Marc Anthony life and biography

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Marc Anthony biography

Date of birth : 1968-09-16
Date of death : -
Birthplace : New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-07-18
Credited as : Latin pop musician, actor, Jennifer Lopez divorce

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Marc Anthony, born Marco Antonio Muñiz in New York City, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, actor and producer. Anthony is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The two-time Grammy and three-time Latin Grammy–winner has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. He was married to Jennifer Lopez.

Marc Anthony grew up in New York City with his sister, Yolanda Muniz. His talent was evident early on; Anthony realized that he had the singing voice, but needed to develop a stage presence to support it. This he did by singing backup as a session vocalist for freestyle and underground New York house music acts.

Marc changed his name, to avoid confusion with his namesake, and quickly became an in-demand backup singer; lending his voice to acts such as Menudo and the Latin Rascals.

His first release was a record called “Rebel,” which debuted in 1988 from Bluedog Records, based in the Bronx. Marc Anthony continued perform in the New York club scene and also wrote songs, often teaming with Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry.

In 1992, Vega and Anthony played New York City’s Madison Square Garden as an opening act for Tito Puente.

Soon after, Anthony changed his singing style from Freestyle and House to salsa and other Spanish music. Taking his inspiration from greats such as Puente, Rubén Blades, and Juan Gabriel, Marc Anthony released his first Spanish-language album in 1993. Titled Otra Nota, it included the salsa hit “Hasta que te conoci” (Until I Met You).

He has never looked back; his albums and singles have been best-selling, with the exception of his two English-language albums, 1999s Marc Anthony and 2002s Mended. In his effort to crossover, it appears that Anthony may have turned away some of his core audience.

In 1998, Anthony appeared with Rubén Blades in Paul Simon’s stage musical, The Capeman, which ran for 68 performances. Marc Anthony has also turned his prodigious talents to the big screen, appearing in movies such as 1996s Big Night and Man on Fire, released in 2004.

Marc Anthony married fellow Puerto Rican entertainer Jennifer Lopez on June 5, 2004. Their marriage was clandestine and little spoken-of for some time after the fact.

Anthony has a daughter, Arianna, with his former girlfriend Debbie Rosado who was a New York City police officer. Arianna was born in 1994.

Marc Anthony married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres on May 9, 2000. Though their union was often rumored to be troubled, it produced two sons: Cristian Anthony Muniz, born February 5, 2001 and Ryan Anthony Muniz, born August 16, 2003. Less than one week after his divorce from Torres, Anthony married Jennifer Lopez.

Anthony and Lopez have dueted and performed “Escapémonos” at the 2005 Grammy Awards. Their movie, El Cantante, a biography of famed salsa singer Hector Lavoe, was released in August 2007. A year later, on February 22, 2008, the couple welcomed twins.

In 2009, Anthony and Lopez purchased a stake in the Miami Dolphins. They joined several personalities in buying small stakes in the club, including Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Venus and Serena Williams.

On July 15, 2011, Anthony and Lopez announced their divorce.

Marc Anthony (1999) In 1999, attempting to emulate the crossover success of Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Selena and Ricky Martin in the anglophone market, Anthony, working with top producers, Walter Afanasieff, Cory Rooney, Dan Shea, and Rodney Jerkins, released an English-language Latin Pop self titled album with the US Top 5 hit single "I Need to Know", and the Spanish version "Dímelo". Other hits include "When I Dream At Night" and "My Baby You". His song "You Sang To Me", was featured in Runaway Bride. The successful dance version was re-mixed by Dutch producer Rene Van Verseveld. The foray was considered a mixed success, partly because it alienated his traditional salsa fans, though "Da La Vuelta" (not a Spanish version of any of the songs) was a salsa song and was a hit. Another note is that the song "That's Okay" has more of a salsa tune than pop.

Libre (2001) In 2001, he debuted another salsa album known as Libre and was certified gold with songs like "Celos", "Este Loco Que Te Mira", and "Viviendo". "Barco A La Deriva", another hit in Libre, was previously performed by Venezuelan singer and actor Guillermo Dávila. The album spent 14 weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

Mended (2002) The year after that, he made another English-language album called Mended which included smash hit "I've Got You", the Spanish version "Te Tengo Aquí", "I Need You" (the Spanish version of which, "Me Haces Falta", was written by Mexican star Thalía), "Tragedy", "Love Won't Get Any Better", and "She Mends Me". Like his self-titled Marc Anthony album, it received mixed reviews, though slightly lower.

Amar Sin Mentiras and Valio la Pena (2004) In June 2004 he released a Latin Pop album Amar Sin Mentiras. On July 2004, he converted those songs to salsa in another album, Valio La Pena and included the traditional "Lamento Boricano" that was composed by Rafael Hernández. Notable songs of both albums include "Ahora Quien", "Escapémonos" with Jennifer Lopez, "Valió La Pena", "Se Esfuma Tu Amor", and "Tu Amor Me Hace Bien". In the Latin Grammy Awards 2005, his Amar Sin Mentiras won best Latin Pop Album of The Year and his Valió La Pena won Best Tropical Album of The Year. Lopez and Anthony performed "Escapémonos" at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

Sigo Siendo Yo (2006) On July 11, 2006 Anthony released "Sigo Siendo Yo", a Spanish greatest-hits album. "Que Precio Tiene El Cielo" was the 1st single salsa song and "Lo Que No Di" as a Latin pop song.

Iconos (2010) The album features covers of old Latin songs by artists such as Jose Luis Perales, Juan Gabriel and José José.

Marc Anthony's discography:

1991: When the Night is Over
1993: Otra Nota
1995: Todo a Su Tiempo
1997: Contra la Corriente
1999: Marc Anthony
2001: Libre
2002: Mended
2004: Amar Sin Mentiras
2004: Valió la Pena
2007: El Cantante
2010: Iconos

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