Romeo Santos, born on July 21, 1981, is a chart-topping songwriter, producer, and singer. He rose to stardom as the lead vocalist of the renowned band Aventura before embarking on a successful career as a solo artist. Santos expertly fuses bachata with a gamut of musical genres that, when coupled with his soft-toned and smooth voice, never fail to mesmerize us. And what better way to celebrate his birthday than by unearthing the art and the artist — let’s begin!
Romeo Santos was born Anthony Santos in the Bronx, New York, U.S. He is of mixed ethnicity with a Puerto Rican mother and a Dominican father. The singer had a humble upbringing — his mother stayed home and took care of her family and his father worked in construction. Exposed to Latin music at a young age by his parents, Santos began to sing in a church choir. His early influences ran the gamut from hip-hop to Juan Gabriel. He also credits his parents for instilling strong values, which helped him maintain his humility and navigate the industry’s choppy waters.
Santos started his professional career in 1996 by joining the bachata group Aventura, which he co-formed with brothers, Max and Lenny Santos, and cousin Henry Santos. The group first began as Los Tinellers and made a full-length debut with “Trampa de Amor” in 1995. Their first album as Aventura — “Generation Next” — was released in 1999. Fusing pop, R&B, and hip-hop with bachata, Aventura soon broke out into mainstream music in 2002 with their worldwide chart-topping track, ‘Obsession,’ from their third album titled “We Broke the Rules.” The group achieved massive fame from 2003 to 2009 with their subsequent albums “Love & Hate”, “God’s Project”, “K.O.B. Live” and “The Last.” Following the breakup of Aventura in 2011, Santos embarked on a solo career.
The artist made his solo debut in conjunction with Song Music, and his single, ‘You,’ was an instant hit. In fact, his first full-length album “Formula, Vol.1” was largely produced and written by Santos himself. In 2012, he created a live album from his performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, which he sold out three nights in a row. In 2014, he became the first Latin artist to headline at the Yankee Stadium for his double-header show, which he sold out as well. Santos released his second album “Formula Vol. 2” in 2014 in collaboration with several top artists, such as Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart, Drake, and Carlos Santana, among others. He dropped his third album “Golden” in 2017 and achieved multi-platinum status. His fourth album “Utopia” marked the reunion of Aventura, while becoming another milestone in his successful career.
The singer begins his career as the songwriter, co-producer, and lead singer of the bachata group.
Santos releases his debut album with Aventura.
Santos leaves Aventura to pursue a solo career and signs a record deal with Sony.
His second album, titled “Formula, Vol.2,” becomes the best-selling Latin album of the year.
Santos stars in the film “Furious 7,” alongside Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson.
HBO Max releases a documentary about the singer titled “Romeo Santos: King of Bachata.”
Why We Love Romeo Santos
The artist stays true to his stage name on camera and leaves us awestruck by his style. We think it is safe to say that he is one of the best-dressed celebs out there. From his live performances to interviews and award shows, the man is always dressed to impress!
Despite his massive success, Santos stays true to his roots. The artist is well-spoken, polite, and honest during fan meets and interviews. Moreover, he tries to keep certain parts of his life private so that fans can focus more on his art.
His songs are quite diverse and talk about varied experiences — from passionate love to heartbreak-induced jealousy. Moreover, his song ‘No Tiene La Culpa’ delves into the struggles of a gay man.
5 Surprising Facts
He discovered bachata as a kid
Santos discovered bachata at the young age of 10.
His admiration for Julio Iglesias
Although young Santos was influenced by several genres and artists, he particularly admired Iglesias for his voice and style.
The inspiration for his stage name
His stage name — Romeo — was inspired Shakespeare’s classic character as an alter ego to the otherwise shy Santos.
His views on marriage
The singer does not necessarily believe in marriage, stating that though marriage works for some people, the best relationships, in his experience, are more laid-back and marriage often turns relationships into business.
He does not believe in his image
Despite his sex symbol image, Santos sees himself as a regular-looking guy.
Romeo Santos FAQs
Does Romeo Santos have a kid?
He has two sons — Alex Damian Santos and Valentino Santos.
Does Romeo Santos write his songs?
Yes, Santos often writes his own songs.
Is Romeo Santos back with Aventura?
Yes, Aventura had a reunion in 2020.
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