Jenni Rivera: The Incredible Story of a Warrior Butterfly

Jenni Rivera: The Incredible Story of a Warrior Butterfly

Leila Cobo

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0147510538

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Jenni Rivera: The Incredible Life of a Warrior Butterfly:

  • Full color photos
  • The complete discography of Jenni Rivera
  • Billboard lists of sales rankings of Jenni's songs
  • Exclusive interviews 
  • A complete, entertaining, and objective biography
  • Written by one of the country’s leading experts in Latin music

Jenni Rivera was the top-selling artist within the Regional Mexican music genre. With a weekly radio show, her own reality show, a makeup and clothing line, and her own foundation, she was at the height of her career and life. Everything she had conquered, with blood, sweat, tears, and smiles, hap¬pened, as she said, with God leading her by the hand. However her life, her dreams, and the joy she shared with so many came to a tragic end just before dawn on December 9, 2012.

In Jenni Rivera: The Incredible Story of a Warrior Butterfly, Leila Cobo—pianist, TV host, and Executive Director for Latino content and programming at Billboard—brings us Jenni Rivera’s intimate and moving biography, reflecting on the party girl, the elegant woman, the great diva, the friend, the mother, and the grandmother. Discover the humble beginnings of Jenni’s life and career, as well as the emotional and sometimes turbulent moments that defined her persona and spirit. Like a candle blown out before her time, we not only lost the “Unforgettable One,” the “Queen of Queens,” the “Warrior Butterfly,” we also lost a brave woman who fearlessly faced life’s ups and downs to attain the happiness she so fervently wanted for herself and her family. With Jenni’s departure, we celebrate a shining legacy that will forever reverberate within every note of her voice.

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them for work, which is so hard, but I love what I do, for what our generous audience gives back to us.” That September, Jenni attended her first Latin Grammys at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, wearing a low-cut black gown with a red floral pattern, and a sexy slit up one leg. The night before she had gone to the Person of the Year dinner in honor of Vicente Fernandez, and also wore another extremely low-cut black dress. She looked absolutely radiant, and for good reason. Even though she was

you’re ratings. Whatever you say, whatever you do, your name is ratings. […] As the human being I am it can be exhausting, but I don’t complain. It’s part of what I decided to be, and I have to put up with it.” More than anything else, perhaps the most important thing Jenni Rivera had was intelligence. And at some point, it occurred to her she could make something out of this rush of interest. “When I saw how my life was intriguing to people watching television, I thought I’m going to use my

panel wearing a tight but tasteful black wool skirt, with a black silk blouse. She wore her hair back and looked youthful, slender, beautiful, and exceedingly professional. Jenni knew perfectly well how to play the role of “Diva” on stage, and the role of the serious career woman fully in control of her businesses off stage. In her interviews, Jenni always talked about her music, and her businesses with the same proprietary sense. In contrast with many other artists who preferred to keep their

because at the time it was so rare to hear a female singer leading a mariachi band (and it still is). Recording with a mariachi band presented a serious vocal challenge. Jenni had to take her voice to a new level. When we spoke about La Gran Señora on Estudio Billboard in 2010, Jenni sang songs live in the studio, accompanied by her guitarist. She was magnificent; even in that very intimate, acoustic setting, her voice was powerful and perfectly in tune, with that touch of bravura that mariachi

know people in the business—promoters, artists and record label executives—who could open doors. Pedro didn’t come from a musical family, and no one close to him sang when he was growing up. His father was in the military, and was sometimes away from home for months at a time. And they were poor. In an interview with La Opinion in 2002, Pedro recalled that his grandfather in Jalisco would say, “We’re of the goats at the back of the herd.” He meant that “when we tended those animals, the

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