same year. The theme was included on the 1989 album Quisiera. The music video for the song had a constant rotation on the Mexican, Uruguayan and Argentinian music channels and became an eighties classic song in Ibero-America.[2] In 2011, Emmanuel received the Billboard Latin Music Lifetime Achievement Award.[3]

Emmanuel continues to tour throughout Latin America backed by bands that have included musicians from the United States, most notably guitarist Dick Smith of (Earth Wind & Fire, Kenny Loggins, and Air Supply).

Emmanuel's son, Alexander Acha, is a professional singer as well.





  1. ^ Biography
  2. ^ "Emmanuel Artist Biography by Sandra Brennan - Awards". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  3. ^ "Gloria Estefan, Emmanuel To Receive Special Honors At 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. April 13, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2017.

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