Dominican native and merengue superstar Juan Luis Guerra is known as a musician of the people. A study of the National Conservatory in his homeland, and of jazz and composition at Berklee College of Music , he remains one of the most beloved artists throughout the Latino world. Alongside his band, 4:40, Guerra rose to fame in 1989 with the album ?Ojal? Que Llueva Caf?,? which became a hit in many Latin American countries. The following year, ?Bachata Rosa,? earned Guerra his first Grammy award and sustained his tour through Latin America, the United States and Europe. It contained songs such as ?Burbujas de Amor? (Bubbles of Love) and ?Como Abeja al Panal? (Like a Bee to Honeycomb).? Controversy was triggered in 1992 with the release of ?Are?to.? It featured the hit single ?El costo de la vida (The Cost of Living),? which many believed featured an anti-capitalist message, though it went on to become Guerra?s first No. 1 hit in the Hot Latin Tracks. Other songs also decried the poor living conditions in many Latin American countries, and Guerra was credited with helping to improve things in his homeland. In 2007 Guerra released his 10th studio album, ?La Llave de mi Corazon,? which he considers the most romantic of his entire career. On the project he integrates English lyrics with songs like ?Something Good,? a duet with Italian vocalist Chiara Chivello,? and ?Medicine for my Soul,? an English version of the title track. Guerra has been the recipient of countless awards, including 9 Latin Grammys, 2 (American) Grammys, 10 Billboard Awards and 4 Latin Billboard Awards. Billboard also recognized him for his social and philanthropic efforts with the Spirit of Hope Award, and in 2009 he received an honorary doctorate from Berklee.