Community | Latin Superstar Marc Anthony
A Latin superstar known for not only melting hearts but also filling them with love, Marc Anthony deserved this week's #LatinExcellence
Marc Anthony is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, and actor. He was most recently awarded 2016 Latin Recording Academy® Person of the Year Award at the 17th Annual Latin Grammys. He was not always Marc Anthony, born Marco Antonio Muniz in New York after a popular Puerto Rican singer. Needless to say, Marc Anthony was destined for greatness. He started as a backup singer for groups such as Menudo and the Latin Rascals. He was also influenced by huge names in the Latin music industry like Puente, Ruben Blades and Juan Gabriel. Marc was inspired to create his own Spanish-based sound. As fame grew for him he changed his name to Marc Anthony to avoid being confused with the popular artist he was named after.
Marc Anthony Early Career
Marc Anthony branched off to create stardom for himself. He released his first music record entitled “Rebel” in 1988. Rebel was a freestyle album. From the release, his fame has skyrocketed. After a few years, specifically in 1992 he switched his sound from freestyle to a more Spanish-based salsa sound. This is the sound he has continued to stick to even until this day. In 1998 he received his first Grammy but it would be far from his last. Marc Anthony currently has two Grammy Awards and Five Latin Grammy Awards. He is one of the most influential performing tropical salsa artist of all time. He has also received the Lifetime Chairs Achievement Award by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C.
Marc Anthony has worked tirelessly to obtain his success and his commitment is exemplified through all of his achievements. Not only has he been successful in the music industry, he also proves to be compassionate as well. He helped launch the Maestro Cares Foundation in 2012 and since then the foundation has flourished in to an extraordinary institution. It focuses on rescuing and providing resources for impoverished Latin-American children in both Latin America and the United States of America. The Maestro Cares Foundation provides housing, educational programs, and basic necessities for children along with instilling confidence and the importance of discipline in them to breed socially conscious adults.
Marc Anthony continues to embody Latin Excellence for not only melting hearts through his music but also his humanitarianism. As Latin è excellence recipient, Marc Anthony has nearly perfected his craft and has maintained his title as an ambassador of Latin music and culture!