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Chayanne performing at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
Background information
Birth name Elmer Figueroa Arce
Born June 28, 1968 (1968-06-28) (age 41)
Origin San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
Genres Latin pop
Occupations Singer
Years active 1980–present
Labels Sony Music / RCA Records
Associated acts Los Chicos

Elmer Figueroa Arce (born June 28, 1968), best known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer.



Early life

Elmer Figueroa Arce, widely known as Chayanne, was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico on the 29th of June 1968, the third child among five siblings. Although it is widely believed that his date of birth is on the 28th of June. In an interview, he said his mother entered the hospital on the 28th and gave birth at daybreak of the 29th. The doctor, however, still registered his birth on the 28th.

After the birth of two more siblings the family moved to San Lorenzo in the southwest part of the island (called El Pueblo de los Samaritanos - The Town of Samaritans - or La Tierra de las Leyendas - The Land of Legends). This is his home, where he frequently returns to visit his family.

Elmer Figueroa became Chayanne while still a child; a nickname that was given to him by his mother after a favorite television series of the 60’s entitled "Cheyenne".

Career with Los Chicos

In the late 70s, he auditioned for Menudo, but he was told at the time that he was too young to be in the group.[citation needed] He became part of another group, Los Chicos, who made several #4 hits, including "Puerto Rico Son Los Chicos" and Ave María.

Solo Artist

After Los Chicos separated in 1984, Chayanne began his career as a solo artist. He signed with RCA Ariola and released his first album, Chayanne es mi Nombre, that year. His second album with RCA, Sangre Latina was released in 1986.

Chayanne during a concert in Managua, Nicaragua.

After three years as a solo artist, Chayanne broke out with his first self-titled album in 1987. It featured two #4 hits on the Hot Latin Songs, the ballad "Peligro de Amor" written by Michael Sullivan and Paulo Massadas and a song that would cement him as an overall performer, the upbeat dance track "Fiesta en America" written by Honorio Herrero.

In 1988, Chayanne switched labels to Sony Music and released the eponymous album, Chayanne. This album included several hit singles such as Honorio Herrero's "Tu Pirata Soy Yo", José María Cano's "Fuiste un Trozo de Hielo en la Escarcha" and "Este Ritmo Se Baila Así", composed by Pierre-Edouard Decimus, Jacob Desvarieux and Roberto Livi. At the same time, Chayanne became a spokesperson for Pepsi, with the airing of the first Spanish speaking advertising spot broadcasted on national television coast to coast during the 1989 Grammy Awards telecast.

In 1990 he released the album Tiempo de Vals, featuring some of his best-selling singles such as the title track, composed by José María Cano, "Completamente Enamorados", composed by Piero Cassano, Adelio Cogliati and Eros Ramazzotti and "Daría Cualquier Cosa", composed by Luis Gómez Escolar and Julio Seijas. He followed it with the album whose title track would eventually become Chayanne's signature song, Provocame (1992). That album also featured the hit El Centro de mi Corazon (#1 U.S. Hot Latin, 1992). Two years later, he released the album Influencias (1994), which was a tribute to some of his musical influences. In 1996, he released Volver a Nacer.

In 1998, he received his second Grammy nomination with the album Atado a Tu Amor, which featured his first #1 hit since 1992, "Dejaria Todo" as well as a long-lasting hit in the title track. The hot streak continued in 2000 when Chayanne released Simplemente with the top-ten hit "Candela" and the number-one hit "Yo Te Amo." In 2002, he released "Grandes Exitos," a greatest hits album with a few new tracks. One of those new tracks, "Y Tu Te Vas," was the number-one song of the summer in 2002. The next year, Chayanne released Sincero which featured two number-one songs, "Un Siglo Sin Ti" and "Cuidarte el Alma". In 2005, he did a tour along with Mexican Alejandro Fernández and fellow Puerto Rican Marc Anthony. That same year, he released two albums. First, a second greatest hits album, "Desde Siempre" with the new song "Contra Vientos y Mareas," followed by Cautivo with hits such as "No Se Por Que", "Te Echo de Menos" and "No Te Preocupes Por Mi."

Chayanne’s 13th album Mi Tiempo was released on April 2007. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Top Latin Album chart selling 17,000 copies in its first week of release. The first single off the album "Si Nos Quedará Poco Tiempo" reached No. 1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.

Following the album's release, Chayanne began an international tour to promote Mi Tiempo. Among the places visited early in the tour were Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and the United States.[1] On August 24, 2008, he began a series of presentations in Spain.[1] When interviewed he noted that the concert would be fluid "like a musical", and "More Latin" than his previous presentations, being composed of "more pop, Brazilian, Caribbean and reggae rhythms" which he would use to "dance constantly".[1] He also gave a special performance in Miss Universe 2003 pageant.[citation needed]

On November 3, Chayanne released a new single titled "Me Enamoré de Ti"[2] and plans to release an album early 2010. The song also serves as the theme song for the 2009 soap opera "Corazon Salvaje".

Acting career

In the 1980s, Chayanne participated in several soap operas and starred in the comedy series "Generaciones" with Luis Antonio Rivera. More recently, he has received several offers for acting jobs, but he has declined most of them for conflicting with his musical career[citation needed], which he considers his priority.

In 1994 he played himself in Volver a empezar along with Yuri. That same year, he also starred in Linda Sara opposite former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres. The film was written and directed by famous Puerto Rican Jacobo Morales. More recently he has starred in other projects like the Argentinian soap opera Provócame, for which he made the soundtrack of the same name.

In 2008, Chayanne played the title role in a television series titled Gabriel, who is a vampire.[3] To familiarize himself with the concept he adopted a different daily schedule, sleeping during the day and working at night.[3] He noted that the production wanted to "make things look as real as possible", but that the adaptation process was hard.[3] The series debuted on September 28, 2008, on Mega TV.

English-language roles

In 1998, he starred in his first Hollywood role, playing a Cuban dancer along with Vanessa L. Williams in Dance with Me. He also made a guest appearance on Ally McBeal.

Personal life

Chayanne is married to model, attorney and former Venezuelan beauty queen Marilisa Maronesse. They have two children - Lorenzo Valentino and Isadora Sofía.[4]


  • 2008: Gabriel .... Gabriel Marquez (10 episodes, 2008)
  • 2008: Premios Billboard de la música latina (TV)
  • 2004: La niñera
  • 2001: Provócame .... Pedro Balmaceda-Linares Duncan
  • 2001: Ally McBeal .... Sam Adams (2 episodes) "Hats Off to Larry" "Mr. Bo"
  • 1998: Dance with Me .... Rafael Infante
  • 1997: Siempre piel canela (TV) .... Singer
  • 1996: Al compas de un sentimiento .... Singer
  • 1994: Linda Sara .... Young Alejandro
  • 1994: Volver a Empezar.... Chayanne (Himself)
  • 1986: Pobre juventud



  1. ^ a b c Irene Mahía (2007-08-19). "Flash!" (in Spanish). Chayanne: En tierras españolas. Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. pp. 95. 
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  3. ^ a b c "Chayanne con hábitos de vampiro" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Chayanne: la coquetería mantiene vivo su matrimonio" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 

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