Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, more commonly known by his stage name Luis Fonsi, (born April 15, 1978) is a Latin Grammy winning Puerto Rican singer and composer.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fonsi and his family later moved to Orlando, Florida, during Fonsi's early childhood.
In 1995, Fonsi enrolled at Florida State University to study music. He also joined the school's choir and sang with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
In July 9, 2011, Billboard Magazine named Luis Fonsi "Leader of Latin Music's New Generation"
After graduating from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fonsi decided to better prepare himself for a future, stable career inside show business. He was offered a full scholarship to attend Florida State University School of Music. while he was finishing his degree in Vocal Performance, he began to record demo tapes in Miami. Soon after that he was offered a recording contract by Universal Music Latino.
In 1998, Fonsi recorded his debut album, Comenzaré (I Will Begin). The record peaked at number 11 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart and contained the singles "Si Tu Quisieras," "Perdóname," "Dime Como," and "Me Iré". Comenzaré became an instant hit in Puerto Rico and across Latin America, with Fonsi conquering such markets as Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, and Venezuela. His 2000 follow-up, Eterno, was even more successful. Around this time, Fonsi also recorded a duet with Christina Aguilera for her 2000 Spanish-Language album, Mi Reflejo. By then, Fonsi's fame had reached Europe, as he became a celebrity in Spain as well. Also in the year 2000 Fonsi participated in Jubilee 2000, where he sang to Pope John Paul II. That same year Ednita Nazario won a Latin Grammy for a song composed by Fonsi. He also collaborated in honor of the victims of 9-11 at the White House, along with other artists.
His fifth CD, Abrazar la Vida, sold very well, which opened new markets in Europe. "Quien te Dijo Eso?" reached #1 on the Billboard Latin charts. His sixth CD, Paso a Paso debuted #1 and, launched him into international markets. "Nada es Para Siempre" also reached #1 on the music chart, and was a nominee for the Latin Grammy Awards. In 2006, he contributed on a tribute cd to Victor Yturbe "El Piruli" singing the classic bolero Historia de un amor.
His seventh CD, Palabras del Silencio debuted and stayed in the #1 position for many weeks. Luis Fonsi cracked the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in September 2008 with his song "No Me Doy Por Vencido", debuting at number 98 and peaking at number 92. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks, his biggest hit to date. His song "No Me Doy Por Vencido" became Billboard's Latin Pop Song Of The Decade. It managed to stay 21 weeks #1 spot of the "Hot Latin Songs Chart"
November 2009, Luis Fonsi was awarded a Latin Grammy for song of the year for his composition "Aqui Estoy Yo".
On December 11, 2009, Fonsi performed in Oslo, Norway, at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert honoring winner Barack Obama.
Luis Fonsi latest album "Tierra Firme" became available on June 28, 2011, and includes international hits "gritar" plus "respira" and "claridad".
He is currently on tour promoting "Tierra Firme" throughout Latin America.
In 2004, Fonsi made his acting debut in a Mexican telenovela named Corazones al límite in which he played Roy. He also had a special appearance in 2001 in the Nickelodeon television series Taina. He has stated that he would like to continue with his acting career, and hopes one day work on a Broadway stage.
In 2003, Fonsi began to become romantically interested in actress Adamari López, who, as an Univision artist and fellow Puerto Rican, constantly found herself near Fonsi. That same year, Fonsi released the song "Abrazar la Vida" ("To Embrace the Life"), off the eponymous album. The song would later become one of Lopez's favorites.
In 2004, rumors were reported by magazines, television news shows, and newspapers that he and Lopez had committed to marry each other. During 2005, Fonsi was in the middle of an international tour that would have had him away from home for many months; the tour was abruptly cancelled when Lopez was diagnosed with cancer. Fonsi promised her to stay by her side, and has traveled with her back and forth between Mexico, Miami, and Puerto Rico for various treatment and work-related trips. She has been in remission since 2006.
On June 3, 2006, Fonsi and Adamari López were married in a religious ceremony in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico attended by many celebrities including Joey Fatone, Charytín, Ednita Nazario, and Carlos Ponce, as well as his brother — aspiring singer Jean Rodriguez, who goes simply by Jan as his professional name. On November 8, 2010, they officially divorced.
Fonsi and Spanish model Águeda López had their first child together, a girl they named Mikaela, on December 20, 2011 in Miami.
Fonsi is also the Spanish-language spokesman for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.