An Evening with Draco Rosa

Born in Long Island, NY, Draco Cornelius Rosa was raised surrounded by an eclectic mélange of musical tastes: from his mother's affinity to the rock of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Who and the funk-ridden R&B of the seventies, to his father's propensity toward salsa—not just any salsa, but, as Rosa puts it, "the dark, aggressive kind." At a young age, his family moved him to Puerto Rico, where he became a member of the increasingly popular band Menudo.

Wanting to extend the reach of his talents into other media, Rosa moved to Los Angeles. A solo contract with Sony Latin in 1993 enabled him to record in Spain the first of his highly celebrated Spanish-language solo albums, Frío. In between solo projects, Draco worked with Ricky Martin, Ednita Nazario and Julio Iglesias among other celebrated artists. He is the creator of unforgettable hits such as "A Medio Vivir", "María," "Vuelve", "La Copa De La Vida", "Livin' La Vida Loca", "She Bangs", "Más Grande Que Grande", and many more.

Phantom Vox Studios, Rosa's own multi-media recording studio worked as Music Supervisor for Livin' the Life, an independent movie that won the Best Film Award in the 1999 New York Latin Film Fest. The studio filmed and edited the video for "Commitment #4," a track Draco composed and recorded in dedication to the freedom of the island of Vieques, a municipality of Puerto Rico.

In 2004, Draco released Mad Love. With most songs in English, collaborations with musicians from all over the world and two videos included in the CD--for "Dancing in the Rain" and "Lie Without a Lover," both directed by Angela Alvarado Rosa.

In 2008, Draco released his second Spanish only album, Vino which was a follow up to Vagabundo. Vino is included in his long awaited production DRACO: LIMITED COLLEC TOR'S EDITION.

Outside of his personal investments, musical and otherwise, he has also contributed towards the improvement of artistic and cultural life in Puerto Rico, sponsoring the island's Museo de Arte and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, and setting up an annual scholarship for outstanding students at the Puerto Rico's Music Conservatory.

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