Carlos Alberto Vives Restrepo (born 7 August 1961) is a Grammy Award and seven-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Colombian singer, composer and actor. He holds a publicist degree from Jorge Tadeo Lozano's University.
Carlos Vives was born on 7 August 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 Martínez 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.