Peter Gene Hernandez born October 8, , known professionally as Bruno Mars , is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer. Mars is accompanied by his band, the Hooligans, who play a variety of instruments, such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums, and horns, and also serve as backup singers and dancers. After being dropped by Motown Records , Mars signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in
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Bruno Mars is in the courtyard — white T-shirt, Versace cap over curls, white slip-on sneakers, no socks — smoking his umpteenth cigarette of the day and trying with every bone in his roughly five-foot-five body to will his third album to completion. I want to be finished by the middle of next month. I do have a deadline. The last time Mars dropped an album was December — four years ago, an eternity for a pop star. This process is just such a weird process. Sitting in this freezing-ass-cold box trying to come up with songs. His insecurity has him second-guessing everything. But on the other hand … this is Bruno Mars. Six Number One singles. Two albums, 26 million in sales worldwide, four Grammys and counting.
Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars began to find success in the early s by writing songs for popular artists, including K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag. His father, Pete, was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, and his mother, Bernadette "Bernie" , was a singer. Mars received his nickname, "Bruno," while he was still a baby. In Waikiki Beach, Mars's family performed a Las Vegas-style revue that included Motown hits, doo-wop melodies and celebrity impersonations. Growing up around entertainers, Mars began picking up musical instruments from early childhood. It was just always there," he later recalled. He continued to perform with his family throughout his childhood, and as he approached adolescence he added Michael Jackson to his impersonation repertoire. Mars attended Roosevelt High School, where he and several friends formed a band, the School Boys, performing classic oldies hits alongside his family's act at the Ilikai Hotel in Honolulu. Mars credits his fearless stage presence to his unusual childhood. Everyone in my family sings, plays instruments.