Luis Fonsi

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is López-Cepero.
Luis Fonsi
Nobel Peace Price Concert 2009 Luis Fonsi3.jpg
Fonsi in December 2009
Background information
Birth name Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero
Born (1978-04-15) April 15, 1978 (age 38)
Origin San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active 1998–present
Labels Universal Latin
Website www.luisfonsi.com

Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, more commonly known by his stage name Luis Fonsi, (born April 15, 1978) is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and actor.

Early life[edit]

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on April 15, 1978 to parents Alfonso Rodriguez and Delia "Tata" Lopez-Cepero.

In 1995, Fonsi enrolled at Florida State University to study music. He also joined the school's choir and sang with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.[1]

Luis Fonsi is the oldest child of Alfonso Rodriguez and Delia Lopez-Cepero. He has two younger siblings: Jean Rodriguez, who also is a singer, and Tatiana Rodriguez. As a child, Luis Fonsi showed signs that music was going to direct his life. As a child he imitated the stars of the popular group: Menudo (band),[2] and while still young, he joined the San Juan Children's Choir.

In 1989,when Fonsi was 10 years old, he with his family from Puerto Rico to Orlando, Florida. Although his English at the time was very poor, Fonsi did not argue moving. According to Fonsi, his father told him that "he was going to live in the same city as Mickey Mouse." This would be very exciting for a ten year old boy.

After living in the United States for one month, Fonsi spoke English without a hint of an accent. He entered Dr. Phillips High School, and participated in a group called "Big Guys." They sang at school parties and local festivals. One of the members of the group, Joey Fatone, later joined NSYNC.

Because music was such an important part of his life, Fonsi gained a scholarship and attended Florida State University for his musical studies,[3] which gave him opportunities towards his future in recording. He also joined the university's choir, which let him travel and perform throughout the United States and London. He did well in schooling while specializing in the field of music.[4][5]

Career[edit]

After graduating from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fonsi decided to better prepare himself for a future, stable career inside show business. He was offered a full scholarship to attend Florida State University School of Music. while he was finishing his degree in Vocal Performance, he began to record demo tapes in Miami. Soon after that he was offered a recording contract by Universal Music Latino.

In 1998, Fonsi recorded his debut album, Comenzaré (I Will Begin). The record peaked at number 11 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart and contained the singles "Si Tu Quisieras," "Perdóname," "Dime Como," and "Me Iré".[6] 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 even more successful. Around this time, Fonsi also recorded a duet with Christina Aguilera for her 2000 Spanish-language album, Mi Reflejo. On May 1, 2000, Fonsi performed at the Great Jubilee Concert for a Debt-Free World, an outdoor concert in Rome, attended by Pope John Paul II. That same year, Ednita Nazario won a Latin Grammy for a song composed by Fonsi. He also performed, with other artists, at the White House in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks.

His fifth CD, Abrazar la Vida, sold very well, which opened new markets in Europe. "Quien te Dijo Eso?" reached #1 on the Billboard Latin charts. His sixth CD, Paso a Paso debuted at #1 and launched him into international markets. "Nada es Para Siempre" also reached #1 on the music charts, and was a nominee for the Latin Grammy Awards. In 2006, he contributed to El Piruli, a tribute album honoring Victor Yturbe, singing a classic bolero, "Historia de un amor."

His seventh CD, Palabras del Silencio debuted and stayed in the #1 position for many weeks. Luis Fonsi cracked the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in September 2008 with his song "No Me Doy Por Vencido", debuting at number 98 and peaking at number 92. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks, his biggest hit to date. "No Me Doy Por Vencido" became Billboard's "Latin Pop Song Of The Decade," and spent 21 weeks in the #1 spot of the "Hot Latin Songs Chart"

In November 2009, Luis Fonsi was awarded a Latin Grammy for "Song of the Year" for his composition "Aqui Estoy Yo".

On December 11, 2009, Fonsi performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, honoring recipient President Barack Obama.[7]

In 2011, Fonsi released the album Tierra Firme, and went on tour to promote it throughout Latin America.[8]

In July 9, 2011, Billboard named Fonsi "Leader of Latin Music's New Generation".

