Bruno Mars (Peter Gene Hernandez in real life), is an Filipino-American singer-songwriter and music producer. His father called him Bruno after the famous wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Raised in Honololu, Hawaii by a family of musicians.
He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B, and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy. He also co-wrote the hits “Right Round” by Flo Rida featuring Kesha, “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naa, and “Fuck You!” by Cee Lo Green. In October 2010, he released his debut album, Doo-Wops and Hooligans. Anchored by the singles “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade”, the album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. He has been nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, which will be held on February 13, 2011.
His musical style…
Although Mars has been referenced as “soft” because of his light falsetto voice (is the vocal register occupying the frequency range just above the modal voice register and overlapping with it by approximately one ocatve. It is produced by the vibration of the ligamentous edges of the vocal folds, in whole or in part. Commonly cited in the context of singing, falsetto, a characteristic of phonation by both men and women, is also one of four main spoken vocal registers recognized by speech pathology.), his co-producer says, “What people don’t know is there’s a darker underbelly to Bruno Mars.” Mars himself says, “I blame that on me singing to girls back in high school.” Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called him “one of the most versatile and accessible singers in pop, with a light, soul-influenced voice that’s an easy fit in a range of styles, a universal donor.”
Mars also claims that his work with other artists influenced his musical style, saying that “‘Nothing on You’ had a Motown vibe, ‘Billionaire’ was a reggae acoustic guitar-driven song, though one of my favorites is the Cee-Lo song [Fuck You!]. I don’t think anyone else could’ve sung that song. And there’s ‘Just the Way You Are.’ If you know my story, you know I love all different genres of music.” He cites doo-wop as a major influence on his music, referring to the genre as “just straightforward love songs — so charming and simple and romantic.”In addition, Mars states that growing up in Hawaii influenced his music, giving the songs a reggae sound. He explains that “In Hawaii some of the biggest radio stations are reggae. The local bands are heavily influenced by Bob Marley. That music brings people together. It’s not urban music or pop music. It’s just songs. That’s what makes it cross over so well. The song comes first.”
His concert will be on April 2011 at SM Mall Of Asia Concert Grounds.
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