Prince Royce Names His Picks for Top 5 Male Latin Singers of All Time
Going to school or hanging out with friends while growing up in the Bronx, Prince Royce heard the sounds of the day -- pop, R&B, hip-hop, some rock. Then at home it was Spanish and Latin music, legendary voices who seldom -- save for someone like Marc Anthony -- crossed between his two worlds. That's, of course, why he called his first English album Double Vision.
"All my life I heard music in double vision," the 26-year-old singer (born Geoffrey Royce Rojas) tells Billboard. "I had two sides of the music world and I loved them both." Until this year, however, he's made his name singing bachata; His first three albums hit No. 1 on the Top Latin Album charts, spawning eight No. 1 singles. He's won 19 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been nominated for 10 Billboard Music Awards and seven Latin Grammy Awards. Double Vision, meanwhile, debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 during July and gave him a foothold in the Anglo music scene with help from crossover forebears such as Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, as well as Snoop Dogg, Tyga and Kid Ink.
Give him the opportunity, though and Prince Royce is happy to dive back into his roots and talk about his forebears. "These guys are heroes to me, legends," he says. "I know not everybody knows who they are, but to me they're some of the best singers in the world, period, not just Latin singers.” Read on for Prince Royce's picks for the top 5 best male Latin singers of all time (in no particular order).
1. Marc Anthony
"He's the true definition of just a straight-up great voice. I went to see him live, and there's not much production in his show; there's not even much pyro and stuff like that. It's just straight music. It's a band, it's him, there's no dancers. You just go to enjoy good music. I just think he's a guy that's been true to his music and the organic side of things through the years. And he's still killing it. He's doing his thing."
2. Juan Gabriel
"I've always liked Juan Gabriel as a songwriter. He has so many songs. he's just a singer from Mexico that kind of has hit after hit. It's pretty impressive."
3. Luis Miguel
"He's just a stormy voice. I remember him back in the day, this handsome guy just getting on stage, girls going crazy. He was really like the sex symbol type of dude, and I remember everyone around wanted to be Luis Miguel. He was like some dude from the movies, a James Bond type of dude, and when you see his shows it's like him and a 20-piece band, and he keeps the same form as Marc Anthony, no dancers or production, and people are just going crazy, like The Beatles.
4, Juan Luis Guerra
"He just switched bachata up; he took it from the rural sound it was and kind of made it more pop and took it to a lot of countries. I really admire him."
5. Franco De Vita
"I met him a few times. He's amazing on the piano and he really can just write his own songs and it's so raw. I saw him one time at a Latin Grammy dinner or something and it was just him and his piano and it was just so raw and so emotional. I think his ballads are some of the greatest in music. His songs are the ones you play at weddings and stuff. We rarely hear slow jams on radio today the way we used to, but I think he's great at that."