This technique he developed has led him to be the vocal coach of stars like:
Born December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin began appearing in commercials at age six. He was a member of teen singing group Menudo until he turned 18. After finishing high school, he appeared on stage and television while also pursuing his solo music career. His debut English album and single were hugely successful. He continues to make music in both Spanish and English today.
Born Enrique Jose Martin Morales IV, he began appearing in commercials on local television around the age of six. He auditioned three times for the teen singing group Menudo before finally earning a spot in 1984. In his five years with Menudo, Martin toured around the world, singing in several languages. He reached the group's age limit of 18 in 1989, and returned to Puerto Rico just long enough to finish high school before moving to New York to pursue a solo acting and singing career. His debut solo album, Ricky Martin, was released in 1988 by the Sony Latin division, followed by a second effort, Me Amaras, in 1989.
Martin traveled to Mexico to appear in a stage musical; the gig led to a role as a singer on the 1992 Spanish-language telenovela, Alcanzar una Estrella, or To Reach a Star. The show proved so popular that he reprised the role in a movie version of the serial. In 1993, Martin moved to Los Angeles, where he made his American TV debut in the NBC sitcom Getting By. In 1995 he acted on ABC's daytime soap opera, General Hospital and in 1996 he starred in the Broadway production of Les Miserables.
While Martin was actively pursuing his acting career, he was also recording and releasing albums and making concert appearances. He had become well-known in his native Puerto Rico and among the Latin/Hispanic community as a whole. His third album, A Medio Vivir, came out in 1997, the same year that he lent his voice to the Spanish-language version of Disney's animated feature, Hercules. His fourth album, Vuelve, released in 1998, featured the hit single, "La Copa de la Vida" ("The Cup of Life"), which Martin performed at the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament in France, as part of a showcase broadcast to 2 billion people around the world.
At the Grammy Awards in February 1999, Martin, already a global pop sensation, gave a sizzling performance of "La Copa de la Vida" at Los Angeles's Shrine Auditorium just before picking up an award for Best Latin Pop Performance for Vuelve. He followed that star-making Grammy night with the release of his phenomenally successful first English single, "Livin' La Vida Loca." His album Ricky Martin debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Martin was also featured on the cover of Time magazine and credited with helping to bring a growing Latin cultural influence into the mainstream of American pop music.
To add to the phenomenal popular success of his debut English album and single, Martin was nominated in four categories at the Grammy Awards, held in February 2000. Although he lost in all four categories—to veteran male pop artist Sting (Best Pop Album, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and Santana, the band led by resurgent guitarist Carlos Santana (Song of the Year, Record of the Year)—Martin delivered another red-hot live performance, a year after his triumphant Grammy debut.
In November 2000, Martin released Sound Loaded, the much-anticipated follow-up album to Ricky Martin. Its hit single, "She Bangs," earned Martin yet another Grammy nomination, for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
After Sound Loaded, Martin continued making music, both in Spanish and English. His greatest Spanish-language hits were compiled on La Historia (2001). This was followed two years later by Almas del Silencio, which contained new material sung in Spanish. The album Life (2005) was his first English-language album since 2000. The album did reasonably well, reaching the top 10 of Billboard's album charts. Martin, however, has yet to be able to recapture the same level of pop success he achieved with previous albums.
Ricky Martin published his autobiography Me in 2010, which quickly turned into a best-seller. Around this time, he also teamed with Joss Stone for the duet single, "The Best Thing About Me Is You," which proved to be a minor hit. Martin soon released a new album of songs mostly in Spanish, Música + Alma + Sexo, which climbed almost to the top of the pop charts and became his latest No. 1 recording on the Latin charts.
In 2012, Martin made a guest appearance on the high school musical series Glee. He also returned to Broadway that April for a revival of the hit musical Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He plays the role of Ché, who helps narrate the story of Eva Peron, one of Argentina's most legendary figures and wife to leader Juan Peron.
Martin is the father to two twin boys, Matteo and Valentino, born in 2008 to a surrogate. Once evasive about his private life, Ricky Martin came out in 2010 on his website. He wrote, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am." Martin explained that his decision to go public with his sexuality was inspired in part by his sons. He is currently dating Carlos Gonzélez Abella.
