Marc Anthony’s powerful and distinct voice has brought him incredible success, and now he’s using it to make an impact as a philanthropist.
“God has been very good to me,” stated Anthony, who has been singing for well over two decades and has won several of the main awards within the music industry.
Born in New York to Puerto Rican parents, he hopes to make an impact in the lives of others, in very much the same way that music impacted him.
With that goal in mind, he, along with entrepreneur Henry Cárdenas, founded the Maestro Cares Foundation in 2012. The foundation improves the quality of life for orphaned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the United States.
“One of the most beautiful aspects of this endeavor is being able to see how their attitude changes when their surroundings are improved; how they grow in order to fulfill their dreams. It’s amazing to see them evolve, many of them are already graduating, have careers…At my New York show in November I received a visit from a Dominican girl who used to live in one of the first homes we established. She already has career in the fashion industry and a very productive life in New York. We have a lot of kids like her and that gives me great satisfaction,” said Anthony to THE WEEKLY JOURNAL.
Maria Brought Him Closer to Puerto Rico
Maestro Cares currently has projects in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Bolivia, and will soon finish others in Colombia and Guatemala. El Salvador, Chile and the United States are next on the list.
“We have accomplished a lot in very little time. Henry, the team at the foundation and I have really put in a tremendous amount of effort into providing these children with a better quality of life,” he stated.
Puerto Rico, however, has been at the forefront of his philanthropic agenda since the impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017. On Sept. 2017, he and his company, Magnus Media, created Somos Una Voz (We Are One Voice), an organization that provides humanitarian assistance to areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States affected by natural disasters.
The organization has continued to develop and evolve as the needs of people have changed.
“I think that Somos Una Voz had its largest impact in Puerto Rico when, after the telethon, we decided to give the bulk of the proceeds to organizations on the island. Those organizations were able to further grow and develop in order to affect change on the locals,” he said.
“To this day, we continue monitoring and providing assistance, far beyond just holding a telethon. This year, on Maria’s anniversary, we met with the organizations that had received donations and they provided us with detailed reports on their works. As part of the conversation, we touched on the perceived needs going forward and decided to establish the Somos Legacy Program because the work still isn’t finished,” stated Anthony.
The artist also believes in sports as a tool for social change so he has joined the Play Ball Again initiative that seeks to rehabilitate baseball parks on the island.
“It’s a really special organization. Sports are one of the things we promote through Maestro Cares as well. Sports, like art, are an important part of our childhood development. It’s important to have these spaces within communities, especially in low income areas because they really do make a big difference in children’s lives. We are very happy to be collaborating with Bad Bunny, Unicef, Cubs Charity and the Corporación de Apoyo a Iniciativas Locales,” he added.
A Unique Style
Although he has a very busy philanthropic calendar, his musical career doesn’t suffer, as demonstrated by the success of his most recent album, Opus. This, his eighth production, also lends its name to his current North American tour, which delighted crowds at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum past Dec. 15.
“Finishing up the tour in Puerto Rico is very special to me. We have been traveling all over the place for a whole year and to get to Puerto Rico, where I am always welcomed with a lot of love, in December, gives me this great “going out with a bang” feeling, a very Puerto Rican thing. Our people is like no other,” excitedly admitted the artist who has over 30 billboard hits and 7.4 billion views on YouTube.
His Vivir Mi Vida, Cambio de Piel, Full Circle and Legacy tours have landed on Pollstar’s list of most lucrative tours.
In 1993, he launched his first album, Otra Nota, and the hits have kept on coming.
“I’ve always thought that there’s music for everyone. Salsa, even though it’s not always in style, has never stopped being one of the top genres worldwide. In my case, I’ve always been loyal to my style, to what my fans have liked and to what I want to communicate through my music. People can identify with, dance and sing to my music,” said the six time Grammy-award winner.
It is worth nothing that Marc Anthony, whose real name is Marco Antonio Muñiz, has also succeeded as an entrepreneur with his company, Magnus Media.
“[The company] means a lot to me. We always wanted a platform that could promote quality Latin talent while also celebrating our culture at a global scale, and serving as support to all those people who have asked for my advice throughout the years. We have done so much in just a few short years, not only with our artists, but also with our sports division,” added the man who is also a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins and who currently sells his own brand of clothing at Kohl’s.
“More Than I Ever Imagined”
Anthony has many things to be thankful for, particularly for the fact “that my children are healthy, happy and that I have more than I could have ever imagined. God has been very good to me,” he added.
His oldest child is Ariana, followed by teenagers Cristian and Ryan, whom he had with ex-wife Dayanara Torres, and 11-year-old twins Max and Emme, whom he fathered with Jennifer López.
He went on to say that he will spend this Christmas with his family and close friends.
“We are very traditional in the sense that when we get together we listen to salsa, we have “parrandas navideñas”, rice with pigeon peas, pork and “coquito”. We usually spend Christmas in the Dominican Republic and Miami, although I am not sure where we will be this year,” he said
If 2019 has been good to Anthony, 2020 shows no signs of slowing down for the 51-year-old interpreter.
“We are working on a lot of new projects to be unveiled in the new year; we will be signing artists and working in the television and film industry, but it’s still too early to give out any details,” said the man who has acted alongside Denzel Washington in the movie Man on Fire and who played Hector Lavoe in the movie El Cantante.
One of those projects that he cannot comment on yet is the movie In The Heights, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, and set to come out in June 2020.