Héctor Eduardo Reglero Montaner (born September 8, 1957) better known as Ricardo Montaner (Spanish pronunciation: [riˈkarðo montaˈner]; is an Argentine-born Venezuelan singer-songwriter. Starting his career in the late 1970s, he has already released more than 15 albums with numerous successful singles and has sold over 22 million record worldwide. He is currently married to Marlene Rodriguez. He has two older sons from a first marriage Alejandro Reglero and Hector Reglero followed by Ricardo Reglero, Mauricio Reglero and Evaluna Reglero, all of them have been involved with musical projects.
Montaner was born as Héctor Eduardo Reglero Montaner, in Valentín Alsina, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. However, he moved to Venezuela when he was 6 years old. During his youth he performed in the church chorus in the city of Maracaibo. The first song he internationally performed, in a festival in Peru was "Canta, viejo, canta". After this he decided to choose his artistic name Ricardo Montaner (using his maternal family name).
In 1978, he recorded his first LP named Mares. The same year he participated in the Ancon Festival (a Peruvian music festival from 1968 to 1984); where he gained some popularity after performing his song "Murallas".
In 1983, he released his first album titled Cada Día. Although the album was not a great success, it was a start for Montaner's career. He describes this album:"as his own version of death metal"
It wasn't until 1987 when Montaner became widely popular in Venezuela with the singles "Yo Que Te Amé" and "Vamos a Dejarlo" belonging to his self-titled album.
The following year he came out with Ricardo Montaner 2 which featured hit songs like "Tan Enamorados" and "A Donde Va El Amor". At the same time, he acted in the popular telenovela (soap opera) Niña Bonita. This also became a tool to make his songs known to the rest of Latin America. He won 4 platinum albums in Argentina alone. His next two albums, Un Toque de Misterio and En el Último Lugar del Mundo, became classics of the popular music in Mexico, Central and South America with hits such as "La Cima del Cielo", "Me Va a Extrañar", "Déjame Llorar" and "Será".
By 1992 Ricardo decided to hit the Spanish Caribbean with Los Hijos del Sol, an album that contained songs like "Castillo Azul", "Honda" and "Piel Adentro". That year, he also recorded a duet with Michelle, which was the Latinamerican version for the Aladdin song "A Whole New World" titled "Un Mundo Ideal". In the same year (1992), he performed in his concert on the Madison Square Garden, with more than 16,000 people who attended the concert. Additionally he released singles such as La pequeña Venecia in which he demonstrates his immense love and appreciation towards his adoptive nation Venezuela, in which he refers to Venezuela as his country. Montaner was nominated for three Lo Nuestro Awards in 1993: Pop Artist of the Year, and Pop Song and Video of the Year for the single "Castillo Azul".
Although Montaner has written most of his songs he has worked closely with other great song writers in Latin America such as Pablo Manavello, Ilan Chester and Oscar Gómez. But in 1994, Ricardo Montaner wrote and produced all the songs in his album Una Mañana y un Camino, which became popular only years after his release due to the lack of promotion by his new record label EMI Latin, with which Ricardo would also release Viene del Alma in 1995, an Italian pop flavored album. Also in 1995 he teamed up with Yolandita Monge to establish a Guinness World Record for performing 3 concerts in different cities on the same day in Puerto Rico. This was only possible by air transportation via helicopter from stage to stage.
Changes in style
By 1997, Montaner was already a well-established artist in the Spanish-speaking music world and could give himself the luxury of experimenting with other styles of music, without forgetting the roots that had made him so popular a decade earlier. Working one more time with Pablo Manavello and with a new record company, Warner Music proved to be the promoter Ricardo was expecting for. Es Así brought Ricardo much popularity in the United States Spanish-speaking areas and allowed Montaner to tour more than 17 countries in Latin America making him even more popular in Spain. Songs like "La Mujer de Mi Vida", "Para Llorar" and "Es Así" became very popular all around.
