Tropical Music Legend Gilberto Santa Rosa to Perform at CHCI’s 34th Annual Awards Gala

Billboard Magazine’s Tropical Artist of the Decade and GRAMMY-award winning Gilberto Santa Rosa will take center stage to perform an amazing tribute to Latin music legends during CHCI’s 2nd Annual Post-Gala Concert on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.  The post-gala concert is the culmination of CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events as part of its 34th Annual Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention in Washington, D.C.

CHCI’s 34th Annual Awards Gala also features Latin music stars Prince Royce and Luis Miguel to provide an evening of dynamic entertainment.  Renowned singer and philanthropist Vikki Carr and former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez will receive CHCI’s 2011 Medallions of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service while CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez will present the 2011 Chair’s Award to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.  Univision television anchor Teresa Rodriguez is the celebrity host.

As a boy, Puerto Rican recording artist Gilberto Santa Rosa was strongly influenced by 1960s salsa music, which awakened his lifelong passion for music.  He recorded his first album at 14, and has since gone on to have more than 20 albums and 14 number one hits on Billboard’s Latin Tropical Airplay charts.

In the mid-1980s, his career flourished and a radio announcer nicknamed him “El Caballero de la Salsa” (Gentleman of Salsa).  In the 1990s, he joined the Sony label and earned 13 gold albums, 13 platinum albums, and three multi-platinum distinctions.

The industry’s appreciation of his incredible talent continues as evidenced by several awards and accolades.  Gilberto Santa Rosa won Latin GRAMMY® awards in 2006 and 2009, and in 2007, he won a GRAMMY® award for best tropical production.  Also in 2009, he received five nominations for Premio lo Nuestro, making him the most nominated artist that year.  He has been nominated for three prestigious awards in 2011 as well.

With a fan base that stretches from Spain to Chile, Gilberto Santa Rosa’s latest album, “Irrepetible” (Unrepeatable) is aptly named—his remarkable career is certainly hard to replicate.

CHCI Gala attendees are in for an “Irrepetible” experience on September 14 when the “Gentleman of Salsa” Gilberto Santa Rosa entertains the audience with his extraordinary tribute to Latin music legends including Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.

Each year, the CHCI Annual Awards Gala is the hallmark event that launches Hispanic Heritage Month in Washington, D.C., and serves as the unifying event for the Hispanic-American community.  Proceeds of the Gala benefit CHCI’s award-winning leadership development programs.

For CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month media credentials, please visit, www.chci.org.