Not your everyday salsero, Marlow Rosado is a producer, composer, and pianist who incorporates elements of rock, hip-hop, reggaeton, and bachata into his salsa recordings and performances.
The Puerto Rico native moved to Florida in order to study music. After receiving a master's degree in jazz education, Rosado began to share his love of music with elementary-school children as a teacher while moonlighting conducting orchestras, producing recordings, and writing arrangements. A gig singing for Desmond Child -- Songwriting Hall of Fame inductee and frequent associate of Aerosmith and Bon Jovi -- led to work with Ricky Martin and Alejandra Guzmán, and in 2004 Rosado's childhood dreams came true when he worked on the veteran group El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico's album Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad! In 2006 Yolandita Monge recorded the Marlow composition "Sentimiento Boriqueño" for her 30th album, Demasiado Fuerte, and in 2009 he launched his solo recording career with the album Salsalsa, which was released by the label that he had grown up with, Fania. Work for Charlie Cruz, India, Héctor Acosta, and, once again, Ricky Martin took him to the year 2012 and his second solo album, Retro. The appropriately titled effort was a return to salsa's past, and earned Marlow a Grammy nomination for Best Tropical Latin Album. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi