Enrique Iglesias Story
Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler popularly known by his stage name Enrique Iglesias is a well-known Spanish musician, songwriter, and actor. Despite being a son of a father who has 250 million record sales, Enrique made his own career path which eventually made him be recognized as the best-selling Latin recording artist in the world. His songs can be categorized in different genres such as pop, R&B, reggaeton and dance pop.
Childhood and Education
The youngest of three siblings, Enrique Iglesias, was born in Madrid Spain on May 8, 1975, to a famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and magazine journalist Isabel Preysler. From a young age, Enrique was surrounded by famous family members including his aunt Neile Adams which further fueled his passion for becoming an entertainer. His parents divorced in 1979, and together with his brother, they relocated to Miami to boost their security.
In Miami, he attended Gulliver Travel School and later dropped out of the University of Miami so as to put all his attention on music. Since his father was constantly touring, Enrique’s care was left to a nanny who later gave him the money to record his first demo tape.
His music career started to get noticed when he was a teenager. During his time in school, he did live performances and went on to write songs which he performed with a group of friends at various restaurants around Miami. To carve out his music career, Enrique entered the music industry using the false surname Martinez. This strategy was to ensure that his success is not in any way based solely on his famous father who was also a well-known and successful musician. Without his father’s help, he got a recording deal with Fonovisa Records. He launched a self-titled album in 1995 which sold more than 6 million copies in one week. Through this album, he won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Latin Performer, Album of the Year and Billboards Artist of the Year.
He released his second album called Vivir in 1997 and went on his first concert tour which sold out in 16 countries. In 1999, he released Bailamos which gave him a career breakthrough as the song became number 1 hit on the US chat. This song was also featured in the Will Smith starring movie Wild Wide West. His success continued to increase every year, and in 2001, he released Escape which is his most successful album. Some of his major songs are Hero, Rhythm Divine, Be with You, Push, I Like it and Bailando which gave him three Latin Grammy Awards. Over the years Enrique has continued to push the boundaries of his music abilities.
As a result in 2016, he won various awards like Latin American Music Award, Favorite Male Artist, Favourite Collaboration, Record of The Year and Artist of the Year.
Enrique Iglesias is currently dating his long-term girlfriend Anna Kournikova who is a successful tennis player.