Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos

AGE

32

HEIGHT

6’0″

BIRTH DATE

July 21, 1981

PLACE OF BIRTH

The Bronx, New York City, NY

BIOGRAPHY

Anthony Santos, known professionally as Romeo Santos, is an American singer, record producer, featured composer and former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura.

What you didn’t know

  • He started singing in church choirs when he was twelve years old.
  • Romeo Santos has a child from a wedlock relationship which he had when he was only 16.
  • What You Didn’t Know about Romeo Santos

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    Anthony “Romeo” Santos, or just Romeo Santos to his fans, may be considered the modern “King of Bachata”, but it wasn’t that long ago that the half Dominican, half Puerto Rican heartthrob was simply a shy kid writing poetry at home to try to woo a girl that use to be mean to him.

    “She wasn’t the nicest girl. I expressed myself by writing poems and lyrics (to her but) I kind of thank her now for being so mean to me,” said Santos.

    Growing up in the Bronx, Santos was exposed to hip-hop, R&B and Latin music. The introverted singer continued to find his voice after joining his church choir and in 1994 he decided to form a group with his cousin Henry Santos and friends Lenny and Max Santos, in which he was the lead singer.

    The group would later go on to be called Aventura and be the first bachata group to hail from the U. S. instead of the Dominican Republic. Despite the group’s rise from the streets of the Bronx, to its first cover on a magazine, Dominican Times/Latin Trends, and to stadiums around the world, Aventura received a lot of initial backlash from older traditional bachata listeners and musicians. By fusing bachata with R&B, hip-hop, rock and reggaeton, bachata purist didn’t acknowledge the group as making bachata music.

    In spite of the criticism, Aventura went on to achieve international success with songs like “Obsesion”, which is covered in multiple languages throughout Europe, and the album which it’s included, “We Broke the Rules”, topped the pop charts in the United States and broke sales records for a bachata album.

    In 2012, the once timid Santos decided to go out on his own with his debut solo album, “Formula Vol. 1.” Vol. 1 was the best selling Latin album of that year, was critically acclaimed and went on to be certified Triple Platinum. The bachata tracks on the album were written, produced and arranged by Santos. The superstar producer, Rico Love,  worked on the English songs. Vol. 1 has five consecutive chart topping songs on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs, “You,” “Promise,” “La Diabla,” “Mi Santa,” and “Rival.”

    “I want to touch people’s lives with my music and my lyrics,” said Santos.

    Santos’ Hollywood debut was in the blockbuster hit movie, “Furious 7” and his second film will be in 2016’s film adaptation of the video game “Angry Birds.” Santos’ second solo album, “Formula Vol. 2”, which he is on tour for now, became the best selling Latin album of 2014. It features songs like, “No Tiene La Culpa,” about a gay youth’s struggle with his sexuality.

    “The message is that we shouldn’t worry about anyone’s sexual preferences, nor color, race, language, or anything, because we are all equal… this is not a gay record, this is a reality song,” said Santos, a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community.

    Fun Facts

    • He is the first Latino to headline a concert at Yankee Stadium
    • He helped usher Drake and Nicki Minaj into bachata music
    • His music is in heavy rotation on jukeboxes, second only to the Rolling Stones
    • He sang in English and Spanish when he was in his church choir
    • He has won all 28 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ awards

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    MOZART LA PARA SIGNS WITH ROC NATION

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    Well, with the stroke of a pen, Romeo Santos made a impact move worthy of his career successes and impressed Roc Nation head, Jay-Z. As the CEO of Roc Nation Latino, Santos made his first round pick for the newly created Latin Division. His selection was 28-year old urban artist Mozart La Para.

    This is Jay-Z’s second attempt at tapping into the lucrative Latino market after failing with Roc La Familia previously. This time he put a multi-award winning artist at the uber spot and trusted him in building an elite team. Roc Nation likes signing top talent just as they are on the verge of elite status.

    Mozart La Para, from the Dominican Republic, who has been performing since 2002, has been the most promising artist in recent years. He established himself on his home island with his music and his 2015 autobiographical Film Pueto Pa’, broke theater sales records there. His fusing of urban and tropical styles has made him unique and caught the eye of Romeo.

    “Here at Roc Nation Latin we recognize his talents and today we welcome him,”

    Santos announced.

    La Para recognizes the advantages that being associated with Roc Nation wields in the industry and accepted a two million dollar deal to sign up.

    “It’s an honor to be a part of Roc Nation,”

    La Para shared,

    “Having two great powers like Romeo and Jay-Z guiding you and helping your music to be universal is a blessing.”

