Following this remarkable success right out of the gate, Estéfano teamed with Cuban singer/songwriter Donato Póveda for a pair of albums and a couple of hits for Sony Discos, released as Donato & Estéfano. But the duo broke up soon thereafter, and Estéfano returned to his hitmaking ways as a songwriter and now as a producer also. First came some work for Chayanne, who hadn't recorded an original album in years. Hits resulted, of course, most notably "Dejaría Todo," Chayanne's first number one single in over six years -- and certainly not his last, as Estéfano would pen yet more chart-toppers for him in the years to come. Two other Latin pop artists who greatly benefited from Estéfano's Midas touch around this time were Paulina Rubio and Thalía; Paulina (2000) and Thalia (2001) were both chock-full of hits. And so it went in subsequent years as Estéfano continued to write hit after hit for a long list of Latin pop artists.
Then, in 2005 -- by which time he had been awarded BMI's Latin Songwriter of the Year honor seven times and scored 39 Top 40, 22 Top Ten, and seven number one hits -- Estéfano made his solo debut with Código Personal: A Media Vida, a ten-song collection of especially personal songs that he'd written for himself to sing. His solo emergence and commercial acceptance confirmed his status as Latin music's premier songwriter/producer of the previous decade. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi