Bruno Mars, or Pete Gene Hernandez in real life, was awarded as Best Male Pop Vocal Performance during the 53rd Grammy Awards last Sunday for his song “Just the Way You Are”.
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.”
Bruno Mars was actually been nominated in seven categories in Grammys as a recording star, songwriter and record producer.
Born as Pete Gene Hernandez in Hawaii, Bruno comes from musically inclined family. His Puerto Rican Father Pete is a percussionist who also has his own band. Bruno’s Filipina mom – Bernadette “Bernie” San Pedro Bayot Hernandez is also a very good vocalist. Bruno’s mom and dad met each other performing in a show where his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion.
Bruno is one of six children, there’s brother Eric and sisters Jaime, Tiara, Tahiti and Presley. His brother is a great drummer who plays in Bruno’s band. Jaime on the other hand was the one responsible for Bruno to make an initial contact with Motown Records. Unfortunately, his deal with Motown did not go nowhere so he transferred to another label company.
2010 has been Bruno’s greatest year in his 25 years of music career. He is the first male act in over 13 years to take his first two charting radio singles as a lead artist to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. His song “Grenade”, sold over 500,000 singles in one week alone!
And for Glee fanatics, who can forget Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” when cast members Kevin McHale, Mark Salling and Chord Overstreet performed the track?
Bruno Mar’s co-wrote this song together with Travis L. McCoy, Ari Levine, and Philip Lawrence. He also co-wrote the Matisyahu song One Day, theme song of the 2010 Winter Olympics under Atlantic Records.
According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, “In fact, Mars is the biggest act to come out of Hawaii in almost 40 years.”
Bruno started his singing career at the age of four by impersonating Elvis Presley. At that early age, he already had mastered the hip shake, the arched lip and the voice of Elvis even if he can’t fully understand the lyrics nor he could read them either. He became Oahu’s youngest Elvis impersonator in the process.
In early 1990s, as a teen, Bruno Mars was already impersonating Michael Jackson.
No wonder, among his influenced in music are the two Kings of music industry- Elvis Presley the King of Rock and Roll and Michael Jackson the King of Pop.
While growing up Bruno admits in Midweek story, ” “No one believes in me more than my mom.”
Bruno said the best way to experience the sound is to see him perform live with his band, “That is what I’m most excited for—taking these songs and traveling them around the world.” And one of his destinations this year 2011 is his mom’s homeland, the Philippines. Bruno will be performing two shows: April 7, 2011—Waterfront Hotel, Cebu, Philippines and on April 8, 2011 at the Mall Of Asia Concert Grounds, Manila – to entertain his countrymen.source: wikipedia, grammy, midweek