32 Facts About Juan Luis Guerra


Juan Luis Guerra Seijas was born on 7 June 1957 and is a Dominican musician, singer, composer, and record producer.


Juan Luis Guerra is one of the most internationally recognized Latin artists of recent decades.


Juan Luis Guerra is credited for popularizing bachata music on a global level and is often associated with the genre, although his distinct style of bachata features a more traditional bolero rhythm and aesthetic mixed with bossa-nova influenced melodies and harmony in some of his songs.


Juan Luis Guerra studied philosophy and literature at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo.


Juan Luis Guerra then studied guitar and music theory at El Conservatorio Nacional de Musica de Santo Domingo, then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, from which he graduated in 1982 with a diploma in jazz composition.


In 1983, after a performance in front of the Dominican entrepreneur Bienvenido Rodriguez, Juan Luis Guerra was signed to Karen Records.


In 1988, during the recording of the album Ojala Que Llueva Cafe, Juan Luis Guerra became the dominant vocalist of 440.


Juan Luis Guerra attracted controversy in 1992 after he released his next album, Areito.


In 2004, Juan Luis Guerra signed a one-off deal with Vene music and released his first new album in six years.


In November 2005, Juan Luis Guerra was awarded with two awards at the 6th Annual Latin Grammy Awards for Best Christian Album and Best Tropical Song for "Las Avispas".


In January 2006, Juan Luis Guerra performed at Berklee's 60th anniversary, along with other artists such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Michel Camilo and Chiara Civello.


On 6 April 2006, Juan Luis Guerra was honored as a BMI Icon at the 13th annual BMI Latin Awards.


Juan Luis Guerra was invited by Sting to sing with him at a concert at Altos de Chavon, La Romana in the Dominican Republic in 2006.


Juan Luis Guerra performed the lead single of his new album, "La Llave De Mi Corazon", released in March 2007.


Juan Luis Guerra won more than 20 awards with this CD, including 5 Latin Grammy Awards, 6 Premios Casandra awards, 4 billboard Awards, 2 lo nuestro, and one Grammy Award.


In 2007, Juan Luis Guerra was awarded the Excellence Award at the 2007 Lo Nuestro Awards.


Juan Luis Guerra was honored at the Latin Grammy Awards in the same year with 5 awards, sweeping each category he was nominated in: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Tropical Song, and Best Merengue Album.


On 10 March 2008, Juan Luis Guerra was honored with 6 awards in los Premios Casandra, the most important award event in the Dominican Republic.


Juan Luis Guerra won for Orchestrator of the year, Outstanding artist abroad, Music album of the year for "La Llave de mi Corazon" and "El Soberano".


On 11 April 2008, Juan Luis Guerra was the Billboard Latin awards big winner, with 7 nominations and 3 awards.


On 9 May 2009, Juan Luis Guerra was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Berklee College of Music at its commencement ceremony.


On 5 April 2010, Juan Luis Guerra released the official video for his new single "Bachata en Fukuoka".


On 8 June 2010, Guerra released A son de Guerra which contains eight musical rhythms and includes the collaboration of Juanes among others.


In 2019 during the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain, Juan Luis Guerra surpassed the record reached in 1987 by Celia Cruz by bringing together more than 400,000 people as the largest congregation of people in an open-air plaza to attend a concert.


Juan Luis Guerra recorded the album "Bachata Rosa" in Portuguese.


Juan Luis Guerra uses Japanese words in Bachata en Fukuoka, 2010 Latin Grammy winner for Best Tropical Song.


Juan Luis Guerra composed songs for Mexican artists like Emmanuel and Luis Miguel.


Juan Luis Guerra composed for the Puerto Rican salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa in 1994.


Juan Luis Guerra's lyrics are often charged with intentionally simple, heavily metaphorical, or popular expressions, such as "Burbujas de Amor".


Juan Luis Guerra's lyrics reflect in political issues, but from a deeply human perspective, that is, centering the lyrics in the human drama that social injustice generates.


Juan Luis Guerra is married to Nora Clementina Altagracia Vega Rasuk, and has two children.


Juan Luis Guerra's wife is the sister of Otto Miguel Vega Rasuk, who is the father of Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega Polanco.