Bruno Mars - Capturing the Hearts of Millions
By R. Acosta
His name rose to fame in the music industry with the release of his debut album in which critically acclaimed high-note song with an odd title "Grenade" and "Just the Way You Are" are a part of. Both songs reached number one in the Billboard Hot 100 including several charts worldwide. Mars holds the distinction for being the only artist having back-to-back singles to have sold 5 million copies in Billboard history for the third time in the digital era. "Grenade " is praised for its emotional lyrics of heartbreak caused by a failed relationship and its vocals. Some critics call it as "nothing short of an explosive".
Born in 1985, he started his musical career at a young age. He was influenced by his uncle, an Elvis Presley impersonator himself, to perform on stage at age three. Coming from a family of musicians, he began performing at age four with the family's band, The Love Notes, for which he became popular for impersonating Elvis Presley. Because of his facial resemblance with a legendary professional wrestler, he was nicknamed "Bruno" after Bruno Samartino by his Puerto Rican and Jewish descent father.
He is noted for his versatility having displayed in different musical styles, genres, influences, which includes hip hop, R&B, soul, reggae, rock and pop. His vocal range of styles, described as a universal donor by a critic, and his pure entertainment is equally compared to that of Michael Jackson.
Everyone gets euphoric whenever he performs on stage. His song-and-dance style, with the participation of his band members, the Hooligans, makes his audience rose from their seats. His audience participation is unprecedented. The fans shriek on top of their voice every time he started playing his song and kick off over the stage.
His musical prowess and timeless influences continue to delight his fans. His choreographed dances and his funny antics make him even more engaging and connected with his fans. He is an ultimate performer, so to speak, catering to the young and old audience.
He is always engaged with the crowds and he even flirts with his female fans. Even male fans can hardly contain their admiration for him.
Meanwhile, he is still recovering from the lost of his beloved mother during the past weeks, who had died recently of brain aneurysm, but his enthusiasm and perplexing personality have never diminished a bit. Astonishingly, the lost of his mom did not prevent him from performing and doing the things he enjoys most. Just as what the saying goes, however the lost of his mom means so much to him "the show must go on".
He has ubiquitous hit singles up his sleeve after he became a solo artist in 2009. He has hits after hits, and to date he has five number one hits to his credit. His other hits include "The Lazy Song", "Marry You", "Count on Me", Runaway Baby", "It Will Rain", "Locked Out of Heaven" and "When I Was Your Man" among others.
Bruno Mars' performance on stage always leaves a smile on the face of his fans. Everyone is spellbound at anytime they chance upon him, be it on live performances, in YouTube, TV guestings, concerts, gigs. His bright personality, his funny antics, and his musical ingenuity will continue to capture the hearts of millions of his fans around the world.