Full Name: Dolores Janney Rivera

Description: Singer-songwriter, actress, television producer, and entrepreneur, USA

Known For: Si Quieres Verme Llorar (1999) – La Misma Gran Señora (2012)

Instruments: Vocals

Music Styles: Latino

Date Born: 2nd July 1969
Location Born: Long Beach, California, United States of America

Web Site:  Official website

Other Links: See below:



Jenni Rivera

Dolores Janney “Jenni” Rivera[4] (July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012) was an American singer, songwriter, actress, television producer, and entrepreneur known for her work within the regional Mexican music genre. In life and death, several media outlets including CNN, Billboard, Fox News, and The New York Times have labeled her as the most important female figure and top selling female artist in the regional Mexican music genre.

Rivera began recording music in 1992. Her recordings often had themes of social issues, infidelity, and relationships. Her tenth studio album, Jenni (2008) became her first No.1 record on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States. In 2010, she appeared in and produced the reality TV show Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C. She also appeared in and produced I Love Jenni starting in 2011 through 2013 and Chiquis ‘n Control in 2012. Her acting debut was in the film Filly Brown, which was released in 2013. Rivera garnered nominations and awards from Latin music’s most prestigious accolades. Over the course of her career she was awarded two Oye! Awards (Mexico’s equivalent to the United States’ Grammy Awards), two Billboard Music Awards, twenty-two Billboard Latin Music Awards, eleven Billboard Mexican Music Awards and eighteen Lo Nuestro Awards. She received four Latin Grammy nominations. She has a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars, and she is one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time, having sold more than 20 million records worldwide, also making her the highest-earning banda singer of all time.

Rivera, along with six others, died in a plane crash near Iturbide, Nuevo León on December 9, 2012. Her death made international headlines for weeks. In December 2014, Mexican authorities closed the investigation on what brought the plane down. Mexican Director of Civil Aviation, Gilberto Gómez Meyer, stated that the results of the plane crash have came back to be inconclusive and that they are unable to determine the exact cause of the crash. Lawsuits involving the owners of the plane, Rivera’s estate, and family members of those on board with Rivera have been filed in state and federal courts.

An American singer-songwriter, actress, television producer, and entrepreneur of Mexican heritage,known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres.

She began recording in 1992, and her recordings often have themes of social issues, infidelity, and relationships. Her tenth studio album, Jenni (2008), became her first number-one album in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States.

In 2010, she appeared in and produced the reality TV show Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C. She also appeared in and produced I Love Jenni starting in 2011 and Chiquis ‘n Control in 2012.

Her acting debut was in the film Filly Brown, scheduled to be released in 2013.

Rivera, along with six others, died in a plane crash near Iturbide, Nuevo León, México, on December 9, 2012.

Rivera, a Mexican American, was born in Long Beach, California to parents Pedro Rivera and Rosa Saavedra, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico. Her parents raised Rivera and her four brothers and sister in a tight-knit musical household, and her brother, Lupillo, is also a regional Mexican musician.

Rivera spoke both English and Spanish fluently. Her family introduced her to traditional Mexican music, including the genres of banda, norteño, and ranchera. Her father was a bartender and businessman who created the record label Cintas Acuario in 1987, which launched the career of Mexican singer/songwriter Chalino Sánchez.

Rivera earned straight As through her sophomore year in high school. During her sophomore year at age fifteen, she became pregnant with the first of her five children.[9] Rivera sold CDs at flea markets to support herself and her child, Janney “Chiquis” Marin Rivera.

She continued her education while pregnant and after the birth of her child, earning her GED at a continuation school and graduating as class valedictorian.

Speaking of her experiences as a teenage mother in 2003, Rivera explained, “Usually, when a young girl is pregnant, she drops out of school and concentrates on being a mother. I thought that’s what I had to do, but my counselors told me there was no way they would let me drop out. I had too much promise.”

She later earned a college degree in business administration in 1991.

Rivera made her first recording in 1994 as a birthday present to her father. She then made more recordings and signed to Capitol/EMI’s Latin division after receiving significant airplay on Southern California radio stations.

Her first album, Chacalosa (slang for “party girl”), was released in 1995, and sold over one million copies. She then released the albums We are Rivera and Farewell to Selena independently, the latter a tribute album to Tejano music singer Selena who was murdered in 1995.

She signed to Sony Music in the late 1990s and Fonovisa Records in 1999; in the same year, Rivera released her first album with Fonovisa, titled Que Me Entierren con la Banda, featuring the hit “Las Malandinas”.

