31 de Julio, 2008 - 07:00 AM EDT
Foto: Universal Music Latino
He took an interest in music at a very young age; influenced by the popular performers of that time.
When he was only 4 years old, Fonsi joined the prestigious Children's Choir of San Juan, even then demonstrating the vocal talents that would ultimately bring him success as a pop singer.
Fonsi went on to study voice and music theory in Puerto Rico until he moved to Florida with his parents when he was 10 years old. There, in Orlando, Florida, he joined a local band called "Big Guys" during the time he was in high school.
Fortunately, the band was selected to sing the national anthem for a sports event. Fonsi and the band had been noticed and their work as professional artists had begun.
By 1995, Fonsi had enrolled in Florida State University where he pursued his special interest: singing. He also joined the school's choir and went on tour with them throughout the United States and England, where he sang with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Fonsi released his debut album Comenzaré and surprised the music industry with artistry. His ballads were tinged with elements of gospel and rhythm and blues music and won him instant recognition.
The next year, Fonsi was asked by Olga Tañón to sing the song "Enamorados", with her at a concert in the Coliseo Roberto Clemente, in San Juan. The duet won critical acclaim and the resulting album from the event won gold record status that summer.
In that same year, Fonsi also performed in the "La noche de Estereotempo" concert, along with other pop and salsa stars such as Yolandita Monge and Gilberto Santa Rosa. But it was the young Fonsi that surprised the critics with his excellent performance and choreography.
With his popularity growing, Fonsi released his second album Eterno in 2000 with songs like Eterno. The release was an instant market success and his five concert performances at the Anonio Paoli hall in the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, were all sold-out events. Clearly, the critics were impressed with the elan as well as vocal talent of this young artist.
Others noted the same and Fonsi was selected to give a concert performance in Rome for Pope John Paul II. It's not certain that the Pope's blessing had any effect but Fonsi's career continued full bore with another concert at Bellas Artes and chart leading success of his following single, "Imagínate" .