, also known as El Rey
(born William Omar Landrón Rivera
; February 10, 1978, is a Puerto Rican Reggaetón
singer and actor.
William Omar Landrón Rivera is the oldest son of William Landrón and Luz Antonia Rivera. He was raised in Santurce
, a barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico
, specifically in the Villa Palmeras area. From an early age, he showed interest in the music of Vico C
and Brewley MC, but never actually followed it. During his youth, he became an active member of a Protestant church, Iglesia Evangélica Restauración en Cristo, in Bayamón
where he occasionally offered sermons
. However, after four years, he left the church to dedicate himself to singing.
Several months later, he had his first public presentation in a night club, accompanied by disc jockey Eliel Lind Osorio
. Afterwards he appeared regularly on compilation albums from popular DJ's and producers like Luny Tunes
, and DJ Eric. He also started working as a backup singer for the duo Héctor & Tito
. One of the members, Héctor Delgado
, helped him produce his first solo album.
2000–2005: The Last Don
Don Omar's career catapulted to stardom with the release of his first studio album, The Last Don
. Both the studio version and its live edition have been certified platinum
by the Recording Industry Association of......