In 2001, she released the records Dejate Amar and Se las Voy a Dar a Otro. Her 2003 release Homenaje a las Grandes (in English “Homage to the Great Ones”) was a tribute album to female Mexican singers including Lucho Villa, Mercedes Castro, Rocío Dúrcal, Lola Beltrán, and Alejandra Guzmán.

She attained more substantial success with the record Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida, released in 2005, which peaked at number ten on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

Rivera sold over 15 million albums worldwide and was nominated at the 2003, 2008 and 2010 Latin Grammys. She was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

She started many companies, including Divina Realty, Divina Cosmetics, Jenni Rivera Fragrance, Jenni Jeans, Divine Music and The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation. Jenni Rivera became the first female banda artist to sell out a concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California, and became the first artist to sell out two back-to-back nights at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on August 6 and 7, 2010.

Rivera was a producer on the Mun2 reality TV show Chiquis & Raq-C, featuring her oldest daughter Janney Marin. She then appeared in the spin-off show I Love Jenni. Rivera worked as coach in the second season of the Mexican talent show La Voz… México, based upon The Voice franchise.

Rivera’s musical style was classified as banda, a form of traditional regional Mexican music popular in Mexico and areas of the Southwestern United States.

However, according to Leila Cobo of Billboard, her music contained a “contemporary, outspoken flair”. She was significant as one of the few female artists in the often male-dominated genre.

She sung in both Spanish and English and often addressed personal themes such as her struggles with domestic violence, divorce, and her weight. Rivera described speaking openly with her fans about her personal issues as a “primary part” of her career.

Discussing her unconventional approach and her single “Las Malandrinas”, Rivera explained, “It was the late 1990s and the early 2000s and the female singers were singing ballads and romantic fare. So I figured, I’m not typical at all in any way, so I’m going to do what the guys do but in a different voice.”

Rivera had three children with her first husband, José Trinidad Marín: Janney “Chiquis” Marín Rivera (born 1985), Jacqueline Marín Rivera (born 1989), and Michael Marín Rivera (born 1991). The couple divorced in 1992.

In 2006, Marín was convicted of molesting Rivera’s daughter Chiquis and a sister-in-law Rosie; Marín had been a fugitive since the case was opened in 1997. After divorcing Marín, Rivera married Juan López in 1997 and had two children with him: Jenicka López Rivera (born 1997), and Johnny López Rivera (born 2001).

They divorced in 2003, and López died in 2009. Rivera married baseball player Esteban Loaiza in 2010. They filed for divorce in 2012.

Rivera was arrested on May 18, 2009 by customs authorities at the international airport in Mexico City. She failed to declare $52,467 cash in her purse. Rivera later paid a fine of $8,400 and was released.

On August 6, 2010, Rivera was named spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A proclamation was given “officially naming” August 6 “Jenni Rivera Day” by the Los Angeles City Council for all her charity work and involvement in the community.

Rivera was a Christian and her brother, Pedro Rivera Jr., is the pastor of the Primer Amor Church in Whittier, California. She stated that she desired to be a dedicated Christian.

At approximately 3:25 a.m. CST on December 9, 2012, a U.S. registered private Learjet 25 N345MC (manufactured in 1969) carrying two pilots and five passengers, including Rivera, lost contact with air traffic control near Iturbide, Nuevo León, Mexico. The plane had taken off from General Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Monterrey about 10 minutes earlier and was en route to Toluca for an appearance by Rivera on La Voz … México.

All on board were presumed dead by Mexican authorities when the wreckage was found later that day with no apparent survivors. Jenni Rivera’s father Pedro Rivera confirmed in a Telemundo interview that his daughter had died in the crash. Univision has reported that the plane had been involved in a 2005 fuel system incident.


Studio albums

Si Quieres Verme Llorar (1999)
Reyna de Reynas (1999)
Que Me Entierren Con la Banda (2000)
Déjate Amar (2001)
Se las Voy a Dar a Otro (2001)
Homenaje a Las Grandes (2003)
Simplemente La Mejor (2004)
Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida (2005)
En Vivo Desde Hollywood (2006)
Besos y Copas Desde Hollywood (2006)
Mi Vida Loca (2007)
La Diva En Vivo (2007)
Jenni (2008)
Jenni: Super Deluxe (2009)
La Gran Señora (2009)
La Gran Señora En Vivo (2010)
Joyas Prestadas (Banda) (2011)
Joyas Prestadas (Pop) (2011)
La Misma Gran Señora (2012)