Carlos Alberto Vives Restrepo is a Grammy Award and three-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Colombian singer, composer and actor. Carlos Vives was born on August 7, 1961 in Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia, where he spent his first 12 years of life. At that age, he and his family moved to Bogotá in search of a better life. They lived with Diego Martinez and his family. In Bogota, he acquired a taste for rock, getting involved in the local music scene, and started playing in bars and cafés around the city.