Elvis Crespo first gained fame in the mid-1990s as a member of the contemporary merengue band Grupomanía in Puerto Rico. After three successful years with the group, he decided to pursue a solo career in 1998. Crespo’s debut was a huge international hit and he continues to tour today.
His first album’s release, Suavemente, was not only a big seller throughout Latin America and the United States. Its first single, also titled “Suavemente,” quickly crossed over onto English-language radio station playlists. Sales of the album earned Crespo Billboard magazine’s Latin Music Award for Best Male Tropical/Salsa Album.
Talented Puerto Rican singer Melina León used to participate in festivals and music contests when she was a child. At the age of 15, the artist joined a group known as Las Cheris, later forming a female act named Ruby, recording an album issued by independent Musical Productions. After being discovered by a local label executive, Melina León had the opportunity to make her first record in 1997, calling it Mujeres Liberadas, followed by 1998’s Con Los Pies Sobre La Tierra, produced by Eduardo Reyes.