    Romeo & his Manager Johnny Marines partner with JAY-Z in Roc Nation Latino

    Music Impresario Johnny Marines & his super star artist Romeo Santos are now the President and CEO of Jay Z’s Roc Nation Latino.

     

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    The king of bachata Romeo Santos’ is now a CEO title of CEO of the newly created Roc Nation Latino within Jay Z’s Roc Nation. It will be a full service division within Roc Nation that will be dedicated to Latin talent. Santos will also be managed by Roc Nation in conjunction with his longtime manager.

     

    The company inked a deal with former Aventura lead singer Romeo Santos to become the CEO of the newly launched Roc Nation Latino.

    The deal also makes Romeo Santos, the top selling artist in Latin music of the last five years, a management client of Roc Nation. The singer will now be co-managed by Roc Nation and the aforementioned Johnny Marines, a 2016 Latino Trendsetter Award recipient.  Santos’ current recording contract with Sony is unaffected by his new venture. Bringing Romeo Santos into the fold opens up Roc Nation to a whole new market. The company made their first move into the Latin music earlier this year by signing reggaeton artist Yandel. The launch of Roc Nation Latino represents Roc Nation’s further moves to expand into the global market. Jay Z released a statement today that expressed his excitement for what Santos will do for Roc Nation.

     

     

     “I’m not taking for granted being managed by Roc Nation,” Santos says in a conversation with Billboard. “They have a lot of relations. They have a certain reach that I clearly could benefit from. And dealing with Jay Z, who is an artist himself, that’s great. I’ve always idolized Jay. We both come from the ‘hood, and he gets it. So that was definitely also fundamental. But I’m really excited about giving back. This is my way of giving back.” –  Said Romeo

     “Romeo has had tremendous success as a composer and producer and can spot true talent,” Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter said in a statement. “This is a tremendous step for Roc Nation. We recognize there is a huge Latin market that is part of global culture. We’re proud and ready to enter into true partnership with an individual that intimately lives and knows that culture.” – Said JAY-Z

    Romeo Santos and Johnny Marines believe this deal is not only beneficial to them, but also something that will help Latin music industry as whole. Marines said that Roc Nation is serious about facilitating the growth of Latin music.

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    LMP STUDIOS – UNA NUEVA PLATAFORMA MUSICAL PARA ARTISTAS

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    “El gran poder detrás de este modelo comercial es que se puede llegar a millones de personas y plazas musicales de manera súper rápida.”

     

    Lo Maximo Productions, más que una compañía es una plataforma digital de promociones que trabaja con más de 150 DJs alrededor del mundo para la promoción de música y artistas. LMP Productions como se le conoce a esta empresa liderada por talentos jóvenes que en sus años de trayectoria han trabajado con las más importantes figuras de la música en la coordinación de  eventos tan trascendentales como el histórico concierto de Romeo Santos en el Yankee Stadium.

    Detrás del éxito de LMP y su equipo se encuentra el trabajo y la visión de Edy Reyes, Jose Miguel Filion y todo su talentoso equipo. Visitamos este moderno estudio de grabación ubicado en el 4665 de Bronx Blvd para conocer más de cerca el trabajo que se realiza en sus instalaciones y la razón por la cual tantos artistas de renombre internacional  se desplazan hasta el Bronx para realizar presentaciones en vivo desde sus estudios.

     

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    CUANTO TIEMPO TIENE LMP COMO COMPAÑÍA?

    Comenzamos oficialmente en el año 2013

    QUE SERVICIOS OFRECEN?

    Tenemos estudios de fotografía, filmación de películas, promociones digitales para compañías y productos, promoción para artistas, servicios de DJs para bodas, eventos, duplicación de CDs, servicios de radio por internet, y muchísimas cosas mas

    QUE ES UN “LATIN DJ POOL”?

    Básicamente, es una membresía para DJs que actúa como intermediario entre los creadores de música y los animadores radiales o DJs. El gran poder detrás de este modelo comercial es que se puede llegar a millones de personas y plazas musicales de manera súper rápida e impresionante.

    QUIENES SON LOS CLIENTES DE LMP STUDIOS?

    Anheuser-Busch, cerveza Presidente, Romeo Santos, Prince Royce, Plan B, Tego Calderón, Juan Esteban, Don Miguelo, Vakero, 50 Cents, Grupo Vena, Farruko, Toby Love, y varias compañías locales e internacionales.

