Internationally renowned Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra will be honored as the 2007 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Chosen for his professional, cultural and philanthropic accomplishments, Guerra will receive the honor at a star-studded tribute dinner and concert on November 7 in Las Vegas.
"The Latin Recording Academy and its Board of Trustees are proud and elated to recognize Mr. Juan Luis Guerra, an amazing musical talent who possesses such rich cultural roots and is a true creative visionary," said Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa. "As an accomplished artist and a dynamic performer who has embraced many styles of music, he brings a unique passion and universal sense to his music. We truly are privileged to honor such a talented man, and we look forward to a spectacular evening on November 7." Born in the Dominican Republic, Guerra was influenced by the Beatles as a teen. He taught himself the basics of guitar playing and eventually attended the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in his native country. He then continued on to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston to study composition and arranging. Upon the completion of his studies, he returned to the Dominican Republic where he formed Juan Luis Guerra y 440 (pronounced "four-forty") with a group of local musicians. Together, they recorded Bachata Rosa in 1990, which earned Guerra a Grammy Award and sold more than 5 million copies at the time.
Guerra gained more critical acclaim with the release of Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual (It's Not The Same Nor Is It Equal), which garnered him two Latin Grammys at the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2000. His next album in 2004, Para Tí, reflected his spirituality and earned him two more Latin Grammys. He has recorded tracks and shared the stage with Maná, Ruben Blades and Diego Torres, and has performed alongside such legendary artists as the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, and Sting. The lead single off his latest album of the same name, "La Llave De Mi Corazon," spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Latin charts.