Jenni Rivera impacted, influenced, and inspired an entire generation of regional Mexican music and culture. The singer, songwriter, actress, producer, spokesperson, philanthropist, and businesswoman moved over 20 million records, performed to hundreds of thousands, and uplifted countless lives. She remains both “one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all-time” and “the highest earning Banda singer of all-time.” Among countless accolades during her life and posthumously, she emerged as the “Top Latin Artist of 2013” and “The Best-Selling Latin Artist of 2013,” according to Billboard. Along the way, her incredible journey would be chronicled by everyone from CNN and Fox News to The New York Times.
Born Dolores Janney “Jenni” Rivera Saavedra, her parents illegally migrated to America from Mexico in order to give their children the opportunity for a better life. She gravitated towards music, launching her career in 1992. Getting real, her songs spoke to subjects ranging from relationships to societal ills, resonating with fans worldwide. Throughout her career, she notably received the Premio Lo Nuestro Award for “Best Female Artist of Regional Mexican Music” nine consecutive times. In 2008, the blockbuster album Jenni became her first #1 debut on the Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart. Her legendary catalog consists of multiplatinum #1 albums such as Parrandera, Rebelde Y Atrevida, La Gran Señora, and Joyas Prestadas powered by hits like “Inolvidable”, “Ya Lo Sé” and “La Misma Gran Señora.”
Along the way, she collected two Premios Oye! awards (Mexican equivalent of American Grammy’s), two Billboard awards, 22 Billboard Latin Music awards, 11 Mexican Music Billboard awards, and 18 Lo Nuestro awards in addition to four Latin GRAMMY® nominations. The GRAMMY® Museum dedicated an exhibit to Jenni, enshrining her as the “the first Latino artist with a dedicated exhibit at the museum.” The City of Long Beach opened up the Jenni Rivera Memorial Park, and Los Angeles City Council deemed August 6 “Jenni Rivera Day.” Not to mention, she also earned a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame.
Taking over film and television, she produced and starred in her own reality series Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Rac C, I Love Jenni, and Chiquis Control. Meanwhile, she made her big screen debut in the film Filly Brown.
Her five children continue her legacy, managing and operating Rivera’s foundation for helping domestic violence/abuse victims. Following the realization of her own experience as a domestic violence survivor, the family established The Jenni Love Foundation. It provides support services to single mothers and victims of both domestic and sexual abuse, continuing its mission of service today.
Music produced by Sergio Lizárraga and Pavel Ocampo, as well as a bio-pic, tribute concert and documentaries will commemorate her legacy and extend it to a new era.
Jenni’s spirit lives on forever in her art, and her work continues to change lives.
On August 6th 2010, in Los Angeles, Jenni is appointed celebrity spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) “Coalición Nacional contra la Violencia Doméstica” in Spanish.
Rivera set up The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation (which is currently managed by the Estate), that helps and supports single mothers and domestic/sexual abuse victims.
Rivera was a spoke person for “Amanecer Community Counseling Services”, a program that supports victims of domestic violence.
To commemorate Rivera’s dedication to assist abused women, Los Angeles City Council established August 6th as the “Jenni Rivera Day”.
In May 2016, Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, in alliance with New Life Beginnings, inaugurated “Jenni’s Refuge”, which is a shelter for women and children in Long Beach California. This refuge provides shelter for those children and women suffering from domestic violence and physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Jenni’s shelter was financed with “Jenni’s Vive 2015” earnings.