An activist for many causes, he founded the Ricky Martin Foundation in 2000 as a child advocacy organization. The group runs the People for Children project, which fights child exploitation. In 2006, Martin spoke in support of a United Nations effort to improve the rights of children worldwide in front of the U.S. House International Relations Committee. Martin, through his foundation, also supports efforts by other charitable organizations. For his philanthropic work, Martin has received numerous awards, including the 2005 International Humanitarian Award from the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Born in Colombia on February 2, 1977, hugely successfully Colombian pop singer and dancer Shakira has won two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards and 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Known for hits like "Whenever, Wherever" and "Hips Don't Lie," Shakira is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan. By 2012, her U.S. album sales had reached nearly 10 million.
Early Life and Career
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia. With a Lebanese father and Colombian mother, Shakira honors both her Latino and Arabic heritage in her music. She wrote her first song at the age of 8 and signed her first record deal at 13.
After her first two albums flopped, Shakira took the reins of her third album, becoming involved in every aspect of its production. Released in 1996, Pies Descalzos, meaning "bare feet," sold more than 3 million copies. The album featured her trademark sound, a blend of Latin, rock and Arabic musical styles. Her follow-up record, Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (1998), which translates as "Where are the thieves?", reached the top of Billboard's Latin charts. Not long after, Shakira won her first Grammy Award (best Latin pop album) for Shakira: MTV Unplugged (2000).
With the success of her albums, Shakira became a music superstar in the Spanish-language markets, known for her strong vocals and incredible hip-shaking belly dance moves.
While hugely popular throughout much of the rest of the world, Shakira had not yet achieved a major record on the U.S. pop charts. In an attempt to increase her American fan base, in 1997, at the age of 20, the singer moved with her family to Miami, Florida, and taught herself to write songs in English. There, she enlisted Emilio Estefan, of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine fame, to act as her manager and producer.
In 2001, Shakira released her first English-language album, Laundry Service, which quickly brought her the success in the United States she had been waiting for. The album reached No. 3 on the charts, selling more than 200,000 copies in its first week of release. Laundry Service's big hits included "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes."
Shakira returned to the Top 10 of the albums chart twice in 2005. She released the Spanish-language Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 in June of that year, followed by the English-language Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 in November. Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 garnered Shakira her second Grammy, this time for best Latin rock/alternative album.
Touring extensively, Shakira went on to release two concert albums: 2007's Live and 2008's Oral Fixation Tour. In July 2009, she put out a new single, "She Wolf," from her studio album of the same name. The album hit No. 15 on the Billboard charts in 2009, and went platinum in 2010. Around the same time, her hit "Waka Waka" from 2010's Sale el Sol became the theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Shortly thereafter, the now-global superstar headed on tour to promote her album. By January 2016, the video for "Waka Waka" had been viewed more than a billion times.
By 2012, Shakira's U.S. album sales had reached nearly 10 million and her worldwide album sales had reached more than 70 million. She is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan. In March 2014, Shakira released a self-titled studio album. The album includes a song with Voice co-star and country singer Blake Shelton. The same year, she took her signature grooves to the global stage again when she closed out the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
In late 2012, Shakira was confirmed as a judge/coach on NBC's popular singing-competition show The Voice. Along with R&B singer-songwriter Usher, Shakira made her Voice debut on the show's season 4 premiere, which aired on March 25, 2013. Replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, Shakira and Usher joined returning judges/coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. "Usher and Shakira are coming into it as a big frickin' institution," Levine said in late 2012, according to The Huffington Post. "So it's different, but it still feels good, because they're legitimate artists."
Shakira quickly became popular with TV audiences. Both she and Usher were not part of the show's fifth season, however. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green returned for that season. She and Usher made their return to the panel in season 6 of The Voice.
Outside of her busy career, Shakira created the Pies Descalzos Foundation to help children in her native Colombia receive a quality education. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and was honored by the United Nations' International Labor Organization for her philanthrophic efforts in 2010.
