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Latin Artist on the Rise: Meet PJ Sin Suela, The Puerto Rican Doctor-Turned-Urban Singer
When he was in high school, PJ Sin Suela was known for dropping crazy hip-hop rhymes during lunchtime. He was a music junkie thanks to his mom, who played the guitar. Having all the qualities to be the next big music star, PJ opted to go to school to become a doctor instead.
Now, as a graduate from med school and published author with a doctorate in medicine, PJ Sin Suela has kicked off his music career.
Born Pedro-Juan Vazquez Bragan in Ponce, Puerto Rico, PJ is an emerging artist who’s on many people’s radar thanks to “Cual Es Tu Plan,” the sensual collaboration he dropped with Bad Bunny and Ñejo in August. He’s also been taking his music to an international level as the opening act for Residente.
“I’m learning a lot about different cultures,” he tells Billboard of his experience on tour and visiting countries such as Spain and Mexico for the first time. “Each time, there are more and more fans feeling my music. I like to write about things that happen in Puerto Rico, and a lot of people feel identified,” he added, stating that his biggest dream as an artist is to tour the world with his music.
But music never stopped him from pursuing his career as a doctor. In fact, after Hurricane Maria in 2017, PJ worked to help people in need and even recorded the viral track “Ave María” with no electricity and no microphones.
Currently, PJ is working on his debut studio album and preparing his first-ever solo tour, where he will visit fans in Latin America, Europe and the U.S.
Meet this week’s Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise.
Full Name: Pedro-Juan Vazquez Bragan a.k.a. PJ Sin Suela
Major Accomplishment: “Finish my career as a doctor and begin as a singer. Being able to touch people’s hearts with my music and make a positive social change in the world.”
Recommended Song: “Cual Es Tu Plan,” by Bad Bunny, PJ Sin Suela & Ñejo
What’s Next?: His new single “Mueve la chola” drops Friday. “It’s a song that I wrote after a shooting in Puerto Rico, where I helped one of the victims onto the ambulance,” he says. “I wrote the song against violence and gathered 60 women to deliver the message in the music video.”