Rauw Alejandro (given name: Raúl Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz) is a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter. He is as famous for his innovative, self-choreographed dance moves (think Ricky Martin and Michael Jackson) as he is for his smooth tenor singing voice. Since releasing his acclaimed debut album Punto de Equilibrio in late 2016, he has been a featured collaborator with charting performers including "Luz Apaga" with Ozuna, Lunay, and Lyanno (its video garnered 75 million views) and "Todo Remix" with Lyanno, Alex Rose, Cazzu, and Lenny Tavárez (the accompanying video rang up nearly half-a-billion views). These and other collaborations resulted in Alejandro being nominated in four categories for Puerto Rico's Tu Musica Urban Awards in 2019
Alejandro was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When he was a child his family moved (temporarily) to the United States before returning to the island. His first passion was soccer, a sport he practiced seriously while studying at the Maria Auxiliadora School. Music was another hobby, but he never considered it as a career until his football playing was cut short by an injury during adolescence. As therapy to assuage his disappointment, he applied himself to music and began posting tracks to SoundCloud. Given his parents' love of music (his dad is a guitar player) he was influenced early on by Elvis Presley and Jackson, and later Martin, Daddy Yankee, and Chris Brown. As he learned to sing and write songs, he put his talent for dancing to work on local stages and in videos, meeting numerous musicians, producers and dancers. He quickly developed a reputation as a triple-threat talent. He was signed to the Under Music Group label which nurtured his writing and singing talent. The label began issuing his singles in June of 2016 including "No Me Siento Igual" (feat. Joyce Santana), "Dias Asi," and "Se Tú" (feat. Lyanno & Sousa). Alejandro's debut long-player Punto de Equilibrio appeared at the end of the year and he toured Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Southeastern United States. He was prolific: Alejandro issued 14 singles and videos between 2016 and late 2017, not including guest spots. The singer drew attention from trade and fan magazines across the Latin music spectrum as well as in Anglo industry weeklies. Between his own singles — the streaming chart hits "Mi Llamada" (feat. Lyanno, Alex Rose, Lenny Tavárez), "T.T.I.," and "Dale" (feat. Sousa, Mr. Naisgai) — and his guest spots with Rafa Pabön ("Tarde") and Alex Rose ("Toda"), he appeared on no less than seven singles. He was featured on Ozuna's "Luz Apaga," which peaked at 26 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and even spent a week at number three on the Latin Digital Song Sales. Alejandro kicked off 2019 with the collaborations "Mienteme (Remix)" with Sousa, Cazzu, Lyanno, and Alvaro Diaz, followed by "Es Normal de Javiielo," with Lunay, Lyanno, and Sousa. He also delivered the duet hit "Que Le De" with Nicky Jam, which placed in the Top Ten on almost all the Latin streaming charts. In February he appeared on the club hit "Mírame" with Nio Garcia and Lenny Tavarez. Alejandro toured Latin America and the United States in the winter and spring, in preparation for a second album due in the summer of 2019. ~ Thom Jurek.