Everyone faces many obstacles in their career but for Bruno Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, it was his Hispanic last name. People tried to stereotype him as just another Latino artist and even tried to convince him to sing in Spanish. He eventually used his childhood nickname “Bruno” and changed his last name to “Mars” to avoid being stereotyped. Mars who had trouble getting accepted into the music industry finally caught a break when major artist started buying songs that he wrote. He sang the hook of a song Flo-Rida bought from him and became known in Hollywood as the “hook man” according to his Father. This in turn lead to the start and success of his solo career.
Bruno Mars’ Music is credited with helping an 11 year old girl by the name of Zumyah Thorpe recover from a car crash which took her pregnant mother and sisters and put her in a coma. The nurses supposedly played Mars’ songs to her every night in the hospital and when Zumyah woke up, she was able to sing lines from Bruno’s hit, Just The Way You Are. Considering the amount of brain trauma she had it was extraordinary. Once he got wind of this miracle he wanted to meet her and during one of his shows he dedicated the song, Just The Way You Are to her and said
“She is an inspiration to the world.”
Mars has also sang a song on Sesame Street called “Don’t Give Up” to inspire children to never give up even if times get hard and to keep on trying. He even gave an inspiring speech on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to all aspiring musicians and fans which stated
“Listen. Any young, aspiring musicians out there, if music is what you want to do, if music is what you love and your passion. It doesn’t take a fragrance, its not about the tabloids, it’s about you putting in the work, practicing every day, practicing your vocals, practicing your instrument, practicing songwriting. Hopefully one day you write the song the whole world wants to get down to and I promise you, I promise you one day you’re going to have your moment to shine and you’re going to have a lot of people saying that you can’t do it and you’re not good enough. But I promise you, if you go out there and sing and you put your heart and soul into it and you follow your dream, one day you’re going to be sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres, you’re going to be sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres talking about how you broke records and rocked the Super Bowl. Stand up, America.”
Although being a latino celebrity was one of the obstacles he had to overcome he is truely an inspiration to us all and wants everyone to never give up and follow their passion.
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