Your belief in the power of music to heal and transform makes our work possible. It was a gift that he would hone with hard work and study. Back then, fame and popularity seemed like a distant dream as the four friends drove around Santo Domingo in a Volkswagen Beetle hoping to hear one of their songs on the radio.
Garnered International Following
Juan Luis Guerra is a best-selling, award-winning Dominican singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. With his smooth, multi-octave range and soulful delivery, he has sold over 70 million records globally, and won an abundance of industry awards including 21 Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammys, and two Latin Billboard Music Awards. He and his band are beloved throughout the Latin music-loving world, for their innovations in merengue, and their resurrection of bachata as a commercial force after a long period of decline. His album Bachata Rosa delivered five hit singles -- all of them love songs -- and sold over five million copies.
Studied at Boston's Berklee College
Juan Luis Guerra Seijas born June 7, ,  is a Dominican musician, singer, composer, and record producer. He has sold between 20 and 30 million records worldwide,   making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists. Guerra is one of the most internationally recognized Latin artists of recent decades.
Juan Luis Guerra became one of the top-selling artists in Latin American music by revitalizing the traditional merengue sound and popularizing the so-called slum music, bachata, of his native Dominican Republic. Guerra "has no equivalent in English-speaking pop, though there are parallels to songwriters like Paul Simon , Sting and Smokey Robinson ," noted Jon Pareles in the New York Times, who explained that in the manner of both Simon and Sting, "Guerra has forged hybrid rhythms, melding merengue and other beats from the Dominican Republic with styles from across the Caribbean, guitar lines from Africa and touches of jazz and rock. Guerra was born in to a middle class family in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. His father had been a professional basketball player and his mother, Olga, was an attorney. The family, which included two brothers, lived in Gascue, the old residential quarter of Santo Domingo, which is also the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the Western Hemisphere. Guerra and his brothers spent their spare time playing street basketball, but he also loved music and became an ardent fan of the Beatles. Later, his songs would sometimes include themes of social justice or political opinion, which he said was influenced by "the surreal world I grew up seeing in Santo Domingo, during the time of the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and the political troubles after that," Guerra explained to Billboard writer Timothy White. Guerra studied philosophy and literature for a time at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, but then took up the study of music at the National Conservatory of the Dominican Republic. Around , he moved to Boston to study composition and arranging at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.