The biggest-selling salsa artist of all time, Marco Antonio Muñiz, known professionally as Marc Anthony, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and television producer born in New York City on September 16, 1968 to Puerto Rican parents: father –Felipe Muñiz, a musician and hospital lunchroom worker and mother –Guillermina, a housewife.
At a tender age, Anthony was tutored in music theory and composition by his father; along with listening to Latin musicians such as Juan Gabriel, Willie Colón, Hector Lavoe and Rubén Blades. Anthony and his sister were discovered when he was 12 by demo producer David Harris and hired to sing background on several commercials. Displaying a knack for song writing, in 1988, he wrote the song “Boy, I’ve Been Told” for school friend and freestyle artist Sa-Fire which became a Top 40 hip-hop hit. That same year Anthony released his first album which was a freestyle music record, “Rebel” on Bluedog Records.
In 1991, Anthony released his official debut Latin hip-hop album, When the Night Is Over, which he recorded working with disc jockey and producer Little Louie Vega. The album which housed the single Ride on the Rhythm that reached the top slot on Billboard’s dance music charts also featured guest appearances by Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri.
Anthony’s second album (his Spanish-language debut) Otra Nota, which was produced and arranged by Sergio George), was released in 1993 bore a lucid representation of Anthony’s in-depth salsa roots.
Todo a Su Tiempo, his third studio album released in 1995 bagged Anthony a Billboard award for Hot Tropical Artist of the Year, sold more than 800,000 copies and became established as a gold record in the United States and Puerto Rico.
1999 saw the release of Anthony’s Fourth (and second Spanish) album Contra la Corriente and it won the 1999 Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Performance. The album’s single Y Hubo Alguien became Anthony’s first number one single on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and also the first by a salsa musician. Also that same year, Anthony released the first edition of an English-language, self-titled album with Grammy nominated single I Need to Know and Dímelo. The second edition released in 2000 spawned the smash hit You Sang To Me (written for his then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez) which earned a Grammy award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
In 2001, he released yet another salsa album, Libre, which was certified gold and spent 14 weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. In 2002, Anthony debuted another English-language album, Mended.
In 2004, Anthony released a Latin pop album, Amar Sin Mentiras. In 2006, he released a Spanish greatest-hits album Sigo Siendo Yo and then In 2010 released another Latin album, Iconos, on which he covered classic pop ballads.
In the spring of 2013, Anthony debuted Vivir Mi Vida, a single from his salsa album 3.0 which topped Billboard’s Latin Songs chart for 18 straight weeks, making it the longest-running No.1 salsa single of all time. The album received a Latin Grammy for Recording of the Year.