Famous Pinoys: Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leeleelu/

The Worldwide Phenomenon That Is Bruno Mars

Some people know him through his most recent single Uptown Funk, but others have been in a long-term relationship with Bruno Mars since he lent his voice and musical genius to B.o.B and Travie McCoy for the songs “Nothin’ On You” and “Billionaire”, respectively. How long ago has it been since this amazing talent from Hawaii rocked the world with his cool and laid-back charm?


Born Peter Gene Hernandez in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bruno Mars is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent, with a mix of other ancestries. As part of a family of musicians, it is no wonder that he would become a famous artist himself. His mother was a singer and hula dancer, his father played percussion with a talent for performing Little Richard rock and roll music, and his uncle was an Elvis impersonator. Nearly everyone in his family sings or plays instruments.

With genes like these, it is not a surprise that Bruno Mars started his musical career at a young age, performing in various musical venues. He was part of a group called The School Boys when he attended President Theodore Roosevelt High School.

Musical Career

At the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career. His early experience wasn’t all sunshine. Although he signed up with Motown Records in 2004, his career didn’t really take off. But the dropped deal paved the way for him to hone his other potentials. He landed a music publishing deal with Westside Independent in 2005 where he met Steve Lindsey and Cameron Strang. This is where he perfected his craft in writing songs.

Before he became a solo artist, he was already a music producer, writing songs for famous singers, such as Sean Kingston, Flo Rida, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine and Alexandra Burke. Nothin’ On You and Billionaire changed the course of history for Bruno Mars, both songs hit the worldwide charts and made him a prominent solo performer. But he continues to collaborate with other artists, such as Cee Lo Green.

It’s Better If You Don’t Understand

When Bruno Mars shot to worldwide recognition, he released his debut EP titled It’s Better If You Don’t Understand. It produced one single, “The Other Side”, which featured Cee Lo Green and B.o.B. The EP reached the 99th spot in the Billboard 200.

Doo-Wops & Hooligans

“Just the Way You Are” was the lead single from the album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. It was released in July 19, 2010 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 just 2 months after. It is known as the longest-reigning debut format, certifying Bruno Mar’s amazing talents. From the same album came Grenade, Lazy Song, Marry You, It Will Rain, Count On Me, Mirror, and Young, Wild & Free.

Unorthodox Jukebox

Locked Out of Heaven was the lead single of Unorthodox Jukebox and, like most of his songs, reached number one. Other hits in the album include When I Was Your Man, Treasure and Young Girls.

As the 12th richest musician of 2013 according to Billboard, Bruno Mars certainly has come a long way. The latest single Uptown Funk, where he lent his vocals, won’t definitely the last the world will hear from him.



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