~~February 6, 2014~~
I feel a need to present to the blogosphere, in which I’m currently circulating, a bit of my musical culture. There seems to be little information about this aspect of our lives. Music is universal. It’s the language of all people. Even if the lyrics are in a language that we don’t understand. Music connects, music binds, music brings people together.
The Latin community has innumerable artists who present their style. There are many of them. I will start with a well know singer in all the Latin circles in the United States. He seems to be little known in the American circles. That is not surprising.
Remember the twitter storm that ensued when that “Mexican” sang the American anthem at a sports event? This happened a while ago. Twitter exploded with comments about how it was possible that someone, not American, was signing the anthem. Little did they know that, at the time, that “Mexican” was an American citizen, born and raised in New York city, from Puerto Rican parents.
We saw that Twitter comments. We knew how wrong they were but there were no apologies. We didn’t expect them.
~~HIS NAME IS MARC ANTHONY~~
Marco Antonio Muñiz (born September 16, 1968), better known by his stage name as Marc Anthony, is an American actor, record producer, singer-songwriter, and television producer. Anthony is also the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The two-time Grammy and four-time Latin Grammy winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. 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.
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. 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 in the same housing development with childhood friend, platinum producer and song writer Frankie Cutlass He was raised Roman Catholic.
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.
SINGING WITH Sony
Anthony 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
||Marco Antonio Muñiz
||September 16, 1968 (age 45)
New York City, New York, U.S.
||Salsa, pop, Latin pop, Freestyle(early)
||Actor, record producer, singer-songwriter, television producer
||Columbia, RMM, Sony Music Latin
Published on Sep 10, 2013
Music video by Marc Anthony performing Vivir Mi Vida. (C) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC
~~AND HE SINGS IN ENGLISH TOO~~
Pitbull ft. Marc Anthony – Rain Over Me
Uploaded on Jul 24, 2011
Uploaded on Jul 24, 2011
Rain Over Me Lyrics
We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!
We ALL are ONE!!