Elmer Figueroa Arce, better known as Chayanne, was born in Puerto Rico on June 28, 1968, and is the third of five siblings. He recently married the Venezuelan Marilisa Maronese, with whom he had a baby who is almost three years old, named Lorenzo Valentino.
Like any other adolescent, Chayanne loved riding motorcycles, playing tennis, and enjoying a good book. He is a tireless fighter and very self-disciplined, thanks to which he has become an example for all his generation. Chayanne is owes his stage name to his mother and a US television show. He made his singing debut when he was only ten, becoming a part of the group Los Chicos (the boys), one of the most highly acclaimed groups in the 1980s, causing a true frenzy among the adolescents of the day. Professionally, he has recorded 14 albums/CDs, five with Los Chicos and nine others as a solo performer.
In 1987 he recorded for the first time with Sony Music International (CBS Records), an album/CD titled Chayanne, among whose songs the major hits were Tu pirata soy yo ("I'm Your Pirate"), Este ritmo se baila así ("You Dance This Beat Like This"), and Fuiste un trozo de hielo en la escarcha ("You Were a Chunk of Ice in the Frost").
In 1989 he recorded his second album/CD (for Sony) also titled Chayanne, among whose songs the major hits were Fiesta en América ("Party in America"), Violeta ("Violet"), Te deseo ("I Want You"), and Para tenerte otra vez ("To Have You Again"). This album was also recorded in Portuguese and resulted in several hits in the Brazilian market. This recording was deemed worthy of a nomination for the Grammy awards in 1989 in the Best Latin Pop Performance category.
That same year he signed an exclusive contract worldwide with the Pepsi-Cola company, and recorded the first commercial that came out in Spanish without subtitles primarily in the United States, Latin America, and Europe during the beginning of the Grammy Awards (1989). Then he recorded another commercial for Pepsi, this time in English.
Other recordings of his include: Sangre latina ("Latin Blood"), Tiempo de vals ("Waltz Time"), Provócame ("Turn Me On"), Influencias ("Influences"), Volver a nacer ("To Be Born Again") and, most recently, Atado a tu amor ("Tied to Your Love"), which also received a nomination for the Grammy Awards in the Best Latin Pop Performance category, in 1998.