|Born||December 10, 1959|
Ralphi Rosario is a founding member of the influential Chicago DJ group Hot Mix 5. When this group formed in 1981 on radio station WBMX (now WVAZ), Rosario, the youngest member of the group, was still in high school. The Hot Mix 5 went on to become one of the leading forces in the early Chicago house music scene.
Like other members of the group, Rosario eventually branched out into music production and remixing. His first release, made in collaboration with Vince Lawrence, was "Sample That!" in 1986 under the name Bang Orchestra. In 1987, his collaboration with Xaviera Gold, "You Used to Hold Me", became a big hit for Rosario that was subsequently remixed and re-released several times.
Rosario continues to work as a DJ and remixer and has released several full-length albums. He has remixed tracks by artists including INXS, the Shamen, Jomanda, Culture Beat, Gloria Estefan, Deee-Lite, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Giorgio Moroder, Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Pussycat Dolls, GoldFrapp, Rihanna, Taio Cruz, Katy Perry, and Beyoncé. On December 1, 2011, it was announced that Rosario, with producing partner Abel Aguilera, received a 2012 Grammy nomination for the Rosabel Club Mix of the Rihanna track "Only Girl (In the World)".
In 2016, his collaboration with Abel Aguilera under their Rosabel alias, gave Rosario another Billboard Dance Chart #1 single with "Livin' for Your Love (Your Love)" (Carrillo Music). This is his sixth #1 single with Aguilera under Rosabel and features the vocals of singer Jeanie Tracy.
In December 2016, Rosario notched his second solo Billboard Dance Chart #1 single for "Button Pusha" which features the vocals of Aneeta Beat. "Button Pusha" is the third charting hit from Rosario's 2 Sides to the Story album. The others charting singles include "La Jungla" featuring Julissa Veloz. and "F*ck Your Boyfriend" featuring Francesca Catalano
In May 2017, his latest collaboration with Abel Aguilera under their Rosabel alias, garnered Rosario another Billboard Dance Chart #1 single with "Anthem of House". This is his seventh #1 single with Aguilera under Rosabel and features the vocals of singer Terri Bjerre.