Artist profile – Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos is a well-known bachata star whose latest single is currently rocking the number one spot of the US Latin top 50 billboard. He is one of the major players credited for transforming bachata from traditional folk music into the popular urban genre that it is known as today.

Like many of today’s popular Latin artists, Romeo Santos was born in the Bronx of New York City to Latino immigrant parents. Romeo was exposed to music at a young age, and started exploring his vocal talents by joining a local church choir at the age of 13.

With a number of his friends, Romeo formed a singing group called Los Teenagers, which quickly gained popularity with local youths. This eventually led to a record deal in 1999, where Los Teenagers changed their name to Grupo Aventura.

Aventura – Obsesion

Aventura was well known for challenging and redefining the bachata genre by injecting hip hop into the traditional bachata styling, and transforming the genre into mainstream Latin music. As Aventura’s lead singer, Romeo played a major role in the group’s success.

In 2011, Romeo decided to go solo. Using Aventura’s popularity as a springboard, his debut album, Formula Vol. 1 quickly became one of the most popular Latin albums of the 2011 as well as 2012.

Romeo Santos – You

His latest single, Propuesta Indecente, part of his upcoming album, Formula, Vol. 2, is enjoying the same high level of success. Romeo continues to blend in multiple genres, this time introducing a tango element; adding a note of drama and tease into the music.

Romeo Santos – Propuesta Indecente

Are you loving Romeo Santos’s new stuff, or should he never have left Aventura?
Let us know in the comments!

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