Anthony Santos (born July 21, 1981), known professionally as Romeo Santos, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and former lead vocalist of the American bachata band Aventura. In 2002, the song "Obsesión" reached number one in Italy for 16 consecutive weeks. After releasing several albums with Aventura, the group went its separate ways. Since then, Romeo has embarked on a solo career which in six years has spawned seven number one songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart and ten number ones on the Tropical Songs chart.
Santos was born in 1981 in The Bronx, New York City, to a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother. He had a humble upbringing, with his father working in construction and his mother staying at home to take care of the family.
In the early 1990s, Santos founded with his three cousins Henry, Max and Lenny a group called "Los Tinellers" ("The Teenagers" written phonetically in a Dominican pronunciation). The group released an album called Trampa de Amor, and by the end of the decade, they changed the name of the band to Aventura.