I always ask myself, what was the real purpose to my life? I always knew it was not to shake it endlessly, you know what I mean? Shakira is in a relationship with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué. The couple welcomed their first child together on January 22, 2013. They named their son Milan, which means "dear, loving and gracious" in Slavic; "eager and laborious" in Ancient Roman; and "unification" in Sanskrit, according to a statement on Shakira's website. In August 2014, the couple announced she was pregnant again. Their second son, Sasha, was born on January 29, 2015.
Shakira previously dated Antonio de la Rua, son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua. In April 2013, de la Rua made headlines when he sued the Latin songstress for $250 million, charging that he had helped create some of his ex's hit songs as well as the "Shakira brand."
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia on July 10, 1972, Sofia Vergara worked as a model before relocating to the U.S. and becoming a highly-regarded TV host of programs on Univision. She started acting in films at the start of the new millennium and became a household name years later for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the hit sitcom Modern Family, with the actress earning consecutive Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Additional projects have included Happy Feet Two, The Smurfs and Chef.
Background and Early Career
Sofía Vergara was born in Barranquilla, Colombia on July 10, 1972 to a large family, learning English at a bilingual elementary school and eventually studying dentistry. Yet as a teen Vergara was discovered on a beach by a photographer, and got her start on screen doing a Pepsi commercial for the Latin American markets, later working as a model and also starring in a Mexican telenovela.
Vergara would go on to become an Univision television personality in the mid-1990s after she relocated to the United States, hosting the travel show Fuera de Serie and then the variety show A Que No Te Atreves. She had also caught the attention of English-language audiences with a short, captivating turn in the 1995 American Comedy Awards. By the end of the decade, the formidable Vergara had received the Hispanic Woman of the Year award. Yet tragedy had struck during this time as well, as Vergara's brother was killed by gunfire in her home country in 1996.
Major Hit With 'Modern Family'
In the early 2000s, Vergara became known as a film actress following her debut in 2002's Big Trouble, starring alongside Tim Allen and Rene Russo. 2003's Chasing Papi came next, in which Vergara plays one of Thomas Fuentes' three girlfriends. By the end of the decade, in addition to doing TV work here and there, she had also starred in two films that directed by Tyler Perry—Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail, in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Also in 2009, the actress debuted on the Broadway stage, playing Mama Morton in Chicago, and began her role as the sexy and assertive Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, wife of Jay (Ed O'Neil), on the ABC sitcomModern Family.
The show was an instant hit commercially and critically and soon won several Emmy Awards. Vergara has earned four consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting actress in a Comedy Series, receiving four consecutive Golden Globe nominations as well.
Vergara has continued to be a comedy contender on the big screen as well. In 2011, she co-starred in The Smurfs and voiced the role of Carmen inHappy Feet Two—a sequel to the original 2006 Warner Bros. film. She was seen winding up the year as part of the ensemble cast of New Year's Eve. Later projects have included the over-the-top action flock Machete Kills (2013) as well as art-house projects Fading Gigolo (2013) and Chef(2014), with the latter directed by and co-starring Jon Favreau.
Pursuing other business ventures outside of the entertainment world, the actress launched her own Kmart clothing line in 2011, as well as a fragrance and jewelry collection in 2014.
Sofia Vergara was married to childhood sweetheart Joe Gonzalez and they have a son, Manolo, who was born in 1992. The couple divorced in 1993. In July 2012, Vergara became engaged to Nick Loeb, a New Yorker and film production company co-owner. The couple called it quits however in May 2014.
Vergara found herself in the midst of a legal battle with Loeb in 2015. Loeb sued her over control of frozen embryos created by the pair when they were a couple. He claims that she was going to destroy them, but she denies this accusation. In a statement to People magazine, her attorney said that "Vergara . . . is content to leave the embryos frozen indefinitely."
Following the breakup, Vergara began dating True Blood and Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello that summer. In December 2014, Vergara and Manganiello announced their engagement. That same month during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she revealed that she had obtained American citizenship. Vergara married Manganiello on November 22, 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida.
In 2000, an endocrinologist discovered a lump in Vergara’s neck and she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Since then she has had surgery and radiation therapy and takes medication daily to control her metabolism. Vergara also created a foundation to help families in Colombia cope with cancer.