In 1999, Montaner recorded his best album ever with his past hits decorated with the strings of the London Metropolitan Orchestra. This proved to be very successful and sold over 1 million copies. Ricardo made another attempt in 2001 with Sueño Repetido that included the bolero-style song "Bésame" arranged by Bebu Silvetti which became a hit all over the world. Future works with Juan Carlos Calderón, Kike Santander and Silvetti would be the key for Ricardo to move his songs and popularity to another level in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
2002's Suma (Bolero style songs) and 2003's Prohibido Olvidar (balada pop) had fair results in terms of sales and acceptance. "Si Tuviera Que Elegir" in Suma was written for his daughter. In 2003 he broke the record for the most concerts on a same tour in the theater of Bellas Artes in Puerto Rico. He sold out 18 concerts breaking his past record of 12, which also held it Yolandita Monge and Ricardo Arjona. In 2004, he made another album with the London Metropolitan Orchestra named Con La London Metropolitan Orchestra Vol. 2 featuring his latest hits songs and two exclusive songs such as "Desesperado" and "Esta Escrito". In 2005, Montaner launched Todo y Nada which featured the songs "Cuando a mi Lado Estas" and "Nada".
For this album he's already nominated in the Latin Grammys with album and song of the year for "Cuando a mi Lado Estas". "Amarte es mi Pecado" and Heridas de Amor are non-album songs that have been chosen to be the theme songs on two very popular Mexican soap operas and that much popular have become these songs.
In 2007, Ricardo released Las Mejores Canciones Del Mundo produced by Adrian Posse with the songs "Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti", "Nostalgias (Argen Version)", "Échame A Mí La Culpa (Artista Invitado: Juanes)".
In 2008, he released Las Mejores Canciones Del Mundo II - Y Algunas Mías...! with the songs "Cuando Un Amigo Se Va", "Ansiedad", "Bésame (Featuring Pasión Vega)". Montaner's new single "Convénceme" is now success on iTunes and on the radio stations. His new album "Viajero Frecuente" (Frequent Traveler), is going to be available as of October 16, 2012 on iTunes and other stores.
Ricardo Montaner has sold over 22 million albums, and keeps breaking records in arenas and theaters all over the world. The last one was in another concert that he did in Mar del Plata, Argentina; there were 220,000 people that attended the concert that night.
Montaner Started a tour named: "Viajero Frecuente Tour 2013" in Mexico on January 24, 2013.
He released the album "Agradecido" on December 2014 and started another tour with the same name on Mexico.
On October 2016, "Ida y Vuelta" was released, containing 20 songs, but only 11 were written by him. This album is different because he sang 9 songs written by well known Mexican singers (in an attempt to honor Mexico). In return, those Mexican singers sang some of Montaner's songs, all in the same album. The deluxe version of "Ida y Vuelta" contains all 20 songs, the basic version contains only 11.
Ricardo is married to Marlene Rodríguez Miranda and has three children with her and two sons from a previous marriage. His sons Héctor and Alejandro Montaner are also singers. He also has a daughter Evaluna Montaner who also sings. He lives with his family in Miami Beach, Florida.
In 1994, after Montaner fell out with his record label Sonorodven of the father of his wife, Sonográfica took him under their wing; this was the motive for a legal dispute between the two companies, and which increased the struggle that has been fought between them for over 14 years.
- Cada Día (1983)
- Ricardo Montaner (1987)
- Ricardo Montaner, Vol.2 (1988)
- Un Toque de Misterio (1990)
- En el Último Lugar de Mundo (1991)
- Los Hijos del Sol (1992)
- Una Mañana y un Camino (1994)
- Viene del Alma (1995)
- Es Así (1997)
- Con la London Metropolitan Orchestra (1999)
- Sueño Repetido (2001)
- Suma (2002)
- Prohibido Olvidar (2003)
- Con la London Metropolitan Orchestra (2004)
- Todo y Nada (2005)
- Las Mejores Canciones del Mundo (2007)
- Las Mejores Canciones, Vol. 2 (2007)
- Las Cosas Son Como Son (2009)
- Viajero Frecuente (2012)
- Agradecido (2014)
- Ida y Vuelta (2016)
- Los Reyes (Himself), 2005
- La Voz Colombia (Coach), 2012
- La Voz Colombia 2 (Coach), 2013