Jencarlos Canela

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Jencarlos Canela
JenCarlos Canela.jpg
Born (1988-04-21) April 21, 1988 (age 26)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Nationality United States American
Other names Jen
Ethnicity Cuban
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2000–present
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Spouse(s) Gaby Espino (2011-2014)
Children Nickolas Canela Espino (b. February 12, 2012)
Relatives Jason Canela (brother)
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums
Labels Universal Music Latin
Website
jencarloscanela.com

Jencarlos Canela (born April 21, 1988) is an American actor and award-winning singer-songwriting musician. Canela was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents, Lisette and Heriberto Canela.[1][2] He is the older brother of actor Jason Canela, and they also have two older siblings.[3] Jencarlos is known worldwide for his three internationally renowned telenovelas.

Jencarlos was the protagonist as Ángel Salvador in the telenovela Más Sabe el Diablo that was recorded during the years 2009-2010.Gaby Espino and Miguel Varoni also starred in the telenovela. In 2010, the movie Más Sabe el Diablo: El Primer Golpe was released, again with Jencarlos, Gaby Espino, and Miguel Varoni.[4]

In 2011, he began recording the telenovela Mi Corazón Insiste with Carmen Villalobos. In the Telemundo award show Premios Tu Mundo 2012 the telenovela won the award for Novela of the Year and Jencarlos won the Favorite Lead Actor award.

Jencarlos reappeared in 2013 in the new Telemundo telenovela Pasión Prohibida with Mónica Spear. In that same year the actor won as Favorite Lead Actor for the second time at Telemundo's award show Premios Tu Mundo 2013.

After completing his projects as a television actor, Jencarlos began recording his third album, which he released on May 6, 2014.[5] The album title is "Jen" since the album represents who and what Jencarlos is, just as he is, something Jencarlos referred to as "al desnudo" or "naked".[6]

In September 2013, the singer and actor began a new project called "Scan Me" on his Vevo account (JencarlosCanelaVEVO) with a series of YouTube videos showing behind the scenes clips as he and his collaborators created his new album.[7]

Jencarlos won Artist of the Year in the 2013 awards show Premios Juventud, and his song "I Love It" won the Song of the Summer award.[8][9][10][11] In the 2014 Premio Lo Nuestro awards show, Jencarlos' "I Love It" video was nominated for Video of the Year.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2011, Jencarlos Canela and Gaby Espino (Venezuelan actress and model) did a live chat over the social networking site Twitter, where they confirmed they were in a relationship. They announced that they were expecting their first child together and that godparents would be Cristina Saralegui and Pitbull.[12] Espino gave birth to their son, Nickolas Canela Espino, on February 12, 2012.[13] On August 26, 2014, both Canela and Espino confirmed on their official Facebook pages that they were ending their relationship.[14][15]

Music career[edit]

At the age of 12, Jencarlos began his musical career as the lead singer of the group "Boom Boom Pop". After two years of successful participation with the group, he decided to start his solo career in late 2002. Over the following five years, he appeared in several international events including the "Miss World" 2004 and 2005 beauty pageants, "The Latin Fiesta Festival" in Toronto, Canada, and "The CALLE OCHO Festival" in Miami. During this period, he continued his studies of music and acting at the New World School of the Arts (USA), from which he graduated with honors in May 2006.[16]

Ford Motor Company chose Jencarlos as model and singer for its "Ride it Like a Ford" ad campaign where he sang a jingle he'd written.[17] This commercial was broadcast on television in the United States in 2006.[18]

Jencarlos' first two albums were produced by Rudy Pérez at his studio in Miami Beach under the independent label Bullseye Music Entertainment. His first album "Búscame" debuted at #2 in 2009, and in 2011 his second album "Un Nuevo Día" came in at #1 during the first week it was released.[19]

In 2012, Canela, in collaboration with Emilio Estefan, recorded the song "Sueña" for Telemundo's coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[20] It was also to be the official song of Miss America 2013, but a contract dispute with Telemundo led to the song being replaced by "Don't Stop the Party" by Pitbull. In 2012, Jencarlos signed with Universal Music Latin Entertainment.[21]

Acting career[edit]

Canela made his acting debut in 2007 as Alfredo Torres in the hit telenovela Pecados Ajenos, in which he collaborated with Dominican singer Cristal Marie to create the theme song for the show. He then went on to appear in Doña Barbara in 2008.[22]

In 2008, he debuted as a theater actor in the critically acclaimed stage musical Miami Libre at the Arsht center.[23] Miami Libre narrates the dreams of a young Cuban who arrives in Miami with the intentions of being a singer, but for that to happen he will have to conquer a series of obstacles that make this work a true example of perseverance. In Miami Libre, Jencarlos not only acted, but also performed songs and showed his dancing abilities. The play was performed in both English and Spanish.

