Elmer Figueroa Arce (born June 29, 1968), best known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer and actor. Elmer Figueroa became Chayanne while still a child; a nickname that was given to him by his mother after a favorite televis...
Elmer Figueroa Arce (born June 29, 1968), best known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer and actor. 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 60â€™s entitled "Cheyenne".
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. He became part of another group, Los Chicos, who made several #4 hits, including "Puerto Rico Son Los Chicos" and Ave MarÃa. 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.
After three years with RCA, Chayanne switched labels to Sony Music and broke out with his first self-titled album in 1987. This album would feature a blend of ballads and dance tracks, a formula Chayanne would be famous for. 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 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 FernÃ¡ndez 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."
Chayanneâ€™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 QuedarÃ¡ Poco Tiempo" reached No. 1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.