Marc Anthony

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Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony 2009 White House.jpg
Anthony performing at the White House in 2009
Background information
Birth name Marco Antonio Muñiz
Born (1968-09-16) September 16, 1968 (age 45)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Salsa, pop, Latin pop, freestyle (early)
Occupations Actor, record producer, singer-songwriter, television producer
Years active 1988–present
Labels Columbia, RMM, Sony Music Latin
Website www.marcanthonyonline.com

Marco Antonio Muñiz (born September 16, 1968), better known by his stage name as Marc Anthony, is an American actor, record producer, singer-songwriter, fashion designer, and television producer. Anthony is also the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time.[1] The two-time Grammy and four-time Latin Grammy winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide.[2] He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. Anthony has won numerous awards, and his achievements have been honored through various recognitions. He was the recipient of the 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Chair's Award. He also received the "2009 CHCI Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award" on September 16, 2009.[3]

Early life[edit]

Marco Antonio Muñiz, known professionally by his stage name Marc Anthony, was born in New York City, to Puerto Rican parents Guillermina, a housewife, and Felipe Muñiz, a musician and hospital lunchroom worker from Guayama, Puerto Rico.[4] Anthony's parents named him after Mexican singer Marco Antonio Muñiz. Anthony grew up in East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem and El Barrio, and is the youngest of eight surviving children. He was raised Roman Catholic.[5]

Singing career[edit]

Muñiz began his career as a session vocalist for freestyle and Underground New York house music acts. After changing his name to avoid confusion with his namesake, Anthony worked as a songwriter and backing vocalist for pop acts including Menudo and the Latin Rascals. His first album was a freestyle music record, "Rebel", in 1988 on Bluedog Records. That same year he wrote and produced "Boy I've Been Told" for fellow freestyle artist Sa-Fire. Then in 1989, he sang backup vocals for Ann-Marie on the freestyle club hit, "With or Without You" produced by Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry. A year later, 1990, with Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry, Marc wrote and whispered a duet with Chrissy I-eece, called "You Should Know By Now". In 1992, still working with Todd Terry, he provided vocals for "Love Change" which is on the flip-side of a 12" vinyl released by Elan and The Powermachine titled "Here's Your Hat", production of Todd Terry. At the same time, he collaborated with music producer Little Louie Vega, who featured the singer on many another freestyle-flavored club hits "Ride On The Rhythm" and the "When The Night Is Over" album, which featured the Freestyle classic "Time". In 1992, Vega and Anthony opened for Latin bandleader Tito Puente at New York's Madison Square Garden. After 1992, he changed his style from freestyle to salsa and other Latin styles.

RMM records[edit]

Otra Nota (1993) Anthony was initially reluctant to become a salsa musician and declined an offer to make a salsa album when Ralph Mercado, president of RMM Records, asked him. Anthony was in a taxi when he heard Juan Gabriel's hit song, "Hasta Que Te Conocí" which influenced him to change his mind and ask Mercado if he could record it as a salsa tune.[6] Inspired by the music of Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Rubén Blades and Juan Gabriel, Anthony released his Spanish-language debut, Otra nota, in 1993. Anthony performed at the Radio y Musica Convention hosted by Alfredo Alonso.[7] "Si Tu No Te Fueras", "El Ultimo Beso", "Palabras Del Alma", The album also included a cover of Bread's song, "Make It with You". Subsequent tours throughout the Americas, including an opening slot for Blades, established Anthony as one of the new stars in salsa. In 1994, he was featured in La India's album Dicen Que Soy, on the song "Vivir Lo Nuestro".

His 1995 follow-up, Todo a su tiempo, won Anthony a Billboard award for Hot Tropical Artist of the Year. The album was also nominated for a Grammy with songs like "Te Conozco Bien", "Hasta Ayer", "Nadie Como Ella", "Se Me Sigue Olvidando", "Te Amare", and "Llegaste A Mi". The album has sold more than 800,000 copies and has become established gold in the US and in Puerto Rico.

Anthony's next Spanish language album, Contra La Coriente, was followed by the television special Marc Anthony: The Concert from Madison Square Garden, broadcast on HBO on Valentine's Day 2000. The special was nominated for Music Special of the Year from TV Guide. The album's song "Y Hubo Alguien" became his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks Chart and the first by a salsa musician.[citation needed] The album became the first salsa album to enter the English language Billboard 200 chart.[citation needed] After an ongoing battle with RMM, he severed ties with Ralph Mercado and left the label in 1999.[citation needed]

Move to Sony[edit]

Anthony subsequently recorded the duet "No Me Ames" with Jennifer Lopez on her album On the 6, giving her an assist in her Spanish language crossover attempt.

