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Marc Anthony

MarcMarc Anthony (born Marco Antonio Muñiz; September 16, 1968) is a Puerto Rican-American musician, singer-songwriter, actor and producer. Anthony is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The five-time Grammy winner has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. Anthony was the first solo salsa act to ever sell out Madison Square Garden.

Anthony is considered a melodramatic performer, often acting out his songs, physically accentuating key musical breaks and words with hand pumps, kicks and dances, shouting out patented key phrases (such as "Joma", "Jojomaaa" [elongated], "Chi-chi", a raspy "wow" and "Boricua"), holding notes for extended periods of time and playing conductor to his band's music.

Anthony has won numerous awards and his achievements have been honored through various recognitions, such as his 14-week, number-one single "I need you". Anthony broke the record for longest Latino "Top of the chart" single.

Anthony was the recipient of the 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Chair's Award. He also received the "2009 CHCI Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award" on September 16, 2009

Anthony is a minority owner/limited partner of the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

Anthony was born Marco Antonio Muñiz in New York City, to Guillermina, a housewife, and Felipe Muñiz, a musician and hospital lunchroom worker. His parents are Puerto Rican and named him after Mexican singer Marco Antonio Muñiz. He was raised Roman Catholic. Anthony has a sister named Yolanda Muñiz. He also has 4 older brothers and 2 additional older sisters, 4 siblings from his mother's and 2 siblings from his father's prior marriages.

Anthony has a daughter, Arianna (1994), with his ex-girlfriend, NYPD police officer Debbie Rosado.


Marc Anthony began his career as a session vocalist for Freestyle music and Underground New York House music acts. After changing his name to avoid confusion with his namesake, Anthony worked as a songwriter and backing vocalist for pop acts including Menudo and the Latin Rascals. His first album was a Freestyle music record, "Rebel", in 1988 on Bluedog Records.

That same year he wrote and produced "Boy I've Been Told" for fellow Freestyle artist Sa-Fire. Then in 1989, he sang backup vocals for Ann-Marie, another fellow Freestyle artist on the Freestyle club hit, "With or Without You" produced by Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry. A year later, 1990, with Little Louie Vega and Todd Terry, Marc wrote and whispered a duet with Freestyle artist Chrissy I-eece, called "You Should Know By Now".

In 1991, he sang backing vocals for another Freestyle track by the artist Edmond titled "Come Back To Me". In 1992, still working with Todd Terry, he provided vocals for the Freestyle cut "Love Change" which is on the flip-side of a 12" vinyl released by Elan and The Powermachine titled "Here's Your Hat", production of Todd Terry.

At the same time, he collaborated with his other Freestyle music producer Little Louie Vega, who featured the singer on many another Freestyle-flavored club hit "Ride On The Rhythm" and "When The Night Is Over" album, which featured the Freestyle classic "Time". In 1992, Vega and Anthony opened for Latin bandleader Tito Puente at New York's Madison Square Garden. After 1992, he changed his style from Freestyle music to salsa and other Spanish music.