Commonly referred to as Jenni Rivera, Dolores Janney Rivera Saavedra was an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer, philanthropist, and ambassador. The iconic vocalist was widely recognized for her unique Banda and Ranchera songs and is considered by many media exits as one of the most important figures in the globalization of Mexican music.
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Jenni Rivera’s Bio, Age
On July 2, 1969, Dolores Janney Rivera Saavedra was born in Long Beach, California. She and her five siblings were brought up in a musical environment by her mother Rosa Saavedra and her father Pedro Rivera. Mexican music and the Banda musical style were both introduced to Rivera by her family.
She became pregnant when she was fifteen, but her professors pushed her to keep going since they felt that dropping out would be a terrible waste of her abilities.
Started out working in the real estate sector, she later attended California State University and graduated with a degree in business administration.
Jenni Rivera’s Career
Jenni Rivera began singing at a very young age, but it wasn’t until 1992 Father’s Day that she released her first CD, an composition to her father.
Entering Mexico’s generally male-dominated music scene was challenging for Rivera. She once acknowledged that a Los Angeles-based radio host had thrown her music CD into the garbage can while she was watching.
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known as the “Queen of Tejano music,” was murdered in 1995, and she paid respect to her with the CD “Farewell to Selena,” which she independently published.
She joined Sony Music and, in 1999, both her second studio album, “Reyna de Reynas,” and her big label debut studio album, “Si Quieres Verme Llorar,” were released. Much to Rivera’s disappointment, the albums were not a commercial success.
‘Que Me Entierren Con la Banda,’ her third studio album, was released by Fonovisa Records in March 2000. It included songs like “Las Malandrinas,” a tribute to her loyal female followers who struggle hard. The CD was a huge hit, and Rivera at last secured her position in the business.
Her fifth studio album, “Se las Voy a Dar an Otro,” and her fourth studio album, “Dejate Amar,” were both released in the same year (2001), and both were commercial successes.
In 2005, she published her studio album, “Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida,” which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums list.
The Recording Industry Association of America awarded the record a double-platinum certification (RIAA). It included the well-known song “De Contrabando,” which hit at the top of Billboard’s US Regional Mexican Songs chart.
In 2007, Rivera released her ninth studio album, titled “Mi Vida Loca.” She won a Latin Billboard Music Award for Regional Mexican Album of the Year in 2008 after it reached number one on the Regional Mexican Albums list.
Her ninth studio album, “Jenni,” which she released in 2008, brought her the most popularity. She won a number of prizes for the album, which also became one of her greatest financial successes. She won a second Lo Nuestro Award for Banda Artist of the Year as a result of it.
When her studio album “La Gran Seora” was published in 2009, it reached its highest position at No. 2 on the US Billboard Top Latin Albums list. It was a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Ranchero Album.
In addition to hosting TV series including “El Show de Jenni Rivera,” “I Love Jenni,” and “Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C,” Rivera has also participated in a number of television award ceremonies.
She made her acting debut in the drama movie “Filly Brown,” which Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos were responsible for directing. In the movie, which took home the Best Feature Film prize at the 2013 Noor Iranian Film Festival, Rivera played the role of “Maria Tenorio.”
Additionally, “Filly Brown” received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It was published after Rivera’s passing, and a minute of quiet was held in her honor at the 2013 American Latino Media Arts Awards.
Through her song, Rivera not only promoted the rights of hard-working women in society, but she also promoted women’s equality.
In 2010, she was selected to serve as the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s spokesman, and the Los Angeles City Council proclaimed August 6 to be “Jenni Rivera Day.”
Jenni Rivera’s Marital Status
Jenni Rivera got pregnant while still enrolled in school, and at the age of fifteen, she gave birth to their daughter, Janney Marin Rivera. Jacqueline and Michael were the couple’s following offspring. They later got married in 1984.
In addition to the several occasions that Marin attacked Rivera physically and sexually, a following medical check found that their daughter Janney had also been abused by her father.
1992 marked the end of the couple’s marriage. After Rivera ultimately brought a lawsuit against him, her ex-husband filed for nine years before being caught. He was handed a 31-year jail term without the possibility of release after his capture.
After being married to Juan López in 1997, she gave birth to a daughter named Jenicka and a boy named Juan Angel. The couple divorced in 2003.
Esteban Loaiza, a former baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was the love of her third and last marriage. After two years of marriage, they filed for divorce, but Rivera’s death prevented it from being completed.
Jenni Rivera’s Death
On December 8, 2012, Rivera performed in a concert at Monterrey Arena, Mexico, and thereafter she left the location for Monterrey International Airport.
She entered a 43-year-old Learjet 25 with two crew members, four more passengers, and four other passengers. The private aircraft lost contact with the air traffic authorities and was later discovered to have crashed.
Authorities declared her dead, and her father later approved it at a news conference. The Mexican Director of Civil Aviation discontinued the inquiry into the event two years later due to insufficient evidence.