     

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    PORQUE ES IMPORTANTE PARA UN ARTISTA TENER ESTE TIPO DE PLATAFORMA PROMOCIONAL?

    Porque somos la asociación de DJs más completa en Los Estados Unidos y todos se pueden encontrar en un mismo lugar: en nuestra página oficial www.iamlmp.com

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    Edy Reyes, uno de los rostros detras del exito de LMP

     

     

    AVENTURA REUNION TOUR IN 2016?

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    The rumors have been consistent. Former members have talked about it. But this event could not be official without the certification of one specific person, Romeo Santos. Now it can be said. Aventura will be back, complete, and whole. They will reunite and New York will be the center of activity.

    Felix Cabrera Presents has announced that all the original members will come together in a reunion tour in 2016. In addition to Romeo, it will include Henry Santos, whose solo career is starting to bloom, And Lenny and Max Santos, who founded a new group, Vena.

    The tour has been confirmed to be exclusively in New York during February of 2016 in the United Palace in the heart of Washington Heights. Bachata will be in the air and more news will be following concerning this reunion in the days to come.

    Romeo Santos, Jennifer Lopez & more Latinos star in HBO’s “The Latin Explosion: A New America!”

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    Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin, Sofia Vergara, George Lopez are just a few of the Latino superstars who will appear in a new HBO documentary aimed specifically at spotlighting just how Latinos impact the United States of America.

    In a recently released trailer, “The Latin Explosion: A New America,” is a documentary that brings together some of the hottest and well-known Latino celebrities in music, television, and film within the country and asks them: what it means to be a Latino in the U.S.? And the obstacles they have had to overcome.

    Within the trailer, singer Gloria Estefan describes how at the start of her career she was advised that she should change her name because it would be too complicated to pronounce.

    In candid interviews, stars like Cheech Marin, Rita Moreno, Shakira, Romeo Santos, and many more with the stars above take part in this project and also share or discuss their own personal experience within the entertainment industry in the U.S.

    The documentary also will depict major historical events within the industry that had a large effect on impacting the Latino community today.

    The U.S. is the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking country in the world,” said Ricky Martin, in the trailer for the movie, before adding, “Boom!” to demonstrate how impressive that idea is considering that there are numerous other Spanish-speaking countries in this world.

    Tommy Mottola, a well-known Music Producer who has a hand in launching some of the music industry’s most popular stars like Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey, as well as Lopez, Martin, and Shakira served as the documentary’s producer.

    In an interview about the documentary, Mottola said that a documentary has “assembled the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film telling a powerful story of their history and immigration, politics, and rise from a small minority population to the most critical demographic in the United States.”

    The documentary couldn’t be coming out at a more important time. With certain political candidates shining a negative light on the Latino community, the film can be a powerful tool in showing other groups outside of Latinos just how important and impactful the community is.

    Latinos spend $1.3 trillion a year, making them one of the most powerful groups of consumers today,” Mottola added, noting that Latinos are known as one of the biggest consumer demographics within the United States.

    In the trailer it is noted within a caption that “In 1950 1 in 50 Americans were Latino,” but “By 2050, it will be 1in 3,” which is a statistical prediction that has yet to be discredited, but continues to gain backing.

    And being a community believed to growing, it is quite possible when Mottola explained that Latinos will also have a huge impact on the upcoming 2016 presidential election once again. Latinos presented a strong presence in the 2012 election, and not every Latino voted then.

    Latinos may not just only impact the 2016 elections, but could be more of a presence down the road in politics.

    There is no doubt in my mind that by 2025 we will have a Latino president,” Mottola said, and he may just be right.

    The Latin Explosion: A New America, narrated by John Leguizamo will air Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Latino.

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    THE LATIN EXPLOSION: A NEW AMERICA

    With more than 50 million Latinos now living in the United States, Latinos are taking their seat at the table as the new American power brokers in the world of entertainment, business, politics and the arts. As Latinos’ influence in American society has soared, they have entered mainstream American culture, and the proof is in the music.

    Executive produced by legendary music mogul Tommy Mottola, THE LATIN EXPLOSION: A NEW AMERICA features a dazzling array of artists at the center of Latino cultural power and influence, including Marc Anthony, Emilio Estefan Jr., Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, Los Lobos, Cheech Marin, Ricky Martin, Rita Moreno, Pitbull, Romeo Santos, Shakira, Thalía and Sofía Vergara. Narrated by John Leguizamo, the exclusive presentation debuts MONDAY, NOV. 16 on HBO and HBO Latino, and will be simulcast in Latin America and the Caribbean via HBO Latin America.