Born in Mexico in 1968, pop singer Gloria Trevi became a star in the 1990s when her debut album Que Hago Aqui? (What Am I Doing Here?) (1989) topped the charts. Her career fell apart shortly after, however, when she and manager Sergio Andrade were accused of corrupting minors, sexual abuse, and kidnapping. The couple fled Mexico but were arrested in Brazil in 2000 and were jailed. Trevi was released in 2004 and attempted to revive her career with a new album and tour.
Born Gloria de Los Angeles Trevino Ruiz, on February 15, 1968, in Monterrey, Mexico, she was the eldest of five siblings.
Her dreams of being an entertainer began young. Trevi started learning poetry recital at age five, followed by ballet and piano lessons, and later learned to play the drums. Her parents divorced when she was 10 and she left home at age 12, against her mother's wishes.
In 1980 Trevi went alone to Mexico City, with no money, to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She earned money in any way she could, including singing and dancing in the street, teaching aerobics and working at a taco stand.
In 1984 the 16-year-old Trevi met Sergio Andrade, 28, who became her mentor. In 1985, she briefly joined a girl band called Boquitas Pintadas (Little Mouths with Lipstick). Heavily influenced by British and American rock, as well as by Latin music, Trevi decided to become a solo artist. With Sergio Andrade as her manager, Trevi released her debut album Que Hago Aqui? (What Am I Doing Here?) (1989), which was an instant chart success.
Between 1991 and 1996, Trevi released five albums and starred in three Mexican box-office hit films. In 1992 she toured the Caribbean and South America, playing to audiences in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Chile and Puerto Rico. Her music was provocative and political, with lyrics dripping in sexual innuendo, but her aim was always to expose hypocrites.
The outspoken Trevi addressed issues such as religion, prostitution, drug trafficking, hunger, the upper class, and war deaths. She challenged Mexican machismo and often turned the tables on men, by bringing them up on stage during her sensual performances, and stripping them down to their underwear. Trevi also made numerous racy calendars during this period.
Despite her more raunchy side, or perhaps because of it, Trevi was adored by young Mexican and Latin American girls, who dressed like her, buying clothes in the Trevi boutiques that emerged. In short, Trevi was soon known as the Mexican Madonna. She even turned her talents to public speaking, covering subjects such as AIDS, abortion, drugs, sex, prostitution, and panhandling. She graced the covers of numerous magazines, was featured in television specials, and inspired Trevi comic books.
Running From the Law
In 1998, not long after she and manager Sergio Andrade were married, Trevi's fame and success came crashing down around her. It all started with the publication of a book by Aline Hernandez, who had previously worked as a backing singer for Andrade. Her book, De la Gloria al Infierno (From Glory to Hell), detailed her life with Andrade.
They had married when Hernandez was a mere 13 years old. By age 17, in 1996, Hernandez had managed to escape from Andrade. She claimed that Andrade was a sadistic, controlling misogynist, who picked up young girls, promised to make them stars, and instead lured them into a life of slavery, abuse and sex. Hernandez also claimed that Trevi was in love with Andrade and a willing participant in his sexual orgies and slavery. She said, "I think Gloria arrived as innocent as the rest of us were. If Gloria contributed to all this, it is because [Andrade] made her ill, turned her, trained her, educated her in his way."
In 1999, several girls who had been in Andrade's sex-slave ring, managed to escape and immediately went public with their stories. In television interviews, they told of being beaten, abused and starved, just as Hernandez had claimed in her book. Karina Yapor explained how in 1996, at age 12, she had left her home in Chihuahua, Mexico, and gone to live with Andrade and Trevi in Mexico City. A year later, at age 13, she had given birth to a baby boy and claimed Andrade was the father. She later wrote a book about her experience with Andrade and Trevi, citing horrible physical and psychological abuse.
Two teenage sisters, Karola and Katia de la Cuesta, made similar allegations of sexual abuse against Andrade and Trevi, who had originally hired them as backup singers. Another teen, Delia Gonzalez, claimed she had been recruited as a singer by Trevi. She was forced into making a pornographic film and had endured nine months of repeated rapes and beatings by Andrade.
