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Luis Fonsi

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San Juan, Puerto Rico (1999 – present)

Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, more commonly known as Luis Fonsi, (born April 15, 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Latin Grammy winning Puerto Rican singer, composer and soap opera actor.

Fonsi and his family moved to Orlando, Florida, during Fonsi’s early childhood. Fonsi’s childhood was relatively average for kids his age, beginning to dream about becoming a member of Menudo, arguably Latin America’s most famous boy band in history, around the time he was ten years old.

Because of the air distance between his home in Orlando and Menudo’s base back in Puerto Rico in particular, Fonsi was not able to achieve that particular childhood dream. He did, however, participate in many local boy bands, including one, Big Guys, where he met, and befriended, future *NSYNC member Joey Fatone. On April of that year, Fonsi had a brief return to the singing stage, when former Menudo Ray Reyes invited him and Lopez to a concert which was held at San Juan’s Roberto Clemente coliseum. The press widely covered what El Vocero titled as Fonsi’s moment as a Menudo, when he took the stage and joined the members of El Reencuentro to sing some of their old hits.

Fonsi’s popularity has transcended ages and genres in Puerto Rico: industrialist Salvador Vassallo, for example, has told El Vocero that Fonsi is among his favorite singers.

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