Was one of the most emblematic interpreters of romantic salsa. He was born in New Jersey, United States, on January 5, 1965 to Puerto Rican parents and died the night of Friday, May 18, 2018, of a cardiac arrest, after several days in the hospital.
At an early age she demonstrated her talent as a singer by winning a contest for vocalists in New York, at the young age of five. There, she also stood out by singing with various youth salsa groups of the time and by 1992 she launched herself as a solo artist.
Before Anthony Cruz became a soloist for the Musical Productions label, he was trained by musical institutions that made him worthy of this great opportunity. He was part of the Pedro Conga International Orchestra, chorus singer in the productions of Roberto Lugo, Pedro Arroyo, Nino Segarra; and lead singer of the late Mario Ortíz.
His first production under Musical Productions, which are the executives of J&N Records, was entitled “Algo Nuevo”, which highlighted the songs “No le temas a él”, with which he reached high levels of popularity that led him to obtain a Gold Record and successful personal presentations throughout the world. It was followed by songs like “Si Sabieras”, “Tu Traición”, “Nunca te Fallé” and “La llave de tu Apartamento”.
In his second production entitled “Para ti”, the songs “Dile a El”, “Atracción Fatal”, “A Que Saben tus Besos” and “Me Gusta”, among others, stood out.
Their productions have included songs by great composers such as Alicia Baroni, Mimi Ibarra, Lolita de la Colina, Gerardo Garcia and arrangers of the stature of Ramón Sánchez and Rafael “Bodo” Torres, among others.
In addition to his success in Puerto Rico, his music has reached international countries such as Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States and the Dominican Republic.
Death of Anthony Cruz
Anthony Cruz died on the night of Friday, May 18, 2018, from a cardiac arrest, after several days in the hospital. His sister Mary Cruz posted a message on social networks announcing the death. The message read: “It is with great sorrow in my heart that I inform you that my beloved brother Anthony Cruz resides in the arms of our Lord. We will be grateful if you keep him in your prayers”.
After his death, the singer Gilberto Santa Rosa wrote in his Facebook account: “Rest the friend and great singer Anthony Cruz! Fly high brother and may your music remain in the hearts of your colleagues, friends and admirers, rest in peace”. While Andy Montañez wrote that with the departure of the interpreter of ‘Morena linda’ “a great one left”.
The singer Mimi Barra, declared on social networks: “My God, I can’t believe it, it can’t be…. unfortunately Anthony Cruz, my friend, with whom I made a duet with a song of my authorship ‘No puede ser’ and the interpreter of several songs I wrote as ‘Morena linda’, ‘Nunca te falleda’, ‘Dile a él’, ‘A qué saben tus besos’, etc… he left. I feel very sad, a friend of mine, one of the greats, left. Rest in peace Anthony Cruz, your voice will stay with us; and today I repeat with much sadness: it cannot be”.