Jencarlos Canela

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Jencarlos Canela
Jencarlos Canela in 2014 (cropped).jpg
Canela in 2014
Born (1988-04-21) April 21, 1988 (age 32)
NationalityCuban and American
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2000–present
Partner(s)Gaby Espino (2010-2014)
Danyeshka Hernández (2018-present)
Musical career

Jencarlos Canela (born April 21, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. Canela starred in the telenovela Más sabe el diablo, and two other telenovelas.

In September 2013, he began a new project called "Scan Me" on his official Vevo account with a series of YouTube videos showing behind the scenes clips as he and his collaborators created his new album.[1]

Canela 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.[2][3][4][5] In the 2014 Lo Nuestro Awards show, Canela's "I Love It" music video was nominated for Video of the Year.

Early life[edit]

Canela was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents, Lisette and Heriberto Canela.[6][7] He is the older brother of actor Jason Canela, and they also have two older siblings, Erick and Annette. Canela refused to follow his father's military footsteps and joined Disney Channel to pursue his dream of being the first Cuban Disney Singer.[8]

Music career[edit]

At the age of 12, Canela 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.[9]

Ford Motor Company chose Canela as model and singer for its "Ride it Like a Ford" ad campaign where he sang a jingle he'd written.[10] This commercial was broadcast on television in the United States in 2006.[11]

Canela's 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.[12]

In 2012, Canela, in collaboration with Emilio Estefan, recorded the song "Sueña" for Telemundo's coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[13] 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, Canela signed with Universal Music Latin Entertainment.[14]

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.[15]

In 2008, he debuted as a theater actor in the critically acclaimed stage musical Miami Libre at the Arsht center.[16] 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, Canela acted, performed songs and danced. The play was performed in both English and Spanish.

On January 16, 2009, Canela signed an exclusivity contract with Telemundo.[17] In 2009, Canela was the protagonist as Ángel Salvador in the telenovela Más sabe el diablo. 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 Canela, Gaby Espino, and Miguel Varoni.[18]

In 2011, Canela began recording the telenovela Mi corazón insiste en Lola Volcán with Carmen Villalobos. In the Telemundo award show Premios Tu Mundo 2012, the telenovela won the award for Novela of the Year and Canela won the Favorite Lead Actor award.

Canela 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.

On December 7, 2015, Canela made his debut on English-language television starring in Eva Longoria's NBC show Telenovela.[19] In March 2016, Canela portrayed Jesus Christ in the musical special The Passion on Fox.[20] In 2020, he played Uncle Victor in the Netflix series The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2011, 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.[21] Espino gave birth to their son, Nickolas Canela Espino, on February 12, 2012.[22] On August 26, 2014, both Canela and Espino confirmed on their official Facebook pages that they were ending their relationship.[23][24] As of 2018, Canela is dating Danna Hernández, Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2017.[25]



Title Year Role Notes
Hunted by Night 2010 Brandon Direct-to-DVD
Más sabe el diablo: El primer golpe 2009 Ángel Salvador / El Diablo Direct-to-DVD; prequel to novela

Television roles[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Pecados ajenos 2007–2008 Alfredo "Freddy" Torres Recurring role; 157 episodes
Doña Bárbara 2008-2009 Asdrúbal Episode: "Lastimar el amor"
Más sabe el diablo 2009–2010 Ángel Salvador / El Diablo / Salvador Domínguez Main role
Perro amor 2010 Himself Episode: "Ruegos ahogados"
Mi corazón insiste en Lola Volcán 2011 Andrés Suárez / Andrés Santacruz Main role; 133 episodes
Pasión prohibida 2013 Bruno Hurtado Main role; 107 episodes
Telenovela 2015–2016 Xavier Castillo Main role; 11 episodes
The Passion 2016 Jesus Christ Television film
Grand Hotel 2019 El Rey Recurring role; 4 episodes
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia 2020 Victor Garcia Main role; 14 episodes