In 2014, Fonsi released his album 8, a reference to his eighth career album. He then did a tour named "Somos Uno" in 2014-2015. He also mentioned that acting would be on his career path and that he wouldn't mind acting with Mexican actors and actresses.

In January 2017 he started promoting his new single "Despacito", featuring Daddy Yankee.

Acting career[edit]

In 2004, Fonsi made his acting debut in the Mexican telenovela named Corazones al límite in which he played Roy. He also had a special appearance in 2001 in the Nickelodeon television series Taina. Fonsi joined the cast of Broadway's Forever Tango for a two-week engagement in August 2013.

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Fonsi began to become romantically interested in actress Adamari López, who, as an Univision artist and fellow Puerto Rican, constantly found herself near Fonsi.[9] That same year, Fonsi released the song "Abrazar la Vida" ("To Embrace the Life"), off the eponymous album. The song would later become one of Lopez's favorites.[9]

In 2004, rumors circulated in the media that he and Lopez were planning to marry. During 2005, Fonsi was in the middle of an international tour that was abruptly cancelled when Lopez was diagnosed with cancer. Fonsi promised to stay by her side, and traveled with her to Mexico, Miami, and Puerto Rico for various treatment and work-related trips.[9] She has been in remission since 2006.

On June 3, 2006, Fonsi and Adamari López were married in a religious ceremony in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico attended by many celebrities including Joey Fatone, Charytín, Ednita Nazario, and Carlos Ponce, as well as his brother, aspiring singer Jean Rodriguez, professionally known as "Jan". On November 8, 2010, they officially divorced.[10]

Fonsi and Spanish model Águeda López had their first child together, a girl they named Mikaela, on December 20, 2011 in Miami. They were married on September 10, 2014, after three years of living together.[11]

Fonsi is also the Spanish-language spokesman for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He has two nieces named Valeria and Sara Aisa.

Fonsi and his wife welcomed their second child, a boy named Rocco, on December 20, 2016. Their son was born on the same date as their first child, Mikaela.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • [Luis Fonsi Live (2004)
  • Éxitos 98:06 Los Videos (2006)

Tours[edit]

  • Comenzaré Tour (1998-1999)
  • Eterno Tour (2000-2001)
  • Amor Secreto Tour (2002)
  • Abrazar La Vida Tour (2003-2004)
  • Paso a Paso (2005-2006)
  • Palabras del Silencio Tour (2009-2010)
  • Tierra Firme Tour (2011-2013)
  • Somos Uno Tour (2014-2015)

Awards[edit]

Latin Grammys[edit]

2009

  • Song of the Year

Premio Lo Nuestro[edit]

2007

  • Male Artist of the Year (Pop)

2009

  • Male Artist of the Year (Pop)

2010

  • Male Artist of the Year (Pop)
  • Song of the Year (Pop)
  • Collaboration of the Year (General)

Premios Juventud[edit]

2006

  • Hottest Romance

2007

  • Fashion: He's Got Style

2009

  • Fashion: He's Got Style
  • Music: The Perfect Combination
  • Music: Artist of the Moment
  • Music: Catchiest Tune
  • Music: CD To Die For
  • Music: Best Ballad
  • Music: Favorite Pop Artist
  • Music: My Idol Is
  • General: Hottest Romance (shared with Adamari López)

Filmography[edit]

TV[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evan Bailyn (1978-04-15). "Artists - Fonsi, Luis". Music of Puerto Rico. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  2. ^ Jump up ^ Ross, Karl. "Remember MENUDO?" accessed February 22, 2017
  3. ^ "Luis Fonsi Biography, Discography, Chart History." Top40-Charts.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.
  4. ^ "Biografia de Luis Fonsi". www.biografiasyvidas.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  5. ^ "Luis Fonsi - Biography | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23
  6. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Luis Fonsi - Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived October 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Luis Fonsi en Costa Rica". adondeirhoy.com. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c [2] Archived February 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Adamari Lopez, Luis Fonsi's Puerto Rico Wedding". Lovetripper.com. 2006-06-03. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  11. ^ [3] Archived October 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

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