Reggaeton was born in the streets, a tantalizing blend of hip hop, rap and reggae, and first made a splash on the music scene in the nightclubs of Puerto Rico, permeated with the hopes and dreams of all those who aspire to more. Ivy was born as Martha Ivelisse Pesante in Añasco, Puerto Rico on March 4, 1972. When she was young, her parents moved to New York City. They returned to their hometown for two years when Ivy was a teenager, but she moved to San Juan at age 18. She later joined The Noise in 1995, a rap and reggaeton group, directed by rapper and producer DJ Negro and with the first woman in their ranks, sales reached a a half million copies. With the group, she wrote and performed her first song “Somos Rapperos Pero No Delincuentes” (We’re Rappers, But Not Delinquents).
year later, Ivy launched her solo career and in 1997 she released
her album En Mi Imperio, which included the hits "Pon Atención"
and "Como Mujer." She collaborated with different
musicians and Latin music producers of key importance, including
Domingo Quiñones, DLG, Alex D'Castro, Cuco Peña
and Sergio George. That same year, she participated in "The
First National Festival of Rap and Reggae" in the Dominican
Republic, where she was named the "Rap Singer of the Year."
She was also named "The Peoples Favorite Rap Singer"
by Artista magazine
Ivy had conquered fans all over Puerto Rico and Latin America,
and had released the hit album "The Original Rude Girl,"'
which included the duet "In The Zone" with Wyclef
Jean, co-founder of The Fugees; this production reflected the
original artistic vision of Ivy and earned her an even greater
number of fans around the world. From the United States to Mexico
and Spain, from Panama to the Dominican Republic, Ivy became
the female leader of her genre as well as a spokesperson for
female power, and became known as the Queen of Reggaeton.
move to New York in 2000, Ivy continued seeking out new collaborations
and experimented in the interest of broadening the scope of
her music, working on various interesting productions. PepsiCo
named her the musical spokesperson for Mountain Dew. In 2001
and 2002, she appeared in compilations of smash hits such as
Boricuas NY, DJ Nelson's: The Flow, Kilates and The Majestic.
2003 she launched Diva, after five years of no albums. Diva
was a veritable compendium of her artistic passion, femininity,
and culture. She followed it up in 2004 with Diva Platinum Edition,
with pieces she wrote and co-produced herself.
As a composer,
Ivy is inspired by her own experiences and by her most sincere
and spontaneous emotions. "I sing what's real, what I feel
in the moment," she says. "My songs are a reflection
of what happens day to day."
As a singer,
Ivy is in powerful command, always with an astonishingly tough,
strong stage presence.
is a fusion of the past, present, and future, consisting of
a totally contagious medley of the best hits and entrancing
rhythms of Ivy, including "Quiero Bailar," "Te
he Querido, Te He llorado," and the unstoppable "En
La Disco." The album also offers four new pieces of interest
produced by Rafi Mercenario, the most highly requested producer
in reggaeton. These new songs include Ivy's latest hit, "Cuentale,"
as well as "Marroneo," "Libertad," and a
cover of a hit from the late Tejano singer Selena, "Si
una Vez." "I feel honored to be able to sing one of
Selena's songs," declares Ivy humbly. "She was the
first artist to make a successful crossover before Jennifer
Lopez and all the rest."
the time Ivy first broke onto the music scene with her unstoppable
talent, she has always been a hit with fans not only because
of her talent and charisma but because of her ability to connect
with her fans and her down-to-earth nature, qualities that earned
her the title of Grand Marshal in 2004 and Goodwill Ambassador
in 2005 for the National Puerto Rican Parade of New York City,
where the artist had the opportunity to share directly with
her beloved "NewYorican" fans. Ivy Queen was also
the recipient of two awards at the People's Choice Reggaeton
Awards 2005 and 2004 in Puerto Rico. The People's Choice award
is given by the public, who chooses their favorite artists in
various categories. Last year, the singer was honored by her
fans at the Premios Juventud Awards for her musical career.
Also in 2006, Ivy Queen was the only artist of her genre invited
to participate in the tribute to Hector Lavoe in Madison Square
Garden, where the princess of salsa India assured her that she
would be a complete hit - which she was. There, Ivy sang the
song "Calle Luna Calle Sol" of Hector Lavoe.
o Being chosen for the Campaign to Fight Domestic Violence Against
Women in Puerto Rico
o Chosen by Latina Magazine as one of the most important Latina
o Honored by the Premios Juventud Awards for her musical career
o Received the Furia Musical Award in 2006 for "Best Reggaeton
Singer of the Year"
Sentimiento we find that love is what keeps us alive, whether
it's a breakup or reconciliation," says Ivy. "Each
guest artist is there to tell the listeners that we have all
loved at least once in our lives. The idea of creating such
a profound album is based on the fact that my parents raised
me for 'corta venas,' to love passionately. And I wanted my
generation to have songs that express what they are going through
when they are in love."
captures not only the reality of women in love, but reveals
to us the voice of men whom no one can save from the clutches
want people to listen to my growth as an artist and as a woman,"
says Ivy Queen. "I want people listening to my album to
feel this growth."
Release 2008 World Tour Live
Release Date: 8/12/2008
Recording Date: 8/2008
Length: 00:18:26 Hrs
Latin Pop, Latin Rap, Reggaeton
information on tour date: www.divaivyqueen.com