The singer, songwriter, record producer, television producer, and actor of Puerto Rican descent, Marc Anthony was born on September 16, 1969, New York City, New York. Born as Marco Antonio Muniz named after a popular Mexican singer who was famous in Puerto Rico, Marc Anthony grew up in New York City and realized his singing talent earlier in life and started singing backup session vocalist for New York house music acts. He is known for salsa and ballads’ from which he has won several awards in years active as a musician since 1988.
‘Rebel’ was his first record that debuted in 1988 through Bluedog Records located in the Bronx. Since then, he continued playing in New York club scenes, as well as writing songs together with Todd Terry and Louie Vega. He and Louie Vega performed at the New York City’s Madison Square Garden in 1992 as an opening act for Tito Puente. He changed his singing style after this event from freestyle and house to salsa in addition to other Spanish music styles.
Marc Anthony released his first Spanish album ‘Otra Nota’ in 1993 that contained the salsa hit ‘Hasta Que Te Conoci’ that had commercial success. Since then, the artists never looked back by releasing albums and singles that truly resonated with his fan base. However, only his two English albums ‘Marc Anthony’ and ‘Mended’ in 1999 and 2002 respectively that did not do exceptionally well.
Marc Anthony has continued to endure his fans with his extreme talent and astonishing vocals that truly makes him one of the best artists representing the Latin music and culture. His talent has fanatical roots from his Latin culture which has enabled him to garner much success. In his active career life, Marc Anthony has sold more than 12 million albums internationally receiving numerous awards. He was inducted into the Billboard Hall of Fame in April 2012 due to his international influence by both Spanish oriented and mainstream markets.
He drew his inspiration from Puente, Juan Gabriel, and Ruben Blades and considered himself a proud Puerto Rican living in New York. He is truly committed to his musical career and has been a great inspiration to many Latinos who are his most favorite fans. Some of his top songs include ‘No Me Ames’ that featured Jennifer Lopez, a love song that topped the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart with its gratifying lyrics of complicated love relationships between loving couples.
Other hit songs include ‘La Quiero a Morir’ featuring La India, and ‘I Need to Know’ that came from the first English album ‘Marc Anthony’, which was a perfect blend of Latin music and R&B. ‘’My Baby You” was the 4th single from the same album and was dedicated to Arianna, his daughter. While ‘You Sang To Me’ from the same album also had catchy tunes that most of his fans sang along with. Others are ‘Preciosa’ that expressed about his Puerto Rican patriotism, ‘Aguanile’ originally sang by Hector Lavoe and linked to the movie ‘El Cantante’ and ‘Contra La Corriente’ are some of his best performances. And his best single hit fun song, ‘Vivir Mi Vida’ has since become an upbeat salsa style songs that have continued to inspire its listeners worldwide to the fullest, no matter whether you speak Spanish or not.