Jencarlos Canela

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Jencarlos Canela
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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

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 has two older siblings, both from his parents.[3]

Known worldwide for its three internationally renowned telenovela, his role as Ángel Salvador in Más Sabe el Diablo telenovela that was recorded during the year 2009-2010, in the year 2010 was released the movie line headed Más Sabe el Diablo: El Primer Golpe, along with Gaby Espino and Miguel Varoni.[4]

in 2011 he began recording the telenovela Mi Corazón Insiste with Carmen Villalobos. The telenovela was nominated for the inaugural award of the television channel Telemundo, which was the winner for best novel.

In 2013 the actor reappears in the new Telemundo telenovela Pasión Prohibida with Mónica Spear, in the same year as the actor won Favorite Lead Act at the second awards show entitled telemundo Premios Tu Mundo 2013.

After completing his projects television actor, began recording their third album he studied, which will be released in 2014, the proposal for the new album title would place him "Jen" How to start your name, Canela said his album was which shows that he is "naked".[5]

The singer and actor Jencarlos Canela began to climb through your account Vevo in a series of YouTube videos which shows how they create their new singles.[6]

After the recording ends with Pasión Prohibida actor and singer said he would take a while for telenovelas focus more on their new studio album.[7]

The latest song by "I Love It" won song of the summer as in the Premios Juventud.[8][9][10][11] 2014 the singer has been nominated for the second time in the Premio Lo Nuestro single "I Love It" and video of the year.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2011, Jencarlos Canela and Gaby Espino (Venezuelan actress and model) did a live chat over 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. Espino gave birth to their son, Nickolas Canela Espino, on February 12, 2012. On August 26 2014 both Canela and Espino confirmed on their official Facebook page that they have ended their relationship.[12]

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. The Ford Motor Company chose him as model and singer for its "Ride it Like a Ford" ad campaign. This commercial was broadcast on television in the U.S.A.

Jencarlos first album was produced by Rudy Pérez at his studio in Miami Beach. This project may be produced in various languages, as Jencarlos has performed songs in English, Italian, German and Portuguese.

In 2012, Canela, in collaboration with Emilio Estefan, recorded the song "Sueña" for Telemundo's coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics. 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. Canela, signed with Universal Music Latin Entertainment.

Acting career[edit]

Canela made his acting debut 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, he starred in the critically acclaimed stage musical Miami Libre at the Arsht center.[13] Likewise he debuted as the theater actor in the musical "Miami Free", a story that narrates the dreams of a young Cuban that arrives in Miami with the intentions of being 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", he 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 is capturing 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 Españ 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.[14]

In 2009, Jencarlos Canela star in the soap opera "Mas Sabe El Diablo" obtaining a stunning success around the world.


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
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.
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



Year Album Billboard Charts Certifications/Sales
Top Latin Albums[15] Latin Pop Albums[16] Billboard 200


  • First studio album
  • Released: November 10, 2009
  • Label: Bullseye Music
2 1
  • Certification: Gold[17]

Un Nuevo Día

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


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


Year Single Billboard Charts Album
Hot Latin Songs[18] Latin Pop Songs[19] Latin Digital Songs[20]
2009 "Amor Quédate"
"Nadie Como Yo"
2010 "Búscame"
2011 "Mi Corazón Insiste"
Un Nuevo Día
"Baila Baila"

(featuring Pitbull and El Cata)

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

(featuring Psy and KC and the Sunshine Band)


Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
Premios Billboard de la Música Latina[21]
Artista Latino Revelación del Año (Latin Artist of the Year, New)
Premio Lo Nuestro[22]
Artista Breakout del Año (Breakout Artist of the Year)
Premios Tu Mundo[23]
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)
El Beso más Rico (The Best Kiss) (with Carmen Villalobos)
Premios Juventud[24]
Canción del Verano (Song of Summer)
I Love It
Premios Tu Mundo[25][26][27]
Protagonista Favorito (Favorite Lead Actor)
Pasión Prohibida
Premio Lo Nuestro[28]
Video del Año (Video of the Year)
I Love It
Miami Life Awards[29]
Mejor Protagonista Masculino de Telenovela (Best Male Protagonist)
Pasión Prohibida


  1. ^ "Jencarlos Canela: "Percibo el éxito, por mis logros como ser humano"". 
  2. ^ "Jencarlos Canela nos presenta a su papá, Heriberto (FOTO)". January 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jencarlos Canela apoya a su hermano Jason". 
  4. ^ ""Mas sabe el Diablo" comienza producción". 
  5. ^ "Jencarlos Canela enfocado en nuevo disco". 
  6. ^ "Jencarlos Canela estrena primer promo de 'Scan Me', sobre su nuevo disco (VIDEO)". May 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jencarlos Canela se aleja de las telenovelas para enfocarse en la música". 
  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"". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  13. ^ World Premiere Musical – 'Miami Libre'. Broadway World. July 17, 2008
  14. ^ (Spanish) ''Jencarlos Canela firma exclusividad con Telemundo for 5 million dollars.''. January 16, 2009.
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  17. ^ Biography – Jencarlos Canela Website Oficial. (2011-06-21). Retrieved on 2013-08-17.
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  22. ^ "Así fue Premio Lo Nuestro 2011". 
  23. ^ Lista de ganadores de la primera edición de los premios Tu Mundo
  24. ^ "¡We loved it! Jencarlos Canela ganó la canción del verano". 
  25. ^ "Estudio 13: Comienza la votación para Premios Tu Mundo 2013". El Nuevo Herald. 
  26. ^ "Listado completo de finalistas Premios Tu Mundo 2013". 
  27. ^ "Premios Tu Mundo 2013: lista de ganadores (FOTOS)". Huffington Post. August 16, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Premio Lo Nuestro 2014: lista de nominados". 
  29. ^ "Premios Miami Life Award 2014". 

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