This young Cuban-American has captured the attention of international mass media who have featured him in several magazine covers, and feature interviews and articles. In 2008, Jencarlos was the winner of People en Español.com's Most Sexiest Man Poll, competing with figures as Ricky Martin, Eduardo Yañez, Pablo Montero, among others.

On January 16, 2009, Canela signed an exclusivity contract with Telemundo.[24]

In 2009, Jencarlos Canela starred in the telenovela "Mas Sabe El Diablo" achieving stunning success around the world.

Filmography[edit]

Television and Web Show
Year Title Role Notes
2007-08 Pecados Ajenos Alfredo Torres Supporting role
2008 Doña Barbara Asdrubal Minor Role, Doña Bárbara's teenage boyfriend.
2009 Más Sabe el Diablo Ángel Salvador protagonist
2010 Perro Amor
Himself
Guest Appearance
Premios Billboard de la música latina
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Musical Guest – Amor Quédate (Episode 134)
The New America
2011 Mi Corazón Insiste en Lola Volcán Andrés Santacruz protagonist
Nominated—Premios Tu Mundo 2012 for Favorite Lead Actor
Nominated—Premios Tu Mundo 2012 for Best Novela Soundtrack
Nominated—Premios Tu Mundo 2012 for The Perfect Couple
Nominated—Premios Tu Mundo 2012 for The Best Kiss
2013 Pasión Prohibida Bruno Hurtado protagonist
Nominated—Premios Tu Mundo 2013 for Favorite Lead Actor
Scan Me Himself 14 videos, Promoting his album.
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Más Sabe el Diablo: El Primer Golpe Ángel Salvador Direct-to-DVD; prequel to novela
Hunted By Night Brandon Direct-to-DVD

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard Charts Certifications/Sales
Top Latin Albums[25] Latin Pop Albums[26] Billboard 200
2009

Búscame

  • First studio album
  • Released: November 10, 2009
  • Label: Bullseye Music
2 1
  • Certification: Gold[27]
2011

Un Nuevo Día

  • Second studio album
  • Released: June 21, 2011
  • Label: Bullseye Music
1 1
2014

Jen

  • Third Studio Album
  • Released: May 6, 2014
  • Label: Universal Music Latin

Singles[edit]

Year Single Billboard Charts Album
Hot Latin Songs[28] Latin Pop Songs[29] Latin Digital Songs[30]
2009 "Amor Quédate"
28
10
38
Búscame
"Nadie Como Yo"
40
2010 "Búscame"
38
2011 "Mi Corazón Insiste"
27
7
39
Un Nuevo Día
"Baila Baila"

(featuring Pitbull and El Cata)

2013 "Dime"
34
Dime (iTunes Single)
"I Love It"
Jen
2014 "Give It Up Tonight"

(featuring Psy and KC and the Sunshine Band)

Awards[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010
Premios Billboard de la Música Latina[31]
Artista Latino Revelación del Año (Latin Artist of the Year, New)
Himself
Nominated
2011
Premio Lo Nuestro[32]
Artista Breakout del Año (Breakout Artist of the Year)
Won
2012
Premios Tu Mundo[33]
El Favorito de la Noche (The Favorite Night)
Mejor Canción de Telenovela (Best Novela Soundtrack)
Mi Corazón Insiste
Protagonista Favorito (Favorite Lead Actor)
Mi Corazón Insiste en Lola Volcán
La Pareja Perfecta (The Perfect Couple) (with Carmen Villalobos)
Nominated
El Beso más Rico (The Best Kiss) (with Carmen Villalobos)
2013
Premios Juventud[34]
Canción del Verano (Song of Summer)
I Love It
Won
Premios Tu Mundo[35][36][37]
Protagonista Favorito (Favorite Lead Actor)
Pasión Prohibida
2014
Premio Lo Nuestro[38]
Video del Año (Video of the Year)
I Love It
Pending
Miami Life Awards[39]
Mejor Protagonista Masculino de Telenovela (Best Male Protagonist)
Pasión Prohibida

