Singer, Composer, Musician, Actor
Ruben is an excellent and experienced singer with a special gift for composition, improvisation and acting. His traditional mentality toward salsa music makes him a well-liked and respected singer. His style is inclined towards the romantic style, but his music has a spicy rhythm that takes you to the dance floor. There is great interest and respect for his music since Ruben is romantic, intelligent, disciplined and respectful, as it is evidenced in his compositions of “Realidad” production recorded in 2007.
Ruben’s charisma and commanding stage presence, along with his musical experience has taken him to recording studios and television. He has recorded singing for programs such as “That’s So Raven” for Disney, and integrated into the acting field of entertainment as a supporting actor for a “Pantene Commercial” and actor for the CBS Series “Cane”.
Born in Chicago of Puerto Rican parents, and raised in the enchanting island of Puerto Rico, Ruben grew up listening to salsa and boleros. This helped him develop the ability to master both genres. Early influences in his life were Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Rivera, Pellín Rodriguez, Andy Montanez and some of the Tríos like Vegabajeño, Los Condes, Trío San Juan (Julito Rodríguez), and Felipe Rodriguez (The Voice).
In 1978, at the age of 14 Ruben joined “Encuentro”, group that later became known as “Los Chicos” in Puerto Rico. For Ruben, being part of Encuentro inspired the natural musicality of his Puerto Rican blood. At the age of 18, and with his passion for music, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue and focus on his musical career. In Los Angeles, Ruben has performed and recorded with outstanding bands such as Latin Fusion, Orquesta Tabaco y Ron, Walter Segundo, Costa Azul, The Susie Hansen Band, Ritmo Caliente, Son y Clave, Lucky 7, and many more.
During his musical career, Ruben has had the opportunity to write his own songs, which have been recorded by Orquesta Tabaco y Ron and the Susie Hansen Band.
Ruben has also performed and shared stage with well-known artists such as Eddie Santiago, Oscar D’Leon, Domingo Quiñonez, Anthony Cruz, Luisito Carrión, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Los Angeles Negros, Wilfrido Vargas, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ommy Cardona, Joe Lopez, Tito Puente Jr., Andy Montañez, and the Spanish Harlem.