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The Popular Sounds of Chayanne

Puerto Rican Latin Pop singer, Chayanne, was born on 28 June 1968 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Named Elmer Figueroa Arce at birth, at the age of 19, Chayanne adopted his artistic name from a western television series that his mother was fond of watching. With worldwide sales exceeding 10 million albums, Chayanne has gone on to become one of Puerto Rico’s most successful pop stars.

Chayanne auditioned for popular Latino boy band Menudo in the late 1970s, but was told that he was too small to be in the band. Undeterred, in 1978 Chayanne, along with his sister Clara, tried out for the group Los Chicos, who were challenging the popularity of Menudo. He was chosen to join the group and this started him off on the road to fame. Los Chicos had a number of hit songs and, thanks to his strong stage presence and superb vocal and dancing abilities, Cheyanne stood out as special.

In 1984 Los Chicos split up and Chayanne launched his solo career by signing with RCA Ariola and releasing his first album, “Chayanne es mi Nombre”. His second album, “Sangre Latina”, was released by RCA in 1986. He enjoyed a measure of success in Central America with these two albums. His career really took off with the release by Sony Music in 1988 of the eponymous album, “Chayanne”, which included several hit singles. It was at this time that Chayanne became a celebrity spokesperson for Pepsi. During the 1989 Grammy Awards coast to coast national television broadcast, the Pepsi advertising spot was featured in Spanish – a first for national television.

In 2005 he completed a tour with fellow Puerto Rican, Marc Anthony, and Mexican Alejendro Fernandez. His next album, “Mi Tiempo”, released in April 2007, sold 17,000 copies in the first week of its release and debuted at number two on the Top Latin Album chart. Chayanne has consistently produced popular music, which has seen a steady growth in his fan base.

In addition to his musical career, Chayanne has had parts in several soap operas during the 1980s, as well as starring in the sitcom series “Generaciones”. He played himself in the television drama series “Volver a empezar”, in 1994. In that same year he starred in film “Linda Sara”. In recent years he has starred in “Provocam”, an Argentinian soap opera.

Prompted by his mother’s battle with cancer, Chayanne is involved with international charity groups dealing with research and treatment of this devastating disease. Chayanne lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife Marilisa Maronesse and his two children Lorenzo Valentino and Isadora Sofia.


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