Bruno Mars is another name for Peter Gene Hernandez, an American singer, composer, and music producer. He was born on October 8, 1985. He is renowned for his on-stage antics, vintage showmanship, and ability to perform in various musical genres, such as pop, R&B, funk, soul, dub, disco, and rock. Mars gets help from his band, the Hoodlums, who perform as backing singers, dancers, and players of various instruments, including acoustic guitar, bass, piano, synthesisers, drums, and horns.
Mars, a musician native to Honolulu, Hawaii, relocated to Los Angeles in 2003. He co-founded The Smeezingtons in 2009, a production company that has worked on several Mars’ and other artists’ hit hits. He became well-known in 2010 thanks to the sensations of Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” and B.o.’s “Nothin’ B.’s on You,” including his vocals.
Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Mars’ debut studio album from that year, was a fusion of pop, reggae, and R&B. It gave birth to the number-one hits “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” and “The Lazy Song”, all over the world. His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox (2012), inspired by the disco, funk, rock, reggae, and soul genres, became his first top one on the Billboard 200.
Bruno Mars Early Life and Career
Peter Gene Hernandez belongs to Honolulu’s Waikiki district, and his father, Peter Hernandez, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is half Mexican American and half Jewish. According to Mars, his Jewish ancestors originated in Ukraine and Hungary.
His mother, Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, who had Filipino and Spanish origins, immigrated first from the Philippines to Hawaii. His father is a vocalist, and his mother danced the hula in a show where they both performed. His father nicknamed him “Bruno” when he was two years old due to his likeness to former wrestler Bruno Sammartino.
Mars, one of six kids, came from a family of musicians and was exposed to various musical styles, starting with rock & roll and continuing with reggae, rap music, and the blues. His father presented Little Richard’s songs, which influenced him as a small child, while his mother was a singer and dancer.
His uncle, an Elvis Presley mimic, urged Mars, then three, to sing Presley and Michael Jackson songs on stage. At age four, Mars started playing five days weekly with his family’s group, The Love Letters, and quickly gained notoriety in Hawaii for his Elvis Presley impression.
Mars negotiated a record deal with Motown Records shortly after relocating to Los Angeles in 2004. The contract “went nowhere,” prompting him to speak with will——am’s administration, which also proved unproductive—the singer’s time with Motown ended up helping his career. Philip Lawrence, an American composer and record producer, was also associated with the label.
Mars stayed in Los Angeles and inked a music publishing deal with American record companies Steve Lindsey and Cameron Schmid at Westside Independence in 2005 after the label released him less than a year after signing him.
More About His Work
- Producing work from 2004 to 2010
- 2010–2012: Hooligans and Doo-Wops
- Unusual Jukebox and the Postseason XLVIII Halftime Show, 2012–2014
- Title Game 50 Halftime Show with 24K Magic, 2015–2018
- 2018–2022: New partnerships and a Silk Sonic concert
- Till now: fourth studio album
The production of Mars’ fourth studio album as a solo artist started in February 2023. Brody Brown was allowed to join him in the session, and he said, “Dude, my fourth record is in the works. Let’s do it now. Let’s move quickly.”
Little Richard, Frank Lymon, Little Aaron, and Jerry Lee Lewis were among the performers; Mars got an environment to grow up, along with songs by Little Richard, Frank Lymon, Little Aaron, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Mars used to pretend to be Elvis Presley when he was younger.
Another significant influence on him, Michael Jackson, was also impersonated. He also gets influenced by The Neptunes’ and Timbaland’s hip-hop productions, which ended up playing on the radio.
Bruno Mars Personal Life
Mars Hernandez’s brother, Eric, has always played the drums for his backing group, The Hooligans. The Lylas are an all-female rock band comprising their sisters Tiara, Tahitian, and Presley and their relative Jamie. Jamie lived with the siblings when she was young, owing to family problems. Model Jessica Caban and Mars started dating in 2011. As of 2019, the two are still together, sharing a Hollywood Hills mansion with a Bulldog named Geronimo.
Bruno Mars Net Worth
With an $18,839,681 earnings projection, according to Billboard, Mars is the twelfth-highest-paid musician of 2013. He was ranked thirteenth on the Celebrity 100 list when Forbes magazine disclosed his earnings in 2014. Forbes calculated the $60 million he made between June 2013 and June 2014 from his songs and tour.
Mars made approximately $39 million between June 2016 and June 2017 and was rated sixth on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities in June 2017. Mars was named the highest-paid musician in America in 2017 by Forbes in July of that year, earning an estimated $100 million in total. As a result, he rose to the eleventh spot on the Celebrities 100 list and made his highest-ever yearly salary.