Juan Luis Guerra Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 18 Apr, 2018
Facts of Juan Luis Guerra
Date of Birth: 1957 , June-7
Age: 61 years old
Birth Nation: Dominican Republic
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Juan Luis Guerra Seijas is a Dominican songwriter, producer, composer, and singer. Guerra has sold more than 30 million records till date and received several awards including, two Grammy Awards, 18 Latin Awards, and two Billboard Music Awards.

He is also one of the internationally popular Latin artists. Guerra's famous style of Afro-Latin and meringue has earned him a great success throughout Latin America.

Early Life And Education Of Juan Luis Guerra

Juan Luis Guerra was born on 7th June 1957 in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic to father Gilberto Guerra and mother Olga Seijas. He is of Caucasian ethnicity and holds Dominican nationality.

He also has two brothers, Diego Esteban Guerra Seijas and Jose Gilberto Guerra Seijas.

Juan Guerra attended Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo and studied literature and philosophy. Later he studied music theory and guitar at EL Conservatorio Nacional de Musica de Santo Domingo. After graduating from Conservatorio, Guerra joined Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated in 1982 with a diploma in jazz composition.

Upon his return to the Dominican Republic, Guerra released his debut album, ''Soplando'' with local musicians. They were later known as Juan Luis Guerra y 400. The number refers to the standard tuning of A440; the band's name is Spanish, officially Cuatro Cuarenta.

Juan Luis Guerra's Career

In 1984, after a performance in front of the Dominican entrepreneur Bienvenido Rodriguez, Juan Luis Guerra was signed to Karen Records.

In 1990, 440 released the album Bachata Rosa, which was one of the major hit and led Guerra to receive his first Grammy award. With more than five million sales, the album let Juan Guerra continue their tour in Latin America, the United States of America and Europe.

In 1992, Juan Luis Guerra faced controversy after he released his album  Areito. The album also featured hit single ''El Costo de la Vida'' (The Cost of Living). The video of the album has a clear anti-capitalist message.

In 1994, he released another album Fogarate. The album is focused on more rural and lesser known types of Dominican music, such as Perico Ripiao.

In 1998 Juan Luis Guerra's Ni es lo Mismo ne es Igual received three Latin Grammy Awards for Best Engineered Album, Best Merengue Performance, and Best Tropical Song.

After six years in 2004, Guerra released his new album Para. The songs included in albums are mostly for Christian, and achieved two awards at Billboard Music Awards, in the categories for Gospel-Pop and Tropical-Merengue.

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Guerra was also honored with Latino Special Award for the Music Academy of Spain for his contributions to the music of his country and the Caribbean.

During 2006 Puerto Rico show, Juan Guerra set records for the highest-grossing music tour when he opened for The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour.

The following year, at the Premio Lo Nuestro awards in 2007, Guerra was given the honorary lifetime achievement award. The same year he released his album ''La Leave De Mo Corazon''. The album also won him more than 20 awards which include six Premios Casandra awards, five Latin Grammy awards, and four billboard awards, one Grammy Award, and two lo Nuestro award.

Juan Luis Guerra's Net Worth

Juan Luis Guerra earns a good amount of money from his varied career as singer, producer, composer, and songwriter. As of 2018, Guerra's total net worth is estimated to be $45 million.

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Till date, Guerra has won numerous awards and nominations including more than 15 Grammy Awards. A celebrity's salary can increase from 100-300% after receiving a Grammy award.

Juan Luis Guerra's Personal life

Juan Luis Guerra is a married man. In 1983, Guerra married Nora Clementina Altagracia vega Rasuk. The couple shares two children, Paulina Guerra Vega, and Jean Gabriel Guerra Vega.

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Besides his married life, Guerra has also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO during an event called ''Levantate y Actua contra la Pobreza y por los Objetivos de DEsarrollo del Milenio,'' in Bavaro, Dominican Republic.

On 18 April 2010, Guerra organized a concert to collect money for the earthquake victims in Haiti. After the success of the event, Guerra opened a children's hospital in Haiti.

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