Bruno Mars was born; Peter Gene Hernandez on the 8th of October 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mars who is popular for his impeccable voice texture has over 130 million records sold, a Guinness World Record to his name and a number of Grammy awards and nominations.
Peter Gene Hernandez is one of the greatest musicians to have graced planet earth. He is a multi-talented musician, an actor, a songwriter, a top-notch instrumentalist and also a renowned music producer. His versatile style of music cuts across Pop, RnB, Hip-hop, and Rock. His versatility, coupled with his showmanship has given birth to several top charting songs. As a matter of fact, Bruno Mars holds the record for the longest reigning debut format hit song (20 weeks) and his performance at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show in 2014 was the most viewed; with over 115.3 million viewers until Katy Perry broke this record in 2015.
Born into a music-oriented family, Bruno Mars has always been exposed to good music which greatly influenced his chosen career path and also helped him harness as well as improve his inherent musical talent. Bruno Mars started singing and performing at a very early age; mimicking the likes of the legendary Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Prince. He has further gone on to sell out huge concerts at ginormous arenas all around the world.
In 2009, Bruno Mars and a couple of his friends; Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine started a songwriting and record producing group called The Smeezingtons. Before they were disbanded, the group was known to be a highly talented team which produced and co-wrote hit songs like; B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”. Bruno Mars’ vocals were utilized in both songs and his appearance on both songs brought him a level of prominence and fame.
Atlantic And Elektra Records
Spurred by the success of both songs, Bruno released an EP titled It’s Better If You Don’t Understand as well as his debut studio album titled Doo-Wops & Hooligans in 2010 under Atlantic and Elektra record labels. Doo-Wops & Hooligans had mega-hit songs like “Grenade”, “The Lazy Song” and “Just the Way You Are”; for which he won a Grammy award in the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category in 2014. These singles did extremely well on several music charts and the album itself peaked at number 3 on the Billboard top 200 chart in the US.
On the 7th of December 2012, Bruno released his second studio album titled Unorthodox Jukebox. The album debuted at number 2 but peaked at number 1 on the Billboard top 200 chart in the US. It comprised of hits like “Treasure”, “When I Was Your Man” and “Locked out of Heaven” which was number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks straight.
The Unorthodox Jukebox album sold 192,000 copies in the first week of its release, it did well in Europe and Australia and went on to win the Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2014. Bruno waited almost 4 years before he dropped his third studio album on the 7th of October 2016 titled 24k Magic which had hit singles like “24 Magic” and “That’s What I Like”. However, he was featured on British record producer Mark Ronson’s double Grammy Award-winning hit-single titled “Uptown Funk” before 24k Magic was released.
Quick Facts On Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars has lent his vocals and songwriting skills to prominent artists like Adele, Alexandra Burke, Adam Levine, Brandy, Flo Rida, Lil Wayne, Whiz Khalifa and Sean Kingston. He listened to songs from great names like R Kelly, The Beatles, Jay Z, Bob Marley e.t.c and they obviously influenced his craft, explaining why he is effortlessly versatile.
Bruno Mars has also earned himself some filmography credits with his cameo appearance in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) and animated movie Rio (2014) as well as Jane the Virgin. Mars’s achievements have brought him significant 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 Puerto Rican-American model and actress Jessica Marie Caban since 2011. Jessica Caban is popular for being the first runner-up in Jenifer Lopez’s model search show titled J-LO (2002) and the winner of Si TV’s reality model search competition, Model Latina in 2008.
Caban has gone on to be featured in a number of fashion magazines and earned some filmography credits to her name. Bruno and Jessica moved in together in 2012 and have been living together ever since. So far, their relationship has had no scandal or controversy and it is believed that the couple will tie the knot pretty soon.
Bruno Mars is not gay and as stated earlier, he is in a heterosexual relationship with Jessica Caban. However, on the 1st of April 2012, a report was released on CNN’s website stating that Bruno had come out as a gay man. Bruno immediately released a press statement utterly and vehemently denying this report and requested that CNN took down the report from their website. While some believed this was an April Fool’s prank gone wrong others were of the opinion that the report was sponsored by Bruno’s detractors in order to slander him and ruin his chances of being on the cover of the ‘Sex and Music’ issue of Playboy magazine.
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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-Filipino. Bruno’s parents met in 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 attained the same level of fame and prominence that their son has come to enjoy. The couple has 6 children including Bruno Mars and raised them all with a predilection for music. As a matter of fact, they had a family band and performed in shows together.
The name Bruno was given to him by his dad because of his resemblance to Bruno Sammartino; a wrestler in the 60’s. He decided to change his name from Peter Gene Hernandez to Bruno Mars because he was told he would be best suited for Latino music due to his looks and Latino-sounding family name, Hernandez.
Bruno’s craft has been greatly influenced by his family and he owes most of his performing skills, vocal dexterity, and versatility to being affiliated with his family’s band.