Who Is He
Peter Hernandez was born in Hawaii into a musical family. After spending his childhood performing in the family band and impersonating Elvis Presley, Hernandez moved to LA at 17 years old and adopted his stage name, Bruno Mars. Though he always wanted to be a performer, he began his music career by writing and producing songs for other artists while he developed his own craft. After singing the hooks on hit songs like “Nothin’ On You” and “Billionaire”, Mars finally got a solo record deal and released his debut album, Doo-wops & Hooligans in 2010. Spawning massive hits including “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade”, the album was nominated for multiple awards and established him as a rising star. After the release of his sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, and establishing himself as one of the most exciting and engaging live performers of his generation, Bruno was invited to the ultimate test: performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. His mix of retro styling and classic showmanship won over the largest television viewing audience of all time and cemented his place as one of the most important pop stars of the 2000s.
What Are His Messages
Bruno’s musical identity is diverse, borrowing elements of doo-wop, reggae, R&B, rock and soul and blending with sturdy pop songcraft. His lyrics are in the same vein, leaving mixed messages for listeners to interpret. Songs like “Nothin’ On You” and “Just The Way You Are” encourage people to accept their flaws and see themselves as beautiful and important, regardless of what others say. “Grenade” and “When I Was Your Man” speak to the extremes one is willing to take in relationships. Unfortunately, there are also songs like “Locked Out Of Heaven”, “Gorilla” and “Runaway Baby”, that, while immensely catchy, are filled with over-sexualized lyrics and barely concealed innuendo. “The Lazy Song” is a self-explanatory exaltation of the virtues of doing absolutely nothing that, though humorous, may not be the wisest anthem for teenagers to adopt.
What Does A Youthworker Need2Know
As a youth leader, you would be hard pressed to find a better entertainer from current pop stars than Bruno Mars. His strong voice and expert musicianship matched with his high-energy showmanship makes for a seemingly classy, throwback performance. The Super Bowl performance itself was a perfect example. Here was a modern artist doing what so few modern artists do: putting on a show using live instruments and boundless energy instead of relying on studio tricks or explosions. It hearkened back to days past when an entertainer was able to hold a crowd using only talent and sheer will. However, in all of that retro-soaked goodwill, a lot of lyrical content was glossed over. Lines like “your sex takes me to paradise” or “there’s only one carrot and they all gotta share it” put an unnecessary damper on an immensely talented young man and his repertoire of hits. Hopefully, as he grows and matures, so will his lyrical content. He is far too talented to pander to trends.
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