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Santo Dominito, Dominican Republic

Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano, better known as Johnny Ventura (born 8 March 1940 in Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic) is a singer and band leader of merengue. He began his career as a singer when he presented himself with some friends in a program of devotees which was broadcast by La Voz de la Alegria weekly. The young Soriano, only 16 years of age, obtained first place of the participants. A little later, he started appearing in the programs of devotees which were sponsored by La Voz Dominicana. When Ventura Soriano appeared for the first time in the TV show: La TV busca una estrella, that was broadcast Friday night at seven, they rang the bell. In the following week, like a champion, Juan de Dios returned to be welcomed in the same competition. He practiced, worked and was crowned for the hit. Then he won first price. Thereupon he won a lot of prices in the devotees programs, until he was finally rewarded with the much desired scholarship which the broadcasting company, property of José Arismendi Trujillo Molina, gave for young talents. With La Voz Dominicana Juan de Dios studied music, vocal techniques and expression.This made ventura one of the most famous singers in latin America.