Víctor Manuelle is a successful Latin Grammy nominated Puerto Rican American salsa singer, songwriter and improvisational sonero, known to his fans as El Sonero de la Juventud ("The Youth's Sonero"). He is identified primarily with salsa romantica or "salsa monga", but has also experimented with styles ranging from Colombian vallenato to urban reggaeton.
Manuelle has become one of the best-selling salsa performers of recent years, with his albums selling over one million units in the United States. Three studio albums, 1999's “Inconfundible” (“Unmistakable”), 2001's “Instinto Y Deseo” (“Instinct and Desire”) and 2004's “Travesía” (“Crossover”), entered the Billboard 200 Albums chart, with the latter two reaching #1 on the Latin Albums chart. While several of his singles have made the Top 10 of the Latin charts, he had to wait for 2004's “Tengo Ganas” (“I'm in the Mood”) to score a #1 Billboard Latin hit.
Manuelle released his 10th studio album, “Decisión Unánime” (“Unanimous Decision”), in May 2006. Six months earlier, in November 2005, he and his mentor, Gilberto Santa Rosa, released a joint live album, “Dos Soneros, Una Historia” (“Two Soneros, One History”), recorded at Coliseo Roberto Clemente outside San Juan, Puerto Rico. Manuelle's own live album, “Víctor Manuelle En Vivo: Desde El Carnegie Hall,” came out in early 2005.
Manuelle's first foray into movie acting was his cameo role (mostly singing) as salsa legend Rubén Blades in “El Cantante,” the 2007 film biography of Héctor Lavoe, starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. In June 2008, Manuelle released the album “Soy” (“I Am”). In November 2009 he released “Yo Mismo” (I’m Sorry”).