Elvis Crespo

Elvis Crespo is the only Latin artist who has literally been played on the moon and who has been able to put tropical style music on long-standing national charts. Spain’s national soccer team celebrated the 2010 championship title singing one of his songs, and even President Barak Obama let his rhythm sweep throughout the Hispanic Congressional Caucus Annual Awards (HCCAA) Gala in Washington, D.C. These are only a few of the achievements by Elvis Crespo, the tropical artist whose exciting career has broken all the boundaries in music.

At least three of Elvis Crespo’s songs (Tu Sonrisa, Suavemente, and Píntame) have overcome all kinds of barriers and become veritable anthems for celebrations and parties, no matter the language or continent. Suavemente, his most renowned song, has been heard everywhere from towns in Egypt to concerts in Australia. In fact, it was the only Spanish-language song to be included on the playlist that the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery listened to on their 2006 mission. He has quickly gone from being just another tropical artist to becoming the “King of Merengue” and merengue fusion.

Elvis Crespo was born in New York City on July 30, 1971; however, he only lived there until the age of six, when his family moved back to Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. There, he developed his biggest passions: music and baseball. When he was just a boy, his dream was to join the popular group Menudo and, later, become a professional baseball player. In sports, he chose to become a team manager. Meanwhile, music continued to be a passion in his life, and at 17 years old he began to work with the bands of Willie Berríos, Lenny Pérez, and Toño Rosario. Elvis received his big break when he joined Grupo Manía in the mid-90s as a singer and songwriter.

One of the group’s biggest hits was Linda Eh, which he wrote. This gave him the exposure necessary and three years later, in 1998, Sony offered to launch his career as a solo artist.

After his debut, Elvis Crespo set the stage for what would be an exciting and soaring career. His first album, “Suavemente,” rose to the top of the Billboard National Hot Latin Top 40 Chart, and two of his songs, Tu Sonrisa and Suavemente, simply rocketed. Suavemente, his first single, was #1 on the Billboard National Hot List and stayed at the top for seven weeks, making it the longest-standing tropical song on a national chart. Moreover, he was the first Sony Tropical artist to have sold over 1 million copies of an album in the United States and over 4 million worldwide.

In 2010, the undisputed king of merengue fusion released his eighth music album as a solo artist, which was titled, “Indestructible,” a word that perfectly represents his career, as Elvis has not only overcome many obstacles, but has also broken through unimaginable barriers to get to where he is today. Elvis Crespo has more than proven his talent as a singer, having also been a songwriter, producer, actor, and TV show host. His hits have played and continue to play in his native Puerto Rico, as well as countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Australia, Dubai, Israel, Spain, Alaska and the United States, among many others.

Elvis Crespo’s unbeatable style includes his versatility, his insatiable hunger to try new genres, and to always keep his fans on the lookout for his next move. He has the courage to take risks, test his limits, and continue to set the standard in tropical music.

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