Elmer Figueroa Arce (born June 29, 1968), best known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer and actor. As a solo artist, Chayanne has released 21 solo-albums and sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Elmer Figueroa Arce, widely known as Chayanne, was born in Rio Piedras but when he was a little child their parents move to San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on the 29th of June 1968, the third child among five siblings. Although it is widely believed that his date of birth is on the 28th of June. In an interview, he said his mother entered the hospital on the 28th and gave birth at daybreak of the 29th. The doctor, however, still registered his birth on the 28th.
After the birth of two more siblings the family moved to San Lorenzo in the southeast part of the island (called El Pueblo de los Samaritanos - The Town of Samaritans - or La Tierra de las Leyendas - The Land of Legends). This is his home, where he frequently returns to visit his family.
Elmer Figueroa became Chayanne while still a child; a nickname that was given to him by his mother after a favorite television series of the 60’s entitled "Cheyenne".
Career with Los Chicos
In the late 70s, he auditioned for Menudo, but he was told at the time that he was too young to be in the group. He became part of another group, Los Chicos, who made several #4 hits, including "Puerto Rico Son Los Chicos" and Ave María.
After Los Chicos separated in 1984, Chayanne began his career as a solo artist. He signed with RCA Ariola and released his first album, Chayanne es mi Nombre, that year. His second album with RCA, Sangre Latina was released in 1986.
After three years with RCA, Chayanne switched labels to Sony Music and broke out with his first self-titled album in 1987. This album would feature a blend of ballads and dance tracks, a formula Chayanne would be famous for. It featured two #4 hits on the Hot Latin Songs, the ballad "Peligro de Amor" written by Michael Sullivan and Paulo Massadas and a song that would cement him as an overall performer, the upbeat dance track "Fiesta en America" written by Honorio Herrero.
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