In 1999, as a direct result of the public accusations of slavery, violence, and sexual abuse at the hands of Andrade and his accomplice, Trevi, the Mexican authorities had to react
They accused Sergio Andrade, Gloria Trevi, and choreographer and backup singer, Maria Raquenel Portillo (also known as Mary Boquitas), of corrupting minors, sexual abuse, and kidnapping. The three, who were all over the news, denied the charges and managed to escape from Mexico with about a dozen girls. They were officially declared as fugitives by the Mexican judicial system.
In late 1999, Andrade, Trevi, Boquitas and their troop of girls flew first to Spain and then to Chile. Not long after that, they moved to Argentina.
It was in Argentina that the teenage girls escaped and were returned to their homes in Mexico. Andrade, Trevi, and Boquitas then moved to Brazil, where Trevi enjoyed wandering around their neighborhood and would stop to eat at a local bakery every day.
The trio lived in Brazil for several months before they were caught by Brazilian police and arrested in January 2000.
While the three awaited their fate in a Brazilian prison, their high-profile arrest caused a legal battle. The Brazilian prosecutors wanted to charge the trio in Brazil, as that is where they had been arrested. However, the Mexican prosecutors laid claim to them, due to the fact that all the alleged crimes had begun in Mexico.
In April 2000, a Brazilian federal court ruled that the evidence against Trevi, Andrade, and Boquitas needed extensive investigation before they even considered Mexico's extradition request. The three were moved to another Brazilian prison, due to overcrowding in the facility where they were being held. It was there that Trevi became pregnant and she accused a prison guard of raping her. Under Brazilian law, pregnant women prisoners were allocated separate housing, where they could live with their children. Trevi was moved to such a facility, but before long she was sent back to prison, due to pressure from Mexican authorities.
Trevi gave birth to a son, Angel Gabriel, on February 18, 2002, in Brasilia, Brazil. The following day, authorities denied her request to keep the father's identity a secret. Following DNA tests, Andrade was confirmed as the child's father. While Trevi and Andrade had been denied conjugal visits, it is believed that they bribed a prison guard to arrange for time alone together to have sex.
Trevi wrote an autobiography while in prison in 2002, Gloria by Gloria Trevi. In it she portrays herself as an entirely innocent victim, and the other clan girls as greedy liars. She says she went along with over 15 years of abuse because of Andrade's powerful and unrelenting hold over her.
Trial and Aftermath
The Brazilian and Mexican authorities finally came to an agreement and on December 21, 2002, after nearly three years in prison, Trevi and Boquitas were extradited to Mexico to face charges. They were sent to the Aquilas Serdan prison near Chihuahua and Trevi's baby son was sent to live with his maternal grandmother.
It was alleged that while on the run, Trevi had given birth to her and Andrade's baby, a daughter, whom they had left to die, and authorities were investigating the possibility of also charging the couple with homicide. However, with no evidence and no body ever found, the homicide charges were dropped.
In late 2002 and early 2003, Trevi awaited trial but to no avail. As time went by, it became apparent that the Mexican authorities were having trouble finding concrete evidence of the alleged crimes. Andrade was then also extradited to Mexico and sent to the same prison as Trevi in November 2003. The couple were not allowed any contact.
New York Times magazine writer Christopher McDougall, published Girl Trouble: The True Saga of Superstar Gloria Trevi and the Secret Teenage Sex Cult that Stunned the World in 2004. The book was viewed by some as the most authoritative account of what actually happened. McDougall had personally interviewed both Trevi and Andrade while they were in prison, as well as many of the young girls involved, getting details of what happened while the group were fugitives.
Trevi was led to believe that she would be released from prison on 24 February 2004 but the Mexican authorities denied her her freedom. Infuriated, she went on hunger strike. Seven months later, on September 21, 2004, she was finally acquitted by a Mexican court, which cited lack of evidence in the case. Trevi was released after spending just over four years and eight months in prison, in both Brazil and Mexico.
Determined to revive her career, she immediately went back to the studio to begin recording. She released her album Como Nace el Universo (How the Universe was Born) in 2004. On Valentine's Day 2005, a day before her 37th birthday, Trevi announced a 23-city tour of the United States, called Trevolucion. It seemed that a happy and confident Trevi had put her troubles behind her and was back to her old self. In 2006, she released her album La Trayectoria (The Trajectory). Trevi is currently in a relationship with Miguel Armando, with whom she had a son in 2005.