There is no way you can talk about pop music in contemporary times without mentioning Bruno Mars. Incredibly talented and generously blessed with musical gifts, Mars has grown to become one of the most influential names in pop music at the moment. He has recorded and released smash hits, shaking the world with his sound and becoming increasingly popular around the globe. A multi-talented man, Mars is not just a pop star but is also adored for his ability to perform in different styles including funk, R&B, soul, reggae, rock, and even hip hop.
Apart from his mind-blowing singing ability, Bruno Mars is also a skillful dancer who has wowed audiences many times with his dance steps. He is also admired for his incredibly energetic stage performances. Because of his growing popularity, some fans have often wondered where exactly he is from and how tall he is compared to other celebrities. Well, we have gathered some information about this for you. Allow us to tell you all you need to know.
Who Is Bruno Mars?
Born on the 8th day of October in the year 1985, Bruno Mars’ real name is actually Peter Gene Hernandez. Bruno Mars is the name he has adopted as his stage name. According to him, his father nicknamed him ‘Bruno’ and the name stuck.
He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and developed a passion for singing at a very tender age. This was because he was raised in a family that adored music. His father, identified as Peter Hernandez is a rock and roll musician who played percussion while his mother, identified as Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, was a singer and hula dancer.
Because there was always music around him while he was growing up, Bruno Mars developed a strong desire to make music from when he was young and actually started performing when he was just 4 years old. Bruno began to mimic Michael Jackson and impersonated Elvis Presley on stage. He soon began to gain some recognition in Hawaii; he even got featured in MidWeek, a popular Hawaiian tabloid shopper at the age of 5 in 1990.
However, things turned sour when he turned 12 years old after his parents divorced. He and his brothers with their father had to move out of their parents’ home. Now homeless, they started living in the back of a car. Some other times they lived on rooftops, and in an abandoned bird zoo. It was quite a rough time for the family.
During all the tough time, Bruno Mars kept recording demos. One day, his sister met with Mike Lynn who happened to be the head of A&R at Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment record label and played Mars’ demo for him. The man loved it and invited Mars to come to America. Consequently, when he finished his high school education at the age of 17, Bruno Mars left Hawaii to pursue his music career in the USA.
In 2004, shortly after landing in America, he signed a record contract with the legendary Motown Records in 2004. However, the deal went sour and he was dropped by the label in less than one year. He then signed another recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2009 before The Smeezingtons, a production team in the same year.
Bruno Mars eventually shot into global limelight in 2010 when he released his debut studio album titled Doo-Wops & Hooligans. The album was a hit as it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart in America. It also climbed to the number one spot in different countries including Canada and Germany. Mars released his second album titled Unorthodox Jukebox in 2012. This time the album peaked at the US Billboard Hot 100, cementing his status as one of the most exciting pop stars in the world.
He has now released 3 studio albums, 27 singles, and 1 EP. So far, he has sold more than 26 million albums and 200 million singles around the world, becoming one of the best selling musicians of all time. He also has holds three Guinness World Records and several awards including 11 Grammy awards and many others.
Where Exactly Is He From?
Bruno Mars is an American man but he is not exactly from the USA. So, where exactly is he from? Well, Bruno Mars was born in Honolulu, a city in Hawaii, and also grew up there. Apparently, he is from Hawaii but he is also American because his father, Peter Hernandez, is originally from Brooklyn, New York.
Mars boasts of a multi-ethnic background. This is because his mother, Bernadette San Pedro Bayot is reported to have migrated from the Philippines to Hawaii when she was just a child. In addition to this, she is also reported to have Spanish and Filipino roots. On his part, Mars’ father, Hernandez is reported to have Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jewish roots.
How Tall Is He?
Bruno Mars is a very handsome man who is admired by the ladies for his very cute looks. He also has a fine body build and walks with confidence wherever he is seen. The singer is not quite a tall man; he stands at 5 feet 5 inches or 1.65 m in height. He is also reported to weigh about 148 lbs, which is 67 kilograms.