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Tony Succar: Bio

Born into a family of talented musicians in Lima, Peru on May 18, 1986, Tony Succar's very DNA must be imbued with cadence and rhythm. The Succar family moved to Miami, Florida when Tony was just two; at the ripe old age of 13, Tony's own music career began. He says, "I was privileged to be brought up in a family of musicians: I couldn't be more grateful." Succar's music education began on piano then segued to percussion. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance from Florida International University in 2008 and his Master's degree in 2010.

Succar has worked with artists Arturo Sandoval, Néstor Torres, Ed Calle, Tito Nieves, La India, Obie Bermudez, Jennifer Peña, and Tito Puente Jr., among others. Growing up in Miami-a multi-cultural "Melting Pot"-molded him into a versatile musician, prompting him to make the most of his prodigious talent.

President of his own entertainment company, Mixtura Productions, Tony Succar is well-versed in a number of professional roles: bandleader, percussionist, musician, producer, composer, and arranger. He is currently endorsed by Gon Bops, a top percussion brand, and Sabian, one of the leading cymbal manufactures in the world. Whether in a timbales solo, an orchestration, or an explosive groove, Succar's sound is gripping and distinctive and accommodates the energies and interests of musicians and dancers. Notably, at every performance, Tony focuses on the integrity of his music.

Succar's compositions emphasize combinations of syncopation, harmonic curiosity, rhythmic uniformity, and tasteful melodies. With his unique arrangements and personal charisma, Succar breaks the mold to create enticing masterpieces for all. Tony's debut album (CD/DVD) "Live at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center" is a prime example. The album received excellent reviews from mainstream media, including this one: "An exciting fusion of South America, Cuba, Jazz and South Beach flavor from an up-and-coming artist who will almost certainly be heard from more in the future." – Jazz Chicago Reviews.

Assembling an exceptional production team and featured artists, Tony Succar has created The UNITY Project, a unique endeavor aimed at the minds, ears and hearts of a global audience. Pop legend Michael Jackson's music and life philosophies heavily influenced Tony as a youngster and teenager, truly igniting his musical ideas and passion. The UNITY Project is the result: an innovative sound that interconnects elements of American Pop, Jazz, Tropical, and World Music with the enduring foundations of the King of Pop. The UNITY album will explode beyond mainstream media to appeal indefinitely to markets around the world.

Unity features more than 100 musicians, such Latin superstars as Tito Nieves, Jon Secada, and India, and the mixing magic of Jackson's legendary engineer Bruce Swedien.

The mission of the UNITY Project is to honor the legacy of Michael Jackson, King of Pop, by remaining true to his artistic essence, excellence, and music. The UNITY Project seeks to unify all human beings' hearts, talents, peoples and cultures to ensure that the imaginary barriers between people and countries shrink until-just as Michael Jackson envisioned-we all live harmoniously together.

Tony Succar

Unity - The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson

Universal Classics

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1 I Want You Back (featuring Tito Nieves)
2 Billie Jean (featuring Jean Rodriguez)
3 Man in the Mirror (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
4 Sera Que No Me Amas (featuring Michael Stuart)
5 Earth Song (featuring India)
6 Human Nature (featuring Jon Secada)
7 Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (featuring Obie Bermudez & Jennifer Pena
8 Black or White (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
9 Smooth Criminal (featuring Jean Rodriguez)
10 They Don't Care About Us (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
11 Thriller (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
12 You Are Not Alone (featuring Tito Nieves and Tito Nieves Jr.)
A Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson Tony Succar
Interview with KPFK's Armando Nila

Fueled by his relentless commitment, quiet determination and passionate faith in the loving message behind much of Michael Jackson's music, producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar has thoughtfully created Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson. The result is Jackson's timeless pop and R&B tunes, such as "Thriller," "Billie Jean," and "I Want You Back" married with glorious salsa and tropical rhythms, resulting in innovative, vibrant arrangements that snap to life with exhilarating energy. Unity will be released April 14 on Universal Music Classics in collaboration with Universal Music Latin Entertainment. 

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