Today in 1969 Jenni Rivera was born in Long Beach, California as Dolores Janney Rivera Saavedra. Musical talent was in the blood of Rivera who comes from a family steeped in Mexican banda and ranchera music. Her father created a Mexican music record label that launched several notable careers including Rivera and her brother Lupillo.
Rivera often sang and spoke of her hard and tumble life full of bad choices, worse men and hope always for a better life. After working at her father’s record label company she was quickly signed by Capital EMI and recorded her first song in 1992. She garnered loyal fans quickly but it wasn’t until her tenth studio album Jenni in 2008 that she reached the No.1 spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and with it came international stardom.
The savvy businesswoman expanded her reach with product launches and fashion allowing her in to star and produce several TV reality shows: Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C, I Love Jenni, Chiquis ‘n Control. The multi-talented star made her acting debut in Filly Brown which received critical acclaim. Sadly, the movie premiered shortly after her sudden and tragic death.
Rivera died on December 9, 2012 in an air plane crash in Nuevo Leon, Mexico enroute to a performance on La Voz Mexico. The accident took the life of the superstar, four of her staff and the two pilots.
She left behind five children and a career that spanned 20-years, selling more than 20 million records, making her to date the highest earning Mexican banda singer of all time. Posthumously she is as famous as when she was alive with her children keeping her memory and talent alive. There has been a TV mini-series, more reality TV shows featuring her kids, an autobiography and of course more music.
Rivera remains in the heart of her many fans that she noted “I am the same as the public as my fans.”
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