    “We have assembled the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film telling a powerful story of their history and immigration, politics, and rise from a small minority population to the most critical demographic in the United States,” comments Mottola. “Latinos spend 1.3 trillion dollars a year, making them one of the most powerful groups of consumers today. Latinos played a large part in the outcome of the last election and will certainly be a larger part in the upcoming 2016 election.

    There is no doubt in my mind that by 2025 we will have a Latino president –  Tommy Motola

    THE LATIN EXPLOSION celebrates the artists and visionaries who have exploded onto the U.S. music scene and gone on to become global superstars, showing how they have influenced every aspect of American society, from culture to politics to the economy. The film ranges from the cha-cha and mambo crazes of the ‘50s, with Desi Arnaz and Rita Moreno, and the edgier ‘60s, reflected by Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano, to the exciting new sound of salsa in the ‘70s and the emergence of superstars Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan in the ‘80s.

    THE LATIN EXPLOSION also spotlights the Latino boom of the late ‘90s, led by Ricky Martin, Shakira, Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, and today’s hottest stars, Pitbull and Romeo Santos. Some of the featured artists discuss how their crossover hits have played a role in defining the American experience, setting the stage for today’s Latin Explosion.

    NEW AMERICA, premiering Monday, November 16 at 9PM on HBO and HBO Latino.

    LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS ARE BORN

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    The Latin market has a new award show coming October 8th in Los Angeles. The first ever Latin American Music Awards has arrived. Since these awards are done through fans who interact with music through various social platforms from streaming to airplay, its not surprising that an Urban artist leads the list of nominations.

    Nicky Jam continues his career rebirth in style with six nominations which lead an impressive list of artists. Jam is still enjoying the run of “El Perdón ” which features Enrique Iglesias, who has five nominations of his own. Perdon is now enjoying its twenty-sixth week in the top spot, passing Shakira and Alexandro Sanz 2005 hit “La Tortura” for second longest running number one song.

    Nicky’s response to the hit that reached the top spot on February 15th,

    “I dont believe it yet. It’s hard to digest.”

    Jam is up for artist of the year, favorite streaming song, and song of the year. J. Balvin, those famous snubbing of Donald Trump, launched him into mainstream news, is enjoying a classic year. Balvin is going for new artist of the year and favorite male artist- urban among others revolving around his hit “Ay Vamos.” Romeo Santos, Mana, and Calibre 50 have four each.

    There is also a favorite crossover category where Demi Lovato is a contender while Selena Gomez is nominated for favorite dance song. This show, which will be presented by Telemundo, is modeled after the American Music Awards and should be quite a unique event.

    EL ROMEO SANTOS ECUATORIANO TRAE SU BACHATA A ESTADOS UNIDOS

     

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    Humilde, tímido y agradeciéndole a Dios al final de cada frase, ese es Jordy Quintero, un joven cantante procedente de la ciudad de Guayaquil, Ecuador. De tez oscura, sonrisa amplia y mirada inocente, Jordy quien imita a la perfección al cantante Romeo Santos, nos ganó el corazón desde el primer momento por su simpatía y naturalidad.

    Considerado por sus fans, un aún mejor cantante que Romeo, este talentoso muchacho se hizo famoso en todo Ecuador por su participación en el Reality Show “Yo Me Llamo”. Jordy, mejor conocido por todos como “El Romeo Santos Ecuatoriano”, se encuentra de visita en Estados Unidos realizando su primera gira internacional donde recorre las principales ciudades del país.

    “La gente aquí, me ha dado un gran apoyo incondicional. Es un privilegio y gracias a Dios porque él me dio el talento y el carisma”

    nos dice feliz este ecuatoriano de tan solo 21 años.  Quintero comenzó a cantar desde niño y se hizo famoso entre sus amigos y en la escuela por cantar y bailar las canciones de Michael Jackson, hasta que en el 2001, escucho por primera vez la música del famoso grupo de Bachata “Aventura” y se aprendió todas sus canciones.

    “Todos me decían pero tu cantas igual que Romeo y los amigos y familiares me empezaron a llamar Aventura y luego Jordy Romeo”.

