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Marc Anthony (Marco Antonio Muniz) is the number one selling tropical/salsa artist in the world the salsa phenomenon of his generation on the verge of making a spectacular musical crossover. Marc's talent has catapulted him onto the silver screen and the Broadway stage.
He has been described as the quintessential urban Latino Renaissance man. Marc's cultural sensibility was formed both by the New York City of his upbringing and the Puerto Rico of his parents' roots. As a result he has been uniquely able to capture in his music an emerging Latino-American consciousness in the urban United States.
Marc's career started when he was a teenager doing back-up vocals for English language "Freestyle" dance music and penning songs for various artists. At age 19, he performed at Carnegie Hall and later that same year at Madison Square Garden, where he opened a tribute concert for Tito Puente in celebration of his 100th landmark album.
In 1991, the music industry began to take notice when his single "Ride On the Rhythm" from the album "When the Night is Over" reached #1 on the Billboard charts. Two years later Marc's manager offered him the opportunity to record his first salsa album, "Otra Nota." His first album was a huge success, exceeding double platinum. It remains one of the hottest selling albums in the tropical market in the mainland US and Puerto Rico.
Early in his career Marc Anthony was honored with Billboard's award for "Best New Artist of the Year," "Lo Nuestro" awards, "Ace" awards and a "Diplo" award in Puerto Rico. His second album, "Todo a Su Tiempo" released in 1995 has sold more than 800,000 copies. It has surpassed quadruple platinum and was certified gold in the mainland US and Puerto Rico. In 1996, Marc was nominated for a Grammy award. He also garnered Billboard's "Hot Tropical Artist of the Year" award in 1995 and in 1996.
His third salsa album, "Contra La Corriente," released in November of 1997, has broken records. It is the first salsa album in history to debut in Billboard's Top 200 and reach the number one position on both Hot Latin Tracks and Top Latin 50 at the same time. As was his second album, it was certified gold in the US and Puerto Rico. "Contra La Corriente" received "Billboard" awards for "Male Tropical Album of the Year" and "Hot Latin Track of the Year" (Y Hubo Alguien) in 1998 and was voted one of TIME Magazine's "Top Ten Albums of the Year" (1997).
Along with the release of his third album came another milestone event. In October 1997 Marc Anthony sold out Madison Square Garden, becoming the only salsa performer to ever sell out the venue.
Marc's achievements have earned him major media attention. He has appeared as a featured guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Late Night With David Letterman," "VH1 Storytellers," "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," and "Good Morning America." He was voted as one of the Ten Most Influential People by New York Magazine and was also profiled by The New Yorker and VIBE magazines.
In addition to his colossal musical talent, Marc Anthony has appeared in several major Hollywood films including: "Hackers," (1995) in which he plays a young secret service agent; "Big Night," (1996) where he portrays a shy kitchen hand; and "The Substitute," (1996) where his performance as a young rebel who learns life's lessons the hard way caught the attention of Hollywood producers and directors.
On Broadway, Marc Anthony melded his two ambitions into one spectacular role. Alongside the legendary Ruben Blades and Puerto Rico's own Ednita Nazario, Marc starred in Paul Simon's "The Capeman." "The Capeman" marked the first time a Broadway musical with a Latino theme featured a predominantly Latino cast; it was history in the making. Though the show had a limited run, critics lauded the artist's performance.
Upon the closing of "The Capeman," Marc recorded the theme song to "The Mask of Zorro," alongside Australian superstar Tina Arena. The Sony Classical song was composed by James Horner and written by Will Jennings, renown for their "Titanic" hit, "My Heart Will Go On." He also appeared with actress Jennifer Lopez in a short film/video for his hit single "No Me Conoces."
In June 1998, Marc Anthony signed a major recording contract with Columbia records, which allowed him to expand his musical repertoire into the English language pop/ballad genre.
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