Juan Luis Guerra
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Juan Luis Guerra Biography

Born on June 7 1957 and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Baptized with the name Juan Luis Guerra-Seijas given by his parents, the late basketball player Gilberto Guerra and mother Olga Seijas. In his days of youth Guerra used to perform at school meetings singing sentimental songs. After finishing high school he enrolled in Philosophy and Literature in the Autonomic University of Santo Domingo, realizing after one year that music was his true vocation, and changes the course of his studies to the National Music Conservatory where he finally graduates. At that moment Guerra was a great admirer of very different musicians like cuban Pablo Milanes and english rock band "The Beatles".

In the midst of many expectations Guerra released Bachata Rosa (1990), being the first edited on compact disc and the most successful from a commercial point of view, selling up until then 5 million copies and achieving the highest peaks in his career. The album's accomplishment filled stadiums and coliseums all around Latin America and Europe. It became a Grammy winner, the first for Guerra, who also was chosen as one of the presenters of the ceremony for that year next to canadien singer Celine Dion. On this recording Juan Luis gives the "bachata" rhythm world recognition, only known in dominican territory. Most of the album's songs are classics in latin music. "Burbujas de amor", "Estrellitas y Duendes" and "La Bilirrubina" traveled the world, among other ones.

During February 2006, he was the opening act and special guest for the legendary "Rolling Stones" in San Juan, Puerto Rico. That same month he performed for the 2nd time in his career in the Chilean "Festival Vina del Mar" earning the "Antorcha de Oro" (golden torch) award from the audience for his memorable performance. In March of that same year, he performed in the last three concerts of his tour, in Bogota and Cali, Colombia and in Hollywood, Florida at the Hard Rock Live. In April he was honored by BMI's singer/songwriter association, where he was named a Music Icon. During that same month, he performed live with British artist Sting singing the last song of his concert ("Fragile") at Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic. In May, he joined Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Vives and other artists in furthering Juanes' cause "Colombia without mines", through a concert successfully held in Los Angeles.

During the second half of 2006, Guerra more than once hit the number one spot in popularity charts with duets with Diego Torres (Abriendo caminos) and Mana (Bendita la luz). This last song with Mana was a great success, and occupied the number 1 spot in Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. Juan Luis also participated in the song's video and made a live appearance with the group during the Latin Grammys and the "Premios Principales" celebrated in Spain.

Guerra is currently promoting the first single of his new album. The song, entitled "The key to my heart" is a Mambo with tropical fusions. The song's video has a special appearance by upcoming Dominican Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana. There is an English version of the song for the English-speaking market entitled "Medicine for my soul". Juan Luis Guerra's new album will be available next March 20. Guerra has said that this is his most romantic album yet, and has confirmed that the album will have merengues, salsas, bachatas and folk merengue, aside from mambo. The album also includes a guitar/voice theme.

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