He is known by his last name, Fonseca. Born in Bogotá on the 29th of May, 1979. Versatility has been a trademark throughout his growing and influential songwriting career.
In 2002, Fonseca releases his self-titled debut album in Colombia garnering rave reviews and heavy rotation on radio stations.
His follow up work titled Corazón (Heart), was released in 2005 under EMI Music Colombia and included “Te Mando Flores”, a song that toped Colombian radio charts for 22 consecutive weeks, and was later followed by “Hace Tiempo” and “Cómo me Mira”, two singles that launched his growing popularity in Latin America.
With Corazón, Fonseca earned a spot in the international music map, by being awarded the “Best New Tropical Artist” both by Premios Lo Nuestro and MTV Latin America. The album also won “Best Tropical Album” in the Billboard Latin Music Awards and “Te Mando Flores” was granted the Latin Grammy for “Best Tropical Song” in 2008.
Already considered Colombian’s music newest star, Fonseca presents his new album Gratitud in 2008 reaching No. 1 soon after its release. The album’s tour GRATITOUR traveled to more than 25 countries and reached 16 cities in the United States. Hit songs like “Estar Lejos”, recorded with Willie Colon, and “Arroyito” were guests of honor on every evening’s playlist. These songs earned him two Latin Grammy nominations and the tour took Fonseca for the first time in his career to Europe and China, where he represented Colombia in the Shanghai World Expo (2010).
Fonseca decides to use his voice to fight worthy causes including “Canta Conmigo”, a social initiative created by the Colombian Presidency that sought the social reintegration of former militants of the guerrillas and paramilitares through music. He also participated in several United Nations’ programs, one of which was “Ya no más violencia contra las mujeres” (no more violence against women). For this initiative, the artist performed a historical show in Guatemala City’s Plaza de la Constitución. Recently he joined fellow musician Juanes in the campaign “Soñar en un Derecho” (Dreaming is a Right), which fights against the detention of minors by illegal groups.
In late 2011, Fonseca releases his most recent album Ilusión which certified Quintuple Platinum in Colombia only four months after its release. The album was taken to the road on a tour that visited more than 17 Colombian cities. The album, produced by Fonseca, Bernardo Ossa (producer of Corazón and Gratitud) and Venezuelan producer Andrés Levin, combines different genres with Vallenato, Pop, Rock and Merengue in 10 songs written by some of the most recognized songwriters such as Claudia Brant, Descemer Bueno and Alejandro Bassi, among others.
Ilusión was simultaneously launched in over 10 countries: Venezuela, Ecuador, Perú, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Honduras, Panamá, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and most recently the United States.
With “Eres Mi Sueño”, the album’s first single, Fonseca has once again top the charts thanks to its contagious rhythm of urban merengue topped by Vallenato and its acordeon.
Ilusión won this past year Latin Grammys in the category- “Best Tropical Fusion Album.”; and this year received a Grammy nomination for “Best Latin Pop Album”.
Fonseca’s popularity is palpable both on stage and social media, reaching more than half a million fans through his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/fonsecamusic) and close to two million followers in Twitter (@fonseca) (http://twitter.com/#!/fonseca). The video for “Eres Mi Sueño” already registers more than two million views on YouTube.
His immeasurable talent and more than a million records sold make Fonseca one of the top Latin American acts of our days.