Bruno Mars was born; Peter Gene Hernandez on 8 October 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mars, known for his impeccable vocal texture, has sold over 130 million records, set a Guinness World Record and received a number of Grammy awards and nominations.
Peter Gene Hernandez is one of the greatest musicians who has shown mercy to planet Earth. He is an all-round talent, an actor, a songwriter, a first-class instrumentalist and also a renowned music producer. His eclectic musical style spans pop, RnB, hip-hop, and rock. His versatility, coupled with his showmanship, has led to the creation of several top chart songs. In fact, Bruno Mars holds the record for the longest-reigning debut film hit (20 weeks) and his appearance on the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show in 2014 was the most-watched; with over 115.3 million viewers until Katy Perry broke that record in 2015.
Born into a music-oriented family, Bruno Mars was always exposed to good music, which strongly influenced his chosen career path and also helped him to use and improve his innate musical talent. Bruno Mars began singing and performing at a very early age, imitating the legendary Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Prince. He has subsequently sold out huge concerts in huge arenas around the world.
In 2009 Bruno Mars and some of his friends Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine started songwriting and record production for the group The Smeezingtons. Before they split up, the group was known as a highly talented team that produced and co-wrote hits such as “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B. and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy. Bruno Mars’ vocals were used in both songs, and his performance in both songs brought him a degree of notoriety and fame.
Atlantic And Elektra Records
Spurred on by the success of both songs, Bruno released an EP entitled It’s Better If You Don’t Understand in 2010 under the record labels Atlantic and Elektra as well as his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Doo-Wops & Hooligans had mega-hits like “Grenade”, “The Lazy Song” and “Just the Way You Are”; for this, he won a Grammy in the category Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2014. These singles performed extremely well in several music charts, and the album itself reached number 3 in the Billboard Top 200 charts in the USA.
On December 7, 2012, Bruno released his second studio album entitled Unorthodox Jukebox. The album debuted at #2 but peaked at #1 in the Billboard Top 200 charts in the USA. It included hits such as “Treasure”, “When I Was Your Man” and “Locked out of Heaven”, which spent six weeks at No. 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
The album “Unorthodox Jukebox” sold 192,000 copies in the first week after its release, did well in Europe and Australia and won the Grammy for the best pop vocal album in 2014. Bruno waited almost 4 years before he released his third studio album, 24k Magic, on October 7, 2016, which had singles like “24 Magic” and “That’s What I Like”. Before the release of “24k Magic”, however, he could be heard on the double-grammy award-winning hit single by British record producer Mark Ronson entitled “Uptown Funk”.
Quick Facts On Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars has lent his skills as a singer and songwriter to prominent artists such as Adele, Alexandra Burke, Adam Levine, Brandy, Flo Rida, Lil Wayne, Whiz Khalifa, and Sean Kingston. He listened to songs by big names like R Kelly, The Beatles, Jay Z, Bob Marley e.t.c. and they obviously influenced his craft, which explains why he is so effortlessly versatile.
Bruno Mars has also earned several credits as a filmmaker with his cameo appearance in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) and the animated film Rio (2014), as well as with Jane the Virgin. Mars’ achievements brought him considerable wealth, so much so that he was recognized by Forbes and also named the 13th most powerful celebrity in 2014.
Is Bruno Mars Married? Girlfriend/Wife
Although Bruno Mars has never been married, he has been in an intimate relationship with the Puerto Rican-American model and actress Jessica Marie Caban since 2011. Jessica Caban is popular because she was the first runner-up in Jenifer Lopez’s model search show J-LO (2002) and the winner of Si TV’s reality model search contest, Model Latina, in 2008.
Caban has since appeared in a number of fashion magazines and has earned several filmographic awards. Bruno and Jessica moved in together in 2012 and have been living together ever since. So far, there has been no scandal or controversy in their relationship, and it is expected that the couple will soon form the Covenant for Life.
Bruno Mars is not gay, and as already mentioned, he is in a heterosexual relationship with Jessica Caban. However, on April 1, 2012, a report was published on the CNN website stating that Bruno has come out as a gay man. Bruno immediately issued a press release in which he vehemently denied the report and demanded that CNN remove the report from its website. While some believed that it was an April Fool’s joke gone wrong, others believed that the report was sponsored by Bruno’s detractors in order to slander him and ruin his chances of getting on the cover of the “Sex and Music” issue of Playboy magazine.
Bruno Mars’ Family – Dad, Mom, Parents
Bruno Mars has complex family roots. His father, Peter Hernandez, is a Jewish-Puerto Rican American, while his mother, Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, is Spanish-Philippine. Bruno’s parents met at a show where his father, Peter, was a percussionist and his mother, Bernadette, a hula dancer.
Although Peter and Bernadette were quite active performers, they never achieved the same degree of fame and popularity that their son now enjoys. The couple has 6 children, including Bruno Mars, and raised them all with a love of music. In fact, they had a family band and performed in shows together.
The name Bruno was given to him by his father because he resembles Bruno Sammartino, a wrestler from the 1960s. He decided to change his name from Peter Gene Hernandez to Bruno Mars because he was told that he was best suited for Latin music because of his appearance and his Latin sounding family name Hernandez.
Bruno’s craft has been greatly influenced by his family, and he owes most of his performing ability, vocal skill, and versatility to his family’s band affiliation.