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Salsa vocalist Anthony Cruz was born in New Jersey, footsteps away from the simmering New York salsa scene. As a child of only five, Cruz distinguished himself via talent shows and competitions as a sonero to watch. He began working shortly thereafter, singing coro for Pedro Conga y Su Orquesta Internacional, as well as singing sessions for Roberto Lugo, Pedro Arroyo, and Mario Ortiz, to name a few. He was signed to the Musical Productions label, releasing his solo debut, Algo Nuevo, in 1990. The disc went gold, generating radio hits like "Si Supieras" and "Tu Traicion." Cruz's follow-up release, Para Ti in 1993, generated some airplay, but experienced significantly less success than its predecessor. Cruz's third self-titled release featured the popular song "Cuanto Te Amo," getting him back on the charts after a six-year slump. Una Vez Mas was released in 1998, and was met again with interest if not impressive sales. Lacking a strong fan base in the States, Cruz spent the next period of time touring extensively throughout Latin America. One of few artists who has stayed with one label for the majority of his recording career, Cruz released two more records with Musical Productions, Un Nuevo Amanecer in 2002 and Para Mi Gente in 2007. The former generated a good deal of radio play through 2003 and 2004 with songs like "Que Bombon" and "Ven." ~ Evan C. Gutierrez