In 1999, riding the crossover wave of Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin in the Anglophone market, Anthony, working with producers Walter Afanasieff, Cory Rooney, Dan Shea, and Rodney Jerkins, released an English-language, self-titled album with the US Top 5 single "I Need to Know", and the Spanish version, "Dímelo". His song "You Sang To Me" was featured in Runaway Bride. A dance version was remixed by Dutch producer Rene Van Verseveld. The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard album chart, and six weeks later went platinum; it eventually was certified triple platinum.The song "I Need To Know" earned a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Sample of the song "Tu Amor Me Hace Bien" from the album Valió la Pena. The song was produced by longtime collaborator Sergio George, who worked on most of Anthony's salsa albums.

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In 2001, he debuted another salsa album, Libre, which was certified gold with songs like "Celos", "Este Loco Que Te Mira", and "Viviendo". The album spent 14 weeks at the number-one spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The year after that, he made another English-language album, Mended.

In June 2004, Anthony released a Latin pop album, Amar Sin Mentiras. The following month, he reintroduced its songs with a danceable salsa rhythm in another album, Valio La Pena. The song "Escapémonos" was a duet with Jennifer Lopez. In the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards, his Amar Sin Mentiras won best Latin Pop Album of The Year, and his Valió La Pena won Best Tropical Album of the Year. Lopez and Anthony performed "Escapémonos" at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

Marc Anthony in 2006

On July 11, 2006, Anthony released Sigo Siendo Yo, a Spanish greatest-hits album. On May 2010 he released Iconos, a tribute to old Latin songs by artists such as José Luis Perales, Juan Gabriel and José José.[8] In 2012, he released a new song called "Cautivo De Este Amor."

On December 2012, it was announced that Anthony was recording a salsa album alongside with longtime producer Sergio George.[9] The title of the upcoming single is Vivir Mi Vida, a Spanish adaptation of Khaled's song "C'est la vie", and was released on April 25, 2013.[10] In July 2013, Anthony released 3.0, a salsa album including his song "Vivir Mi Vida". Since the release, the album has been certified Platinum. In addition to the new album, Anthony announced his Vivir Mi Vida World Tour, and plans to travel across 15 countries on 3 continents.[11]

Acting career[edit]

Anthony played supporting roles in projects including 1995's Hackers, and 1996's Big Night and The Substitute. He appeared with Rubén Blades and Puerto Rican pop singer Ednita Nazario in Paul Simon's 1998 stage musical, The Capeman, which ran for 68 performances. He had a role in Martin Scorsese's 1999 drama Bringing Out the Dead, and in 2001, opposite Salma Hayek, was in the film In the Time of the Butterflies. In Man On Fire (2004), Anthony, opposite Denzel Washington, played a wealthy businessman who hires a former U.S. Marine to protect his daughter from kidnappers in Mexico City. In 2007, Anthony starred in El Cantante, a biographical drama about the life of salsa music legend Héctor Lavoe, who died in 1993 from AIDS complications. Anthony's then-wife, Jennifer Lopez, narrated the story and portrayed Lavoe's wife. The film, released in August 2007, received strong reviews. In 2010, Anthony guest-starred in two episodes of the TNT medical drama "HawthoRNe" as a detective and the title character's (Jada Pinkett Smith) love interest. He was later named the executive music producer of the show.[citation needed] Anthony worked with ex-wife Lopez and director-choeographer Jamie King in late 2011 on a Latin talent series created by Simon Fuller, called Q'Viva! The Chosen. It follows Lopez and Anthony as they travel across 21 countries to find new talent.[12] In 2012, Anthony guest mentored on Season 2 of The X Factor (U.S. TV series).

Personal life[edit]

Anthony is a Democrat and performed the National Anthem at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.[13]

Anthony also sang "God Bless America" at Major League Baseball's All-Star game in New York on July 16, 2013. While Anthony is an American cit­i­zen, born and raised in New York of Puerto Rican descent, numer­ous offen­sive tweets made the rounds, say­ing “shouldn’t an Amer­i­can be singing God Bless America?” under the mistaken belief that Anthony is actu­ally from Mex­ico or Cuba. The Anti-Defamation League spoke out against the offensive tweets.[14]

Relationships and family[edit]

In 1994, Anthony's ex-girlfriend Debbie Rosado, a NYC police officer, gave birth to their daughter Ariana.

