Ricky Martin – Puerto Rican artist, actor, and author
Ricky Martin was born on 24 December 1971 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His full name is Enrique José Martín Morales. Enrique wanted to become an artist since childhood. When he was just 6 years old, he started singing for his family, using a big wooden spoon as a microphone. When Ricky became older, he did translation projects for a famous Latin band Menudo and several more popular bands, such as Led Zeppelin and Journey.
When Martin was nine, he started appearing in TV commercials. He worked on soda, fast food, and toothpaste advertisements. In just under two years, Martin appeared in 11 ads. However, he kept dreaming about a music career. Enrique often thought about his future as a big star in the music industry.
Martin auditioned to become a member of Menudo band twice. Both times, he was refused because of his insufficient height. In 1984, Ricky decided to go to the audition the third time. His insistence and patience impressed the project’s administration. Eventually, they allowed him to join the band. Ricky’s debut official song with Menudo was “Rayo de Luna”. It was featured in the LP, Evolucion (1984).