Dolores Janney Rivera (July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012), better known as Jenni Rivera, was an American singer-songwriter, actress, television producer, and entrepreneur of Mexican heritage,[3] 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.[3]

Rivera, along with six others, died in a plane crash near Iturbide, Nuevo León, México, on December 9, 2012.[2][4]

Early life

Rivera, a Mexican American, was born in Long Beach, California to Pedro Rivera and Rosa Saavedra, who were illegal immigrants from Mexico.[5][6] 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.[7] Rivera spoke both English and Spanish fluently.[6] Her family introduced her to traditional Mexican music, including the genres of banda, norteño, and ranchera.[6] 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.[8]

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.[8][10] 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.[9] 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."[8] She later earned a college degree in business administration in 1991.[8]


Rivera made her first recording in 1994 as a birthday present to her father.[8] She then made more recordings and signed to Capitol/EMI's Latin division after receiving significant airplay on Southern California radio stations.[6][8] Her first album, Chacalosa (slang for "party girl"), was released in 1995, and sold over one million copies.[6][11] 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.[4][12] 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".[6] In 2001, she released the records Dejate Amar and Se las Voy a Dar a Otro.[6] 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.[6] 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.[12][13]

Rivera sold over 15 million albums worldwide[14] and was nominated at the 2003, 2008 and 2010 Latin Grammys. She was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.[15] 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.[citation needed]

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,[16] based upon The Voice franchise.

Musical style

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.[17][13] However, according to Leila Cobo of Billboard, her music contained a "contemporary, outspoken flair".[13] She was significant as one of the few female artists in the often male-dominated genre.[6] She sung in both Spanish and English and often addressed personal themes such as her struggles with domestic violence, divorce, and her weight.[17] Rivera described speaking openly with her fans about her personal issues as a "primary part" of her career.[18] 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."[19]

Personal life

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.[20][21] 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.

A sex video of Rivera began circulating in October, 2008.[22]

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.[23][24]

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.[25] She stated that she desired to be a dedicated Christian.[25]


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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] Univision has reported that the plane had been involved in a 2005 fuel system incident.[29]

Rivera was finally buried on December 31, 2012 at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach, California. Her father told Telemundo that her burial was delayed due to legal issues.[30]


Studio albums


List of acting credits in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Filly Brown María Tenorio Acting debut[3]


  1. Alvarez, Alex (2012-12-10). Wreckage From Jenni Rivera's Plane Is Found in Mexico - ABC News. Retrieved on 2012-12-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press (December 9, 2012). Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer, killed in plane crash in northern Mexico; she was 43 years old. New York Daily News.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Romero, Angie. Was Jenni Rivera's Feature Film Debut Oscar-Worthy?. ABC News. Retrieved on 14 December 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jenni Rivera, Latin music star, dies in plane crash. 'BBC News'. British Broadcasting Corporation (December 10, 2012). Retrieved on December 10, 2012.
  5. Fridmann, Mandy (December 10, 2012). "Jenni Rivera: Mexican-American Singer's Tragic End Echoes Life Of Hardship On Journey To Stardom". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Henderson, Alex. Jenni Rivera - Biography. 'Allmusic'. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved on December 14, 2012.
  7. James, Meg (December 9, 2012). "Jenni Rivera, Mexican American music star, feared dead in plane crash". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company).,0,7164923.story. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 James, Meg and Villarreal, Yvonne (December 11, 2012). "Jenni Rivera was poised for multicultural stardom". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company).,0,2837537.story. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Romero, Angie (December 10, 2012). "Opinion: Why Jenni Rivera's Death Will Be Bigger Than Selena's". ABC News (American Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  10. Rodriguez, Cindy Y. (December 11, 2012). "Jenni Rivera is mourned, but still inspires". CNN. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  11. Montgomery, James (December 10, 2012). Jenni Rivera Dies In Plane Crash At Age 43. 'MTV News'. Viacom. Retrieved on December 14, 2012.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Jenni Rivera, Mexican music star, dies in plane crash". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). December 10, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Cobo, Leila (June 17, 2006). Rivera Delivers 'Cool Factor' to Regional Mexican. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved on December 23, 2012.
  14. Lucero Amador-Miranda (September 3, 2012). Jenni Rivera está más que satisfecha con el nuevo rumbo de su vida (Spanish). El Diario La Prensa. ImpreMedia. Retrieved on December 9, 2012.
  15. "Singer Jenni Rivera honored with Las Vegas star". Associated Press. July 4, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  16. Se va Jenni Rivera en el esplendor de su carrera (Spanish). El Informador. Unión Editorialista (December 9, 2012). Retrieved on December 9, 2012.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Vives, Ruben and Flores, Adolfo (December 19, 2012). "Family, fans say goodbye to Jenni Rivera". Los Angeles Times (Eddy Hartenstein). Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  18. Yehuda, Ayala-Ben. Billboard Q & A: Jenni Rivera. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  19. Cobo, Leila (October 10, 2009). All in the Family. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved on December 23, 2012.
  20. Ocana, Damarys (August 19, 2011). 10 Latinas who know drama. Latina.
  21. Associated Press (June 22, 2007). Jenni Rivera's ex gets 31 years for Long Beach molestations. North County Times
  22. Le roban vídeo xxx a Jenni Rivera. People en Español (October 3, 2008). Retrieved on January 3, 2013.
  23. "Singer Jenny Rivera Arrested at Mexico City Airport". Latin American Herald Tribune. 
  24. "Detienen a Jenni Rivera en el aeropuerto del DF". El Universal. May 18, 2009. 
  25. 25.0 25.1 Amador-Miranda, Lucero. Jenni Rivera está más que satisfecha con el nuevo rumbo de su vida. La Opinión. Retrieved on 15 December 2012.
  26. "Plane of missing singer likely found in Mexico". Cable News Network. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  27. Regional Mexican Star Jenni Rivera Dies in Plane Crash ABC News.
  28. Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera dies at 43 in plane crash (English). NBC News. NBC News and news services (December 9, 2012). Retrieved on December 9, 2012.
  29. Alvarez, Alex. Jenni Rivera's Plane Was in Previous Accident. ABC Univision. Retrieved on December 11, 2012.
  30. Jenni Rivera fue finalmente sepultada en Long Beach. People en Español (December 31, 2012). Retrieved on January 3, 2013.

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