José Manuel Figueroa Sr. better known as Joan Sebastian is a popular Mexican multi Grammy award winning singer and songwriter. He has composed hundreds of songs and been a regular staple on the top-40 charts in Mexico since his career began in 1977. His music is a mixture of Latin pop, ranchera and grupera music. His success is not only found in music but also in his short acting career when he became the main protagonist of a Mexican soap opera. In 1996 he made his acting debut in the Mexican soap opera Tú y Yo sharing credits with Maribel Guardia the soap opera became an instant televised hit. He has won seven Latin Grammy Awards and four Grammy Awards.