Juan Luis Guerra was born on June 7th, 1957, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a singer-songwriter and self-producer who has sold millions of records and won numerous awards including nine Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Latin Billboard Music Awards. He won a record 5 Latin Grammy awards won in one night in 2007. He is one of the most internationally recognised Dominican artists. His first album “Soplando” was released way back in 1984.
His pop style is a fusion of Meringue-Bachata-Bolero-Salsa-Pop and has garnered him considerable success outside the Dominican Republic. Juan Luis Guerra is sometimes associated with the popular Dominican music Bachata. While this association is partially true, he actually uses the basics of Bachata rhythm with a more bolero feel to the melodies in his songs. “Ojalá Que Llueva Café” (1989) is one of his most critically acclaimed self-written and composed pieces. A remix of “La llave de mi corazón” with Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas is an example of his fusing of different genres.
Juan Luis Guerra has recorded several songs in English, like “July 19th” on his Fogaraté album (1995), and more recently “Medicine for My Soul” and “Something Good” with Italian singer Chiara Chivello. Some of his songs have verses in both English and Spanish such as “Woman del Callao”, “Guavaberry”, “Señorita” and more recently “La Llave de Mi Corazón”. Album Areíto featured two songs, cover-title song “Areíto” and “Naboria daca, mayanimacaná” which are sung in the Arawak language of the extinct Taino natives of Hispaniola. Juan Luis Guerra also recorded the album “Bachata Rosa” in Portuguese.
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