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jencarlos Canela: "Percibo el éxito, por mis logros como ser humano"". venezuelaaldia.com. 
  2. ^ "Jencarlos Canela nos presenta a su papá, Heriberto (FOTO)". huffingtonpost.com. January 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jencarlos Canela apoya a su hermano Jason". blogspot.com. 
  4. ^ ""Mas sabe el Diablo" comienza producción". ocexcelsior.com. 
  5. ^ "Jencarlos Canela lanza nuevo disco". elnuevoherald.com. 
  6. ^ "Jencarlos Canela enfocado en nuevo disco". elcaribe.com. 
  7. ^ "Jencarlos Canela estrena primer promo de 'Scan Me', sobre su nuevo disco (VIDEO)". huffingtonpost.com. May 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Presentan nominados de Premios Juventud 2013". Vocero. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ Lista de ganadores de Los Premios Juventud 2013
  10. ^ Premios Juventud 2013: Lista completa de ganadores
  11. ^ GANADORES 2013 Entra en cada categoria y conoce a los ganadores.
  12. ^ "Jencarlos Canela y Gaby Espino: "Sí, estamos embarazados"". PeopleenEspanol.com. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  13. ^ "Nace hijo de Gaby Espino y Jencarlos Canela". PeopleenEspanol.com. February 12, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jencarlos Canela Musician/Band". facebook.com. 
  15. ^ "Gaby Espino Actor/Director". facebook.com. 
  16. ^ "Jencarlos Canela firma con Universal Music Latin Entertainment; Jencarlos Canela signs with Universal Music Latin Entertainment". universalmusica.com. August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Jencarlos Canela Latin sweetness always calls for Canela!". nexoslatins.com. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jencarlos Canela se consolida como estrella". cuba-out.blogspot.com. March 21, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  19. ^ "IDA Rudy Perez". idaprogram.com. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ Cobo, Leila (July 27, 2012). "Emilio Estefan, Jencarlos Canela Team Up For Telemundo's Olympic Theme Song". billboard.com. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  21. ^ Cobo, Leila (August 29, 2012). "Jencarlos Canela Signs With Universal Music Latin Entertainment". billboard.com. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Jencarlos Canela". grandesestrellas.com. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  23. ^ World Premiere Musical – 'Miami Libre'. Broadway World. July 17, 2008
  24. ^ (Spanish) ''Jencarlos Canela firma exclusividad con Telemundo for 5 million dollars.''. Peopleenespanol.com. January 16, 2009.
  25. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304424/jencarlos/chart?f=330
  26. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304424/jencarlos/chart?f=295
  27. ^ Biography – Jencarlos Canela Website Oficial. Jencarloscanela.com (2011-06-21). Retrieved on 2013-08-17.
  28. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304424/jencarlos/chart?f=363
  29. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304424/jencarlos/chart?f=372
  30. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304424/jencarlos/chart?f=1089
  31. ^ "JENCARLOS NOMINADO A LOS PREMIOS BILLBOARD". mastrip.net. 
  32. ^ "Así fue Premio Lo Nuestro 2011". musica.univision.com. 
  33. ^ Lista de ganadores de la primera edición de los premios Tu Mundo
  34. ^ "¡We loved it! Jencarlos Canela ganó la canción del verano". musica.univision.com. 
  35. ^ "Estudio 13: Comienza la votación para Premios Tu Mundo 2013". El Nuevo Herald. 
  36. ^ "Listado completo de finalistas Premios Tu Mundo 2013". 
  37. ^ "Premios Tu Mundo 2013: lista de ganadores (FOTOS)". Huffington Post. August 16, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Premio Lo Nuestro 2014: lista de nominados". peopleenespanol.com. 
  39. ^ "Premios Miami Life Award 2014". 

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