Elmer Figueroa Arce (born June 29, 1968), best known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer. In the late 70s, he auditioned for Menudo, but he was told at the time that he was too young to be in the group. He became part of another group, Los Chicos, who made several #4 hits, including “Puerto Rico Son Los Chicos” and Ave María. After Los Chicos separated in 1984, Chayanne began his career as a solo artist. On November 3, Chayanne released a new single titled “Me Enamoré de Ti“, serving as the theme song for the 2009 soap opera “Corazon Salvaje“. This single is featured in Chayanne’s 2010 release, No Hay Imposibles. Chayanne is married to a lawyer, attorney and former Venezuelan beauty queen Marilisa Maronesse. They have two children – Lorenzo Valentino and Isadora Sofía.
In the 1980s, Chayanne participated in several soap operas and starred in the comedy series “Generaciones” with Luis Antonio Rivera. More recently, he has received several offers for acting jobs, but he has declined most of them for conflicting with his musical career which he considers his priority.
In 1994 he played himself in Volver a empezar along with Yuri. That same year, he also starred in Linda Sara opposite former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres. The film was written and directed by famous Puerto Rican Jacobo Morales. More recently he has starred in other projects like the Argentinian soap opera Provócame, for which he made the soundtrack of the same name.
In 2008, Chayanne played the title role in a television series titled Gabriel, who is a vampire. To familiarize himself with the concept he adopted a different daily schedule, sleeping during the day and working at night. He noted that the production wanted to “make things look as real as possible”, but that the adaptation process was hard. The series debuted on September 28, 2008, on Mega TV.