Obie Bermúdez (born January 10, 1977), is a Puerto Rican Salsa singer and composer.
Bermúdez was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico into a family who loved music. His father and grandfather were both musicians. He received his primary education in the town of Aibonito, however in 1992 the family moved to Vineland, New Jersey. There he received his secondary education. Bermúdez is bilingual and speaks English and Spanish fluently.
Bermúdez followed the family legacy to love and respect music. This love and respect was what empowered Bermúdez with the drive to pursue his dream, even when the circumstances were less than favorable. In 1996, he recorded his first "demo".
Career as a singer
In 1998, Bermúdez recorded his first CD and debuted as a professional singer with Locales (Locals). Locales was recorded by BMG Records. His music recordings contained more musical instruments than your typical salsa orquestra and his songs contain a social message.
In 2000, Bermúdez moved to New York, believing that there he would be able to obtain the success that he wanted, however that did not occur and he ended up working in a laundromat in order to sustain himself economically. While working at the laundromat, he came into contact with all sorts of people from different levels of society. The experiences that he gained by observing and coming into contact with these people would serve him in the near future with his song writing.
In 2003, he was contracted to participate in the United States musical tours of Juanes, Paulina Rubio and Juan Luis Guerra. In 2004, Bermúdez released his second CD Confesiones. This CD contained three songs which reached the Top 10 singles on Billboard's Hot Latin Charts.
On January 2005 he released Todo el Año (All year long) which included the songs Maldita Boca (Damn mouth) and Ya te Olvide (I have forgotten you), he also released Como Pudiste (How could you?).
In his production Todo el Año, Bermúdez express' that he is closer than ever to the emotions of the common men and that he continues to stay connected to the everyday people who walk the streets. In his style he express' a handful of experiences of the past year. Todo el Año covers many personal themes including love. As the singer explained: "The opportunity to present this Album is more than a blessing. I'm happy that the public has embraced me and feel so fortunate... I hope that Todo el Año will be another album that my fans can relate to." The album won a Latin Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Album in 2005.
In 2006, Bermúdez began working towards his theatrical debut in the production of El Canto del Coquí, which was staged in 2007. He also revealed in an interview conducted by "People en Español" in its January 2006 issue, that he may participate in a movie production, however he failed to mention the title of the film.
Bermúdez returned with the August 29th release of his fourth album, "Lo Que Trajo El Barco" (What The Ship Has Brought In). The album represents the eagerly awaited follow-up to Bermúdez’ Latin GRAMMY winning album Todo El Año. In 2009, Bermúdez together with Danny Rivera, Ray de la Paz, Claudette Sierra and Frankie Negrón, participated in the recording of Songs of the Capeman, based on Paul Simons play The Capeman (a Broadway musical about the life of Salvador Agron) under the direction of Oscar Hernández and his Spanish Harlem Orquestra.
He became engaged to Latin Popstar Jennifer Peña, they married on June 3, 2007 in a private ceremony in Corpus Christi, Texas. They have a child, Jobien Bermúdez.
- Locales (1998)
- Confesiones (2003)
- Todo El Año (2004)
- Lo Que Trajo El Barco (2006)
- Solo Exitos (2007)
- Quien Me Lo Va a Creer (2012)
- List of famous Puerto Ricans