Juan Carlos Cabrera (JC) was born on November 24,1976 in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He is the youngest of 3 brothers and the only one in the family that decided to pursue music as a career.
JC’s passion for music came at a very early age, he was inspired by the sounds that came from next door where a bar played the music that made him wonder and fall in love with.
The Cabrera family moved to New York in 1982 with dreams of a better future. In no time JC was consumed by the different cultures and the ability to discover and develop his curiosity for different types of music.
JC was also inspired early in life by his older brother's talent to write poems from witch he would learn to write songs. "I remember I would practice my singing in the bathroom after school and my parents would get mad. That was my music school - my walkman with music from all different artist from Stevie Wonder to Luis Miguel, I will sing along with these wonderful performers for many hours on my head phones ". Eventually he built enough confidence on his voice and started a rock band with a few friends from school, they named it " Hearts Of Fire". JC would write all the music and he would record it on a 4-track , he was determined to become a successful singer-songwriter and maybe a good producer and engineer.
A couple of years later, JC performed in local clubs and restaurants, crossing over to a salsa band called Willie Santana y La Invacion Latina. His time with the band served as a proving ground where JC was able to grow as one of the lead performers. He then played with local merengue acts and was even influenced by the reggaeton movement in early 2000 when he joined a friend and formed a reggaeton duo "JC & Capu". In 2005, JC got interested in singing bachata and performed as a back-up singer for the group Optimo and traveled the states for a couple of months.
All the while JC was developing a knack for recording his own music on portable multi-tracks and soon built his own studio in the Bronx with the help of his older brother. "Thats where things really started happening for me, I met a musician that played for Aventura and he introduced me as an engineer to Mickey and Lenny ( Aventura's bass and lead guitar players) ". JC developed a great friendship with Lenny Santos and soon after they started working together.
In 2007, the popular reggaeton artist Don Omar came to Lenny Santos recording studio to record his first bachata “Cancion de Amor” which JC co-produced and got the opportunity to record back-up vocals. JC took the opportunity one day and showed Don Omar some songs that he had written and produced. Don Omar was so impressed that he immediately proposed JC to start a band with Joey and Billy- two brothers that JC had written and produced at the time. JC saw his calling and didn't hesitate to take the offer. Don Omar called the group Marcy Place named after the street where the studio is located in the Bronx. JC also got the opportunity to travel with Don Omar's band singing back-up vocals. He got to travel many countries with Don Omar's band such as Bolivia, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador among others. JC learned a great deal from the king of reggaeton himself.
After a year of recording and with Don Omar as the Godfather, Marcy Place released their first album called "B From Marcy Place" in 2008. Focusing primarily on bachata, the goal was to introduce a unique urban sound, which JC was successful in achieving. JC produced and engineered the whole album, he also mixed all the songs except for one. JC got the opportunity to work with great urban artist like Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel, Divino, Jayko, Jadiel and Rell. He also wrote 7 out of the 10 songs featured on this album, including Marcy Place's big hit " Todo Lo Que Soy". The song hit for more than 40 weeks on the charts and reached #2 on the Tropical Billboard charts. A year later " Todo Lo Que Soy "was nominated for Tropical Song Of The Year Duo or Group by the Latin Billboards. Marcy Place was going up against big artist like Aventura, Wisin & Yandel, and Los Adolesentes with less than a year out. They didn't win the award but gained respect as one of the best up and coming bachata bands. " I am very grateful to Don Omar for giving me this wonderful opportunity to expose my talent in the latin music world".
JC also produced songs such as Don Omar’s Diva Virtual merengue version, and Hector Acosta ‘El Torito’ song "Maldito E-mail" witch featured Marcy Place and Don Omar as well.
In a matter of less then 2 years with JC's lead Marcy Place got nominated for Billboard, Mtv3 and a Premio Lo Nuestro award.
Currently JC is developing " The New Beginning" ( tittle of his first solo album ) this is his new motto on the way he looks at his life and career in the present, a fresh start into what will become his mark on the latin music industry. JC is also currently about to make his debut as an actor in a film witch he will be starring and producing the soundtrack in 2010.
This multi-talented young Latino is on the rise and will not fall short on becoming a star. He goes by the initials of J.C. and he runs on pure passion.