Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 15, 1978, Luis Fonsi showed a strong interest in music from a very young age. While living in Puerto Rico, he sang with the San Juan Children’s Choir. He also loved the group Menudo, and often imitated them. At the age of 10, he moved with his family to Orlando, Florida. Here, he attended Dr. Phillips High School and became a member of a group known as Big Guys, who sang at festivals and parties. Joey Fatone, who went on to join NSYNC, was also a member of Big Guys.
Fonsi received a full scholarship to Florida State University to study Vocal Performance. While there, he was a member of the school’s choir which took him to events across the United States as well as London. While he was still in school, he recorded demos and was given a recording contract by Universal Music Latino.
His first album, Comenzaré was released in 1998, and reached number 11 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. He immediately became a star in Puerto Rico and all across Latin America.
In 2000, Luis Fonsi performed in front of Pope John Paul II at the Great Jubilee Concert for a Debt-Free World. In 2001, he performed at the White House to honor the September 11 attack victims. He opened for Britney Spears’ Dream Within a Dream Tour in both the United States and Mexico in 2002.
His sixth album, Paso a Paso made its debut at number one, bringing him international fame. His song “No Me Doy Por Vencido” from his seventh album, Palabras del Silencio debuted at number 98 of the Billboard Hot 100 — his first song to hit the Billboard Hot 100. The song also made it to number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks. In 2009, Luis Fonsi won a Latin Grammy for Song of the Year for “Aqui Estoy Yo”.
In January 2017, he released “Despacito”, which featured Daddy Yankee. So far, the video has had over 1 billion views. In April 2017, the song was remixed in English and features Justin Bieber.