Ivy Queen [1972- ]
Martha Ivelisse Pesante was born in Puerto Rico, but raised in New York. At the age of 18 she returned to the island and immersed herself in the underground music scene.
Taking the stage name Ivy Queen, she recorded her first album, En mi Imperio for Sony International in 1997, mixing the styles of Jamaican dance hall and New York hip-hop with the new rhythm of reggaetón. Since then she has recorded half a dozen more CDs and become the biggest female star of reggaetón.
A socially conscious artist with supermodel looks, Ivy Queen holds her own with a cool elegance and speaks back to male chauvinism in songs like Que Lloren (2007) that show a woman’s view of romance.