Latin Artist on the Rise: Puerto Rican Urban Singer Lunay

Gato Rivero 


Puerto Rico has given us a lot of musical talent, especially in the urban genre. And yes, a new artist is growing and his name is Jefnier Osorio Moreno, artistically known as Lunay.

At only the age of 18, Lunay has achieved what many others dream of. For example, seeing his name for the first time on the Billboard charts and having a song with Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny.

"I found out about the charts two days after the 'Soltera' remix release," Lunay tells Billboard. "My producers Chris Jeday and Gaby Music gave me the news while I was in the studio, I couldn’t believe it  but then I saw my name and it is exciting."

On the Billboard charts, Lunay peaked No. 28 on the Emerging Artists chart dated May 25, 2019. So far, he has one Billboard Hot 100 entry after "Soltera," with Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny, peaked at No. 73 on May 25. Plus, he has two Hot Latin Songs entries: "Soltera" reached No. 3 and "Luz Apaga," with Ozuna, Rauw Alejandro and Lyanno, peaked at No. 26 on Dec. 15, 2018. And two Latin Airplay entries: "Soltera," which is at No. 1 on the current July 13-dated chart, and "Luz Apaga" peaked at No. 48 on Feb. 16.

To learn more about Lunay, Billboard contacted the rising singer to speak about his career development, his musical inspirations and more. Meet the Billboard Latin on the Rise, Lunay.

Name: Jefnier Osorio Moreno, better known as Lunay

Age: 18

How did your career start? I used to create freestyle videos for Facebook and social media. One day, the numbers started rising and then Chris Jeday and Gaby Music called me because they wanted to work with me. We have been planning my career for two years now.

Major accomplishment: To be on the Billboard charts, but also to be successful in many countries such as Chile, Argentina and Europe.

Recommended song: "Soltera"

How did you get Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny for “Soltera” remix? My producers reached out to Daddy Yankee and he loved the project. Then, I met Bad Bunny at a hotel in Miami.  I left to run errands and when I returned he was already recording his part.

How do you feel about the support of many established urban stars? I’m blessed. I’m only 18 years old and my career started a year ago. It is cool that artists like Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny consider me as one of their favorites.

Who inspires you? To be honest, it was Daddy Yankee. My favorite song is “Gasolina.”

Short-term goals: To perform at Coliseo de Puerto Rico and to start a nonprofit organization to give new talent the opportunity to be someone in music.

What’s next: This month, Lunay will be touring in Europe. He will also be performing at Premios Juventud 2019.