As a Salsa and romantic vocalist, Edwin ‘Eddie’ Rivera began pursuing a musical career at the age of 15. He found his first paying “gig” with a band called Evolution and began pursuing a career in music. In 1982 Edwin had the opportunity to work with renowned Puerto Rican guitarist Yomo Toro after he heard me sing at a local club in Bridgeport. Throughout the years, Edwin became a soloist with several of Connecticut's best salsa groups and Latin musicians, including; Orchestra Mikata. He also had the opportunity to team up with his son Edwin Rivera Jr., who is a talented piano player and arranger to record their first album Llegando a La Distancia with Mambo City records.
After receiving a degree in Human Services, Edwin continued to record with various record labels and had songs played on rotation in countries like Spain and Japan. In 1998, Edwin released the song Homeless Man to help the homeless in his community and partnered with Carmen Colon and the YMCA Families in Transition to raise funds for the homeless shelters in Bridgeport, CT. In 2001, Edwin released a song entitled, I Can’t Forget Your Smile that he dedicated to raise funds for the families affected by the September 11 attacks. That experience showed Edwin how powerful music can be to bring people together. In 2008, Edwin experienced a rebirth when he again teamed up with his son to form the Salsa and Latin Rock band, Son7. They continue to perform at local events and throughout the region.
Please listen here to “ I Have a Dream” – a song about helping others and making a difference in the community.