In 1994, he appeared on the US TV soap opera General Hospital, playing a Puerto Rican singer. Following its success, Martin released "Livin' la Vida Loca", which helped him attain enormous success worldwide; it is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion of 1999 and made the transition easier for other Spanish-speaking artists to move into the English-speaking market.
In early 1999, after releasing several albums in Spanish, Martin performed "The Cup of Life" at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards show, which became a catalyst in bringing Latin pop to the forefront of the U. Since its release, the song has sold over 8 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time.
In 1997, Martin was invited to the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival in Sanremo, Italy.
After landing in Milan, Martin's scheduled helicopter trip to Sanremo had to be postponed due to poor weather conditions.
The title track and the ballad "Perdido Sin Tí" both hit number one on the Hot Latin Songs.
Further singles included: "La Bomba", "Por Arriba, Por Abajo" and "Corazonado".
In 1990, Martin was signed to Sony Discos, the Sony Music Entertainment's Latin imprint.His other studio albums include: Me Amarás (1993), A Medio Vivir (1995), Vuelve (1998), Sound Loaded (2000), Almas del Silencio (2003), Life (2005), Música Alma Sexo (2011), and A Quien Quiera Escuchar (2015). His parents divorced when he was two years old, and Martin spent much of his childhood shifting between his father's home in the suburbs of University Gardens, a suburban middle-class neighborhood of San Juan, and his paternal grandmother's house nearby.He began singing at age 6, using wooden kitchen spoons as pretend microphones; he often interpreted songs by Menudo as well as English-language rock groups such as Led Zeppelin, Journey, and REO Speedwagon.However, the record also made a shift from his traditional ballad-style compositions to a more risky fusion of music centered around traditional Latin sounds, epitomized by the song "Maria".Taken aback by the starkly different musical style, record label executives felt that the song would ruin Martin's career.In a 1996 interview with The Miami Herald, Martin expressed an interest in performing on Broadway.