Juan Fernando Fonseca, (born May 29, 1979), better known as Fonseca (for his surname) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, record producer, and activist. Born and raised in Bogotá, he studied at the Colegio Los Nogales from Kindergarten to 9th grade where he realized his dream about becoming a singer. He then moved to a new school called Campestre. After his time at Campestre, he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston and while there he got a proposal to record his first single. He left school to focus on his musical career. He began recording some demos and performing in the rock music scene of Bogotá with a rock band "Baroja". In which he participated in Rock al Parque. He recorded his first three solo studio albums with EMI label, then he signed on with Sony Music.He debuted in 2002 with his first album, Fonseca, which was popular in his home country. His follow-up album Corazón (2005) included hits such as "Te Mando Flores" and Hace Tiempo. Fonseca's third album, Gratitud (2008) included the singles Enrédame and Arroyito. After breaking with the label EMI Capitol he decided release his fourth album Ilusión (2011) under the label Sony Music Latin with the hit Eres Mi Sueño.Influenced heavily by Carlos Vives, his style is a blend of vallenato and cumbia, two traditional and popular forms of Colombian music. His achievements include three Latin Grammy Awards and one Billboard Latin Music Awards.1979-1996: Early lifeJuan Fernando Fonseca was born on May 29, 1979, in Bogotá. In his youth he studied in Colegio Los Nogales. Fonseca's interest in music began at a young age. In fact, when he was just twelve years old, he recorded a song and had 500 copies made to distribute among his friends and family. His parents recognized his talent and encouraged him to pursue his passion. Fonseca studied music at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá) and at the Berklee College of Music (Boston), where he developed not only his musical talent but also the tools needed to navigate through the competitive world of performance.Prior to the release of his first album, Fonseca was a member of the rock band Baroja, which was well-known on the Bogotá club scene.1997-2007: Debut album and CorazónAfter graduation from college, he recorded his first album titled Bomba de Tiempo that he sold door-to-door, showing the album to patrons at small bars, and eventually selling 500 copies.Fonseca was searching for a record label when he found the Colombian musician José Gaviria and helped him in an initial recording with Sonolux in United States in 1997. The project stayed up in the air until 2002 when he signed with Líderes Entertainment Group, a label of EMI Capitol to produce his three upcoming albums.Fonseca's self-titled debut album was released in February 2002 in Colombia and on December 26, 2005 internationally. The album had a moderate success in his native country. The album spawned four singles, "Mangangué", "Noche de Carnaval", "Sueño" and "Confiésame". The album is highly influenced by the Colombian "tropipop" sound associated with Carlos Vives' albums Clásicos de la Provincia and La Tierra del Olvido. The album gained him considerable attention in Colombia, including the notice of artists like Shakira and Juanes, both of whom offered him subsequent collaboration and performance opportunities. Sharing the stage with Shakira on her Tour of the Mongoose and Juanes at Estadio El Campín in Bogota garnered Fonseca the recognition and momentum he would need for his second album.His second studio album, Corazón produced by Fonseca himself, Bernardo Ossa and the executive producer Alvaro Rizo, was released in May 23, 2006. Allmusic gave the album a rating of three out of five stars. The album has reached a peak position of number seven on the U.S. Tropical Albums chart. Three of the album's eleven tracks became singles, including "Te Mando Flores", "Como Me Mira" and "Hace Tiempo". The first song won Fonseca one Latin Grammy and reaching the top 40 on the U.S. Latin chart.2008-present: Gratitud and IlusiónFonseca released his third studio album Gratitud, on May 27, 2008. The album had a peak position of seventy on the U.S. Latin Albums chart. It had four singles, "Enrédame", "Arroyito", "Paraíso" and "Estar Lejos" with the American musician Willie Colón.In Miami, Florida in the United States on 24 September 2013, Fonseca received “SESAC Latina Radio and TV Performance Award". It is an important recognition to the deployment in radio and television of the single "Eres Mi Sueño".