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While most 13 year-old boys were out chasing girls and shooting hoops, Romeo opted to stay home, penning his first songs. It is well known that Romeo’s idol in bachata is Antony “El Mayimbe” Santos. However, his fascination with the art of the popular song commenced when he discovered the likes of Camilo Sesto, Manuel Alejandro, Juan Gabriel, Omar Alfano, and – of course – Juan Luis Guerra. Most people focus on the artist, but Romeo always wanted to know who wrote the song. His blossoming love affair with songwriting was only the beginning of a journey he had barely envisioned. As fate would have it, Romeo soon joined his church choir with his cousin Henry. Shortly thereafter, Romeo and Henry would meet their destiny and join Lenny and Mikey to form Aventura. From inception, Romeo wrote (arranged and produced in collaboration with Lenny) Aventura’s songs, recording only one cover (“Gone” as contained on We Broke The Rules) throughout the group’s amazing trajectory. A string of hits – “Obsesion,” “Cuando volveras,” “Todavia me amas,” “Hermanita,” “La boda,” “Un beso,” “Mi corazoncito,” “Los infieles,” “El perdedor,” “Por un Segundo,” “Su veneno,” “Dile al amor,” “El malo,” to name a few – were Aventura’s catalyst to stardom. Romeo has been almost fanatic about releasing original material and was almost disappointed when his incredibly soulful rendition of “Lagrimas” – recorded for a TV tribute to Jose Jose, went viral overnight.
However, this is not the story of Aventura; this is the story of Romeo and another “aventura” that has just begun.
When fans look at Romeo today, they see a charismatic and natural artist whose formidable showmanship captivates his audience and whose suave sensuality has enslaved hearts around the world. This, however, has not always been the case. It is hard to believe that as recent as 3 or 4 years following Aventura’s debut, Romeo was a shy boy, afraid to show an ounce of emotion. Through his music and with the help of his fans and friends, Romeo was able to shed his skin and release the tiger within. Today Romeo owns the stage as well as the “skin he is in.“ His confidence, humor and intense connection with his fans are what keep drawing them back to him.
Romeo wears multiple hats - producer, composer, vocalist - the sky is the limit. He is, above all, a master wordsmith, whose colorful palette of metaphors paints vivid portraits of love, passion, anger, and jealousy; he possesses a profound ability to tap into the human psyche, captivating the tough young audience, even when he turns to serious themes such as domestic violence. Romeo’s unquestionable creative flow has made him an icon in the music industry with multiple awards separate and apart from the myriad of honors bestowed upon Aventura for nearly a decade. Almost every year since 2005, Romeo has won awards in one or more categories at ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers.) and Billboard. By late 2002 Romeo’s Megahit, OBSESION as performed by Aventura, had traveled the world – Latin America, Asia and Europe, including Israel, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, to name a few. There was a preponderance of cover recordings of “Obsesion,” including one by Third Wish, a band based in Germany. At one point in 2004, Obsesion by Aventura was #1 and the Third Wish version #2. In 2006, after Frankie J had covered Obsesion and the song was #1 on mainstream charts for nearly 22 weeks, Romeo took the ASCAP Song of The Year in tropical music and another in the American market in Pop – the first time a Hispanic writer had won an ASCAP award in the American market. In 2007, Romeo took the Billboard Composer of the Year Award over legendary writers such as Marco Antonio Solis and Joan Sebastian. In 2010 Anthony took ASCAP Composer of The Year with. He has also penned hits for artists such as Wisin & Yandel (“Noche de sexo”), Thalia (“No no no”), El Torito (“Me voy” aka “El anillo”) and Anthony “El Mayimbe” Santos (“Matame”). In 2013, Romeo is the Songwriter of the Year – with no runner-ups as 6 of his songs charted during the past year, including “Promise,” “Llevame contigo,” “Mi santa,” “Debate de Cuatro,” and “You.”
It is well-known to insiders that Romeo will not write songs for just anyone. He has been extremely selective, as he believes there must be a visceral connection between himself and the artist he is writing for. As a matter of fact, a defining factor in Romeo’s career is his continuing quest for exclusivity and privacy in general.
Today Romeo continues his journey as solo artist; his debut solo album entitled “Formula,” in fall, 2011 was wildly popular remaining on the top of the charts for months. The artist chose an eclectic mix of Bachata, R&B, Ballads - up tempo and fusion to delight his fans. With all of the Bachatas written, arranged and produced by Romeo himself, for the Anglo tracks he invited A-list producers and artist to collaborate, -Usher performed on the mega-hit PROMISE and Lil Wayne on ALL ABOARD.
Romeo is currently working on Formula II, which will again showcase his innovative songwriting skills and which will include an exciting and unexpected group of guest artists. – Always on the cutting edge, a new chapter in Romeo’s wild ride has just begun.