José Álvaro Osorio Balvin (born May 7, 1985), known artistically as J Balvin, is a Colombian reggaeton singer. Balvin was born in Medellín, the largest city of Antioquia and Colombia’s second largest populated city, where he became interested in hip hop, dancehall, champeta and bachata at a young age. He is known for his songs “Yo te lo dije”, “Tranquila”, “Ay vamos”, “6 AM” – featuring Farruko – and “Ginza”.
Shortly after, J. Balvin released his second track in the US, “Ay Vamos”, which solidified his mark in the Latin Urban market. This was a bonus track on the deluxe edition of J. Balvin’s album “La Familia B Sides”. The music video is one of the most watched Latin videos of all time at over 600 Million views. The song went to #1 on the Billboard Latin Songs chart in 2015.
The remix featuring Nicky Jam and French Montana was used in the soundtrack to the hit #1 film Furious 7. J. Balvin performed the track at the 2015 Premios Lo Nuestro and the Billboard Latin Music Awards. J. Balvin has been featured on remixes of “The Way” and “Problem” by Ariana Grande, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Maps” by Maroon 5, and “Stuck on a Feeling” by Prince Royce. J Balvin was the first Colombian artist to record with “The Prince of Bachata” and establishing itself as an international artist.