Bruno Mars

Singer, songwriter, musician, producer – Bruno Mars has earned himself quite a few titles for a 27-year-old. But one look at his musical up-bringing and and it’s clear that Mars was always destined to be a star.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Bruno Mars (born Peter Gene Hernandez) got on stage for the first time at age four to sing an Elvis song. After that momentous day for Mars, the performance bug had bitten and there was no looking back.

Growing up musically in Hawaii was ideal for Mars as the islands are a sort of hub for just about every type of music, from reggae, rock and folk music to Motown and the latest pop hits. But once he finished high school, it was off to Los Angeles to try to make the dream of a music career into a reality.

Mars’ solo career at first took a backseat to his songwriting and producing abilities, working on songs for artists like Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Sean Kingston, Brandy and Flo Rida – specifically his 2009 hit “Right Round.” But Mars’ smooth falsetto couldn’t stay hidden behind the words for long, and he was featured in B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” both Top 10 songs.

His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox” was released in December. Mars says it’s “darker and more aggressive” than his first, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Check out Bruno’s latest video below and click here to buy the album.