Barrio Boyzz

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Barrio Boyzz
Background information
Origin New York City, United States
Years active 1991–2001
Associated acts Selena
Past members Freddy Correa
Angel Ramirez
David Davilla
Hans Giraldo
Louie Marrero
Robert Vargas

The Barrio Boyzz were a Latin pop group. The group was made up of Americans of Puerto rican descent and Colombian Americans who grew up in New York City. They gained popularity during the 1990s, when they became label-mates with the Mexican-American recording artist Selena, and landed their first Billboard number-one song entitled "Donde Quiera Que Estés" (Where Ever You Are) in 1993, from the album of the same name.


The group was formed in 1991 when they were introduced to each other by manager Joe Jacket (of New Kids on The Block), who was looking to create a mainstream Latino group.[1] After auditioning to Charles Koppelan, the CEO of EMI Records, they were then signed to SBK Records, a pop sub-division of EMI.[2] They initially wanted to crossover as mainstream American pop singers, similar to Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, and Selena.[3] The following year, they released their debut album, "Crazy Coolin'", which they toured in middle and high schools across New York City, and made motivational speeches.[2] Their single "Muy Suavemente", charted on the Billboard Latin Charts; its accompanying music video was shot in the barrios of New York City, sticking to their heritages.[2] Their follow-up album "Donde Quiera Que Estes" (1993) peaked on Billboard Latin Pop Albums at number-seven, whereas the album peaked at number-fifteen on the Billboard Top Latin Albums.[4] The duet, with Selena, peaked at number-one on three Billboard charts in 1994[5][6] as Selena and the Barrio Boyzz promoted the song during her Amor Prohibido Tour. The song helped the Barrio Boyzz crossover to Southern United States[7] Their next album, "Una Vez Mas" peaked at number three on the Latin Pop Albums,[8] while managing on the top twenty of the Billboard Top 50 Latin Albums. Their crossover album, "How We Roll", an all-English language album, was released in 1995.[9] At the 8th and 9th Lo Nuestro Awards they received a nomination for Pop Group of the Year.[10][11] The group continued to chart on Billboard until the release of Destiny in 2000. The group released their last studio album, "Destino" in 2001, before the band broke up. On April 5, 2005, during the benefit concert Selena ¡VIVE!, the Barrio Boyzz reunited and sang "Dreaming of You" along with Colombian-American singer Soraya,[12] who died of breast cancer within a year.[13]

Fun fact: In one of their tours, back in the early 1990s M. Garcia refused to take a photo with them, as they haven’t hit big in the Houston area.


  • Fredy Correa (1991–1994)
  • Angel Ramirez (1991–1997)
  • Robert Vargas (1991–1997)
  • David Davila (1991–2001)
  • Hans Giraldo (1994–2001)
  • Louie Marrero (1991–2001)


Studio albums
Compilation albums
  • 10 Super Exitos (1994)
  • 12 Super Exitos (1997)
  • The Best of Barrio Boyzz (2000)
  • Sólo Lo Mejor: 20 Exitos (2002)
  • Latin Classics (2003)
  • Los Romanticos (2007)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Barrio Boyzz biography". Artist direct. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Dana Mayer (1993). "Magic's In The Music And The Music Is In These". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 105 (11): 176. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  3. ^ John Lannert (1994). "Golden Age of Latin Music". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 106 (21): 112. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Donde Quiera Que Estes peak positions on Billboard". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Lannert, John (1995). "Selena a retrospective". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 107 (23): 112. Retrieved 2 June 2011. ,
  6. ^ a b "Latin Music Conference Awards". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. 
  7. ^ a b Celeste Arrargas, Maria (1997). Selena's Secrets: the revealing story behind her tragic death. Fireside Publications. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-684-83135-0. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Una Vez Mas peak positions". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  9. ^ John Lannert (1996). "Latin Music World's Future Stars". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 108 (18): 122. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Univision Announces The Nominees For Spanish-Language Music's Highest Honors: Premio Lo Nuestro A La Musica Latina". PR Newswire. Free Online Library. March 27, 1996. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Premios a Lo Mejor De La Música Latina". El Tiempo (in Spanish). Casa Editorial El Tiempo S.A. April 8, 1997. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Univision's 'Selena ¡Vive!' Breaks Audience Records". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Colombian-American singer Soraya dies of breast cancer at 37". 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2011.