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Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, better known by his stage name, Luis Fonsi, was born on April 15, 1978, in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Luis Fonsi became interested in music very early in life. He joined the San Juan Children's Choir class and looked up to the then-popular boy band called Menudo.
Luis was a member of the music group called 'Big Guys' during his schooling at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida. Later in 1995, he pursued higher education in music with a major in vocal performance from Florida State University School of Music. Luis Fonsi also became a member of the Florida State University Singers, the university choir group where he participated by co-writing and singing songs. During his time at university, Fonsi recorded several singles and was offered a recording contract by Universal Music Latin soon after. A new beginning for Luis came when he released his first album named 'Comenzaré' with Universal Music Latin in 1997. The album became an instant hit throughout Latin America. In 2000, he released his second album, 'Eterno', which also turned out to be a chart-topper by scoring number 6 on Billboard Top Latin Albums, and the single ‘Imaginame Sin Ti’, topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart at number 1.
Over the following years, Luis Fonsi wrote, composed, and released many songs and albums by himself and in collaborations with famous artists such as Christina Aguilera, Justin Beiber, and Emma Bunton, to name a few. Luis Fonsi also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo on December 11, 2009, honoring president Barack Obama. Luis was named 'Leader of Latin Music's New Generation' by Billboard in July 2011. Luis Fonsi released his eighth album '8' in 2014 and toured Latin America to promote it. Fonsi's favorite genre to write is Spanish pop ballads. His song 'Despacito' featuring Daddy Yankee was nominated for the Best Lyrics award by iHeartRadio in 2018, along with getting nominations for many other categories. Justin Beiber also approached Fonsi to make a remix of 'Despacito' by co-writing it and mixing English lyrics in the original song. In April 2018, the YouTube video for 'Despacito' became the most viewed video in the world with over five billion views. Thanks to Fonsi's masterful songwriting and performing, his songs have been nominated for and won many awards throughout his career.
Luis Fonsi is an influential musician in Latin America who rose to fame worldwide and still believes in honing his craft and putting his family before everything else. Mentioned below are some of his best quotes.
"My family is the engine of everything, and on a personal level, I feel peace and stability, and they give me force, which is reflected in my work, my recordings, and every time that I go out on tour. They are my base, my everything."
"Despacito was a song that, from the time I started writing it, I felt that its hook was really catchy and powerful but at the same time very simple."
"Just when you think we're living in a little bit of a divided world, music brings us together."
“It's important to stay current and fresh.”
Though his work is critically acclaimed and he has won many awards and worked with a lot of other famous people, Luis is a humble person. Read a few of his inspirational insights below.
"It doesn't matter where we're from, we all have to stick together and help each other out as performers and as human beings."
"I'm not a social singer."
"I definitely try to be myself and not try to imitate other performers. That's why I got my music degree. I wanted to be prepared and not be a 'product'. I want people to know that I'm not only a singer but a musician as well. I studied guitar, piano, and composition. I believe that it's just about being myself on and off stage."
Find out what Luis thinks about how the music industry and celebrities as a whole community can help make society better.
"As an artist, you keep learning. You draw out different parts of you."
"Part of our job as quote-unquote 'celebrities' is that we can gather people around things that are important. I think it should be a requisite- there should be a clause in the contract that you have to give back."
"That is the most important thing to me, what happens behind the closed doors in the studio and makes me an artist."
"The genre I listen to the most is salsa, so people look at me and see this guy who's done mostly romantic ballads, but there's always been this other side."
"It's always morning for me until 4 in the afternoon."
"I am 100% proud Puerto Rican but have lived two-thirds of my life in the United States. So, there will be some things I write in English, but my main way of conversing with my audience is in Spanish because, at the end of the day, I'm a Latino."
These few Luis Fonsi quotes depict his positive outlook towards life and his opinions on how one can make their creative growth impactful to their industry.
"I am very optimistic, and I always think positive, but within reason and never getting too far ahead of the game."
"I'm going through a beautiful stage in my life. I've learned about love, about life, about everything."
"You kind of grow and evolve in everything you do."
"Everybody lives their lives differently. They have different perspective. They've been through different things in love. They've cried about different things."
"It's crazy how the world evolves and the audience gives you an opportunity to really grow and live out your dreams."
"I never like to get ahead of myself. I'm not one of those people that do that."
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