Produced December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin started appearing in commercials at age six. He was a part of teen singing group Menudo until he turned 18. His debut English album and single were extremely successful. He continues to make music in both Spanish and English now.
Produced Enrique Jose Martin Morales IV, he started appearing in advertisements on local television throughout the age of six. He auditioned three times for the teen singing group Menudo before ultimately earning a position in 1984. In his five years with Menudo, Martin toured around the planet, singing in several languages. He reached the group’s age limit of 18 in 1989, and returned to Puerto Rico only long enough to finish high school before moving to The Big Apple to continue a solo performing and singing career. His debut solo album, Ricky Martin, was launched in 1988 by the Sony Latin office, followed with another attempt, Me Amaras, in 1989.
The show proved so popular that he reprised the character in a film edition of the serial. In 1993, Martin moved to La, where he made his American TV debut in the NBC sitcom Getting By.
While Martin was actively pursuing his performing career, he was also recording and releasing records and making concert appearances. He’d become well known in his native Puerto Rico and among the Latin/Hispanic community in general. His third album, A Medio Vivir, came out in 1997, the exact same year he added his voice to the Spanish language version of Disney’s animated feature, Hercules.
He followed that star-making Grammy night together with the launch of his phenomenally successful first English single, “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” His record Ricky Martin debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Martin was likewise featured on the cover of Time magazine and credited with helping to bring a growing Latin ethnic sway to the mainstream of American pop music.
To enhance the extraordinary popular success of his debut English album and single, Martin was nominated in four classes in the Grammy Awards, held in February 2000.
In November 2000, Martin released Sound Loaded, the much-anticipated follow up record to Ricky Martin.
His best Spanish language hits were compiled on La Historia (2001). It was followed two years later by Almas del Silencio, which included new content sung in Spanish. The record Life (2005) was his first English language record since 2000. The record did fairly well, reaching the top 10 of Billboard’s album charts. Martin, nonetheless, has yet in order to recapture the exact same amount of pop success he attained with preceding records.
Ricky Martin released his autobiography Me in 2010, which rapidly turned into a bestseller. Martin shortly released a brand new record of tunes mainly in Spanish, Msica Alma Sexo, which climbed nearly to the very top of the pop charts and became his latest No. 1 record on the Latin charts.
In the year 2012, Martin made a guest appearance on the high school musical show Glee. He also returned to Broadway that April to get a resurrection of the hit musical Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He plays the role of Ch, who helps narrate the story of Eva Peron, among Argentina’s most renowned figures and wife to leader Juan Peron.
Martin is the dad to two twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, produced in 2008 into a surrogate. Once evasive about his private life, Ricky Martin came out in 2010 on his web site. He wrote, “I ‘m proud to mention that I’m a lucky gay guy. I’m really blessed to be who I ‘m.” He’s now dating Carlos Gonzlez Abella.
An activist for a lot of causes, he founded the Ricky Martin Foundation in 2000 as a child advocacy organization. In 2006, Martin spoke in support of a United Nations attempt to enhance the rights of children world-wide before the U.S. House International Relations Committee. Martin, through his foundation, additionally supports attempts by other charitable organizations. For his philanthropic work, Martin has received numerous awards, such as the 2005 International Humanitarian Award in the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.