    El éxito y la popularidad del este artista coincide con la fuerza que el ritmo dominicano, se ha expandido por toda Centro y Suramérica, y donde intérpretes como Prince Royce y Romeo Santos se encuentran en los primeros lugares en la preferencia del público.  Jordan nos comenta un poco apenado,

    “aun no conozco a Romeo Santos personalmente pero espero con ansias que cuando sea la voluntad de Dios no podemos ver y le pueda decir cuanto lo admiro”

    Por terceros, Quintero ya escucho que Romeo conoce de su existencia y que aprueba su trabajo. Con numerosas canciones propias, a Jordy le gusta también interpretar salsa, pero en todas las presentaciones la gente aclama que cante las canciones de Romeo. La similitud en el tono de voz es realmente asombrada y sería imposible reconocer la diferencia sino fuera por las evidentes diferentes físicas de este Romeo de la costa ecuatoriana con el Romeo original, que es un poco más bajo de estatura y con la piel más oscura que el famoso bachatero.

    Este nuevo talento es representando por empresarios dominicanos y existen grandes planes de promoción entre los que se encuentran una gira por toda la Republica Dominicana, País que Quintero considera ya su segunda patria, por la bendición de conocer y enamorarse perdidamente del ritmo de la bachata.

    Jordy Romeo o el Romeo Ecuatoriano cuenta con un talento evidente, gran carisma y un ángel muy especial que llama la atención de los fans de la bachata. El reto de este largo camino hacia la fama, será demostrar que es un cantante con luz propia más que el imitador de una estrella internacional

     

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    What You Didn’t Know about Aventura

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    Aventura is the first bachata group to originate from the United States instead of the Dominican Republic. It consists of Anthony “Romeo” Santos, Henry Santos, Max Santos and Lenny Santos, also known as the modern “Bachata Kings.” Romeo and Henry are cousins who are coincidently friends of the brothers Max and Lenny despite having the same last name and all four of them growing up in the Bronx.

    The band got its start when Romeo, a shy prepubescent choirboy, wrote poetry for a girl he had a crush on, and when he started listening to bachata music with his father at home. After finding his voice at the church and being moved by bachateros like Antony Santos, or El Mayimbe, with whom he has a similar name, he decided to pursue music seriously.

    The original group’s moniker, “Los Teenagers de la Bachata,” consisted of Romeo as the composer/singer, Lenny as the guitarist/arranger and four other people in the pure bachata band. After playing in local festivals throughout New York during the boy band craze of the 1990s, the Dominican producer, Julio Cesar Garcia, revamped the group.

    He added Max as bass/guitarist, Lenny as an additional composer/singer, focused the group to the four Santos boys, and encouraged them to break away from the old traditional bachata style, and embrace their eclectic love of different musical genres alongside bachata.

    “Usual Bachata music was a guy in a guitar crying over a woman, we wanted to do it different… If a girl doesn’t like me – then forget her, I’ll go to the next girl, and this is the type of music we wanted to make,” said Romeo.

    At first the group only found esteem in its native New York after the release of its first album, “Generation Next.” It wasn’t until their chart topping sophomore album, “We Broke the Rules” came out strong with the record breaking single “Obsesion” that it became world famous. Obsesion first garnered success by becoming a number one song overseas in several countries in Europe before being a hit in the United States. The spanglish version of the song further escalated the group, and Romeo became the first Hispanic to win an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award.

    With this newfound achievement came backlash. Many artists and traditional listeners of bachata didn’t acknowledge the group because they didn’t dress like bachateros and they found the Aventura bachata-hip-hop-rap-rock-reggaeton fusion sound to stray too far from the old ways of the music. But Aventura stuck to its ways and continued to make songs that had a bachata backbone (songs of yearning that start with a spoken intro and repetitive chords) fused with mostly hip-hop and sometimes reggaeton beats.

    “What I hate is the ‘haters’. There are a lot of haters in this industry, who just can’t accept that we did something new, we brought a new style, we are still up here, we’re not going anywhere and you’ve got to deal with us.”

    Since 2000, the group has made nine albums, sold four million records in the U.S. and sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden several times. After 2011, the members of the group have decided to follow their own musical paths. Max and Lenny created the group D’Element and Henry and Romeo are on solo artists.

    Romeo is touring throughout the United States for his sophomore album “Formula Vol.2,” and Henry second album, “Henry Santos’ My Way,” will be released on June 25th. Earlier this year, in January, Lenny had spoken about there being a possible Aventura reunion for the future.

    Fun Facts

    • They have been inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame
    • The entire group is of Dominican descent, but Romeo is also half Puerto Rican
    • They all attended South Bronx High School
    • Lenny and Max didn’t think the group would disband until Henry decided to go solo
    • Obsesion was number one in seven countries and is considered in France to be the 19th best-selling song of the 21st century

     

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