Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars, Las Vegas 2010.jpg
Born Peter Gene Hernandez
October 8, 1985 (1985-10-08) (age 31)[1]
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Net worth USD$15 million (2013)[2]
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Bruno Mars
Birth name Peter Gene Hernandez
Born October 8, 1985 (1985-10-08) (age 31)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Genres Pop, reggae, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, blues, rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, voice artist, choreographer
Instruments Vocals, drums, guitar, keyboard, bass, piano, harmonica, beatbox
Years active 2001–present
Labels Universal Motown, Atlantic, Elektra
Associated acts The Smeezingtons, Andrew Wyatt, Cee Lo Green, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Royce da 5'9", Travie McCoy, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg

Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer.

After an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, Mars signed with Atlantic Records in 2009. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy. He also helped write the hits "Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Kesha, "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan, and "Fuck You!" by Cee Lo Green. In October 2010, he released his album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. The album became number three on the Billboard 200.[3] He was nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are".

Mars has sold 10 million albums around the world.[4]

In 2013 his song "Locked Out Of Heaven" was nominated for a Grammy Award.[5]

Early life[change | change source]

Bruno Mars was born on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His birth name is Peter Gene Hernandez. He was raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu. He is the son of Peter Hernandez and Bernadette "Bernie" San Pedro Bayot (died June 1, 2013).[6][7] His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine) ancestry, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York.[8][9] Mars' mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and was a Filipino.[8][10][11] After performing many times in his hometown throughout his childhood, he decided to pursue a musical career and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school.

Artist influences[change | change source]

As a child, he was influenced by artists such as Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson and would often try to sing like these artists. Mars also incorporates reggae and Motown inspired sounds into his work. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times referred to Mars as "one of the most versatile and accessible singers in pop."[12]

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums:

References[change | change source]

  1. De Castro, Cynthia (January 5, 2011). "Bruno Mars: The Fil-Am Artist with Universal Appeal". Asian Journal. AJ Press Los Angeles. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Bruno Mars Net Worth". TheRichest. The Richest. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. Caulfield, Keith (October 13, 2010). "Toby Keith's 'Gun' Fires at No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  6. "Robert A. Bayot of Portland, Oregon. USA.:Information about Peter Hernandez". August 15, 1996. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  7. "Baguio's 40 Artists Under 40 | Basta Pinas". Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Smolenyak, Megan (November 12, 2012). "What Race Is Bruno Mars?". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  9. Farber, Jim (October 3, 2010). "Bruno Mars follows his summer of hits with a big debut album 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans'". Daily News. New York City. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  10. "ACE Title Search: Hernandez Peter Gene". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.,s,w,p,b,v&results_pp=10&start=1. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  11. Jeffries, David. "Bruno Mars Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  12. Caramanica, Jon (October 5, 2010). "Bruno Mars in Ascension". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved October 7, 2010.

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