Marc married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres on May 9, 2000 in Las Vegas. They have two sons, Cristian Anthony Muñiz (February 5, 2001) who Anthony named after the Mexican singer Cristian Castro,[15] and Ryan Anthony Muñiz (August 16, 2003). There were many problems in the marriage, and the couple separated in early 2002. They later reconciled and renewed their vows in a formal ceremony on December 7, 2002 at San Juan's Cathedral in Puerto Rico. The rocky marriage came to an end in October 2003 with Dayanara filing for divorce in January 2004. To help in her recovery from the divorce, Dayanara traded her engagement ring for a diamond-encrusted Cartier watch and wrote the book Married to Me: How Committing to Myself Led to Triumph After Divorce.

When his divorce proceedings began, Anthony was spotted with long-time friend Jennifer Lopez. Prior to his first marriage and her second, they had briefly dated. Lopez and Anthony married on June 5, 2004, less than a week after his divorce was finalized. Guests had been invited to an "afternoon party", unaware they were attending a wedding.[16] Lopez gave birth to their children, twins Emme Maribel Muñiz and Maximillian David Muñiz on February 22, 2008. People (magazine) paid $6 million for the first photos of the twins.[17][18] In 2009, Anthony and Lopez purchased a stake in the Miami Dolphins. They joined several personalities in buying small stakes in the club, including Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Venus and Serena Williams, and Fergie.[19] Anthony and Lopez announced their separation in July 2011, with Anthony filing for divorce on April 9, 2012.[20]Their divorce was finalized on June 18, 2014, with Lopez winning primary custody of the children.[21]

Discography[edit]

External audio
You may listen to Marc Anthony's interpretation of Hernandez' "Preciosa" here
and "Lamento Borincano" here[dead link]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1988 East Side Story Flaco Singer
1993 Carlito's Way Cameo Appearance Sings "Parece Mentira"
1994 Natural Causes Marine Guard
1995 Hackers Agent Kee
1996 Big Night Cristiano
1996 The Substitute Juan Lucas
1999 Bringing Out The Dead Noel
2001 In the Time of the Butterflies Lio
2004 Man on Fire Samuel Ramos
2007 El Cantante Héctor Lavoe
Television
  • 2010–2011: HawthoRNe (TV series) as Officer Nick Renata in "A Mother Knows" (Season 2, Episode 8) and "Picture Perfect" (Main - Season 3)
  • 2012: The X Factor, as a guest judge in Season 2, Episode 9

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Center New York, NY - Marc Anthony - tickets, information, reviews". Newyorkcitytheatre.com. February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Marc Anthony Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Music Icon Marc Anthony to Receive 2009 CHCI Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Chci.org (September 16, 2009). Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Marc Anthony Biography (1968–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  5. ^ George Rush, Joanna Molloy, Celeste Katz (June 6, 2004). "J.Lo weds hubby No. 3 Marries Marc Anthony at her swank L.A. digs". Daily News. Retrieved September 13, 2010. "Both are of Puerto Rican descent and share the Catholic faith." [dead link]
  6. ^ "Marc Anthony's Putting a Real Kick In His Salsa", Los Angeles Times, May 1, 1996
  7. ^ Marc Anthony Biography. Sing365.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  8. ^ Marc Anthony Iconos Nuevo Disco 2010 – Blog SonicoMusica.com para escuchar buena musica online. Sonicomusica.info (February 22, 1999). Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  9. ^ Cantor-Navas, Judy (December 3, 2012). "Marc Anthony Recording Salsa Album for 2013". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Marc Anthony to Launch First Single". Indiatimes. The Times of India Group. 
  11. ^ GLOBAL SUPERSTAR MARC ANTHONY RETURNS TO THE STAGE WITH NEW WORLD TOUR "http://www.cmnevents.com/story.aspx?ID=1986420" Cardenas Marketing Network. June 7, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  12. ^ "Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez Come Together for ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen". Time Inc. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Marc Anthony sings the national anthem". Politico. September 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Foul Ball: Hate Speech, Twitter & Baseball". Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Marc Anthony ya es papá". Terra Networks (in Spanish). Telefónica. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Marc Anthony Silent About Lopez Wedding". People. June 8, 2004. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Introducing Max David and Emme Maribel Muñiz!". Celebritybabies.com. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
  18. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Welcome Twins!– Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. People.com (February 22, 2008). Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  19. ^ Brian Orloff (July 21, 2009). "Marc Anthony Buys Stake in Miami Dolphins". People (magazine). Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Marc Anthony Files for Divorce from Jennifer Lopez". People. April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  21. ^ https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/jennifer-lopez-marc-anthony-finalize-divorce-almost-three-205500283-us-weekly.html

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