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Latin Pop Albums
Top Independent Albums
Top Latin Albums
The Billboard 200
  • Released: November 10, 2009
  • Label: Bullseye Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 7 2
  • Certification: Gold[9]
Un Nuevo Día
  • Released: June 21, 2011
  • Label: Bullseye Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 15 1 84 N/A
  • Released: May 6, 2014
  • Label: Universal Music Latin[9]
  • Format: CD, digital download
4 4 N/A


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Hot Latin Songs[26] Latin Pop Airplay[26] Tropical/Salsa[26]
"Nadie como yo" 2009 Búscame
"Búscame" 28 10 30
"Amor quédate"
"Porque aún te amo"
"Tu veneno"
"No te voy a perder"
"Más fuerte que yo"
"Estés donde estés"
"Quiero despertar"
"Una lágrima no basta"
"Es tan triste"
"Un nuevo día" 2011 Un Nuevo Día
"Mi corazón insiste" 22
"Una señal de amor"
"Donde estará mi gran amor"
"Dos amigos"
"Nos perdimos otra vez"
"Solo quiero tu amor (All I Need Is Your Love)"
"Baila Baila" (featuring Pitbull and El Cata) 6
"Llévame al cielo"
"Si supieras cuanto te amé"
"Dime" 2013 Non-album song
"Enjoy" 2014 Jen
"Tu sombra (with (J Balvin)" 37
"Si la ves"
"I Love It"
"Bailar contigo"
"Give It Up Tonight" (featuring Psy and KC and the Sunshine Band)
"Junto a ti"
"Una noche"
"Bandera blanca"
"LLegas tú"
"Bajito" 2015 Non-album song
"Eres" 2016
"Pa Que Me Invitan" (featuring Charly Black)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated works Result
2010 Premios Billboard de la Música Latina[28] Latin Artist of the Year, New Himself Nominated
2011 Premio Lo Nuestro[29] Breakout Artist of the Year Himself Won
2012 Premios Tu Mundo[30] The Favorite of the Night Himself Won
Best Novela Soundtrack Mi corazón insiste Won
Favorite Lead Actor Mi corazón insiste en Lola Volcán Won
The Perfect Couple
(with Carmen Villalobos)
The Best Kiss
(with Carmen Villalobos)
2013 Premios Juventud[31] Song of Summer "I Love It" Won
Premios Tu Mundo[32][33][34] Favorite Lead Actor Pasión prohibida Won
2014 Premio Lo Nuestro[35] Video of the Year "I Love I" Nominated
Miami Life Awards[36] Best Male Protagonist Pasión prohibida Nominated
Premios Juventud Song corta-venas "Irreparable" Nominated


  1. ^ "Jencarlos Canela estrena primer promo de 'Scan Me', sobre su nuevo disco (VIDEO)". May 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "Presentan nominados de Premios Juventud 2013". Vocero. Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Lista de ganadores de Los Premios Juventud 2013". Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Premios Juventud 2013: Lista completa de ganadores
  5. ^ GANADORES 2013 Entra en cada categoria y conoce a los ganadores.
  6. ^ "Jencarlos Canela: "Percibo el éxito, por mis logros como ser humano"". Archived from the original on December 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "Jencarlos Canela nos presenta a su papá, Heriberto (FOTO)". January 18, 2013.
  8. ^ "Jencarlos Canela apoya a su hermano Jason".
  9. ^ a b c UniversalMusic (August 29, 2012). "Jencarlos Canela firma con Universal Music Latin Entertainment / Jencarlos Canela signs with Universal Music Latin Entertainment" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Jencarlos Canela Latin sweetness always calls for Canela!". Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  11. ^ "Jencarlos Canela se consolida como estrella". March 21, 2011. Archived from the original on August 31, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  12. ^ "IDA Rudy Perez". Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  13. ^ Cobo, Leila (July 27, 2012). "Emilio Estefan, Jencarlos Canela Team Up For Telemundo's Olympic Theme Song". Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Cobo, Leila (August 29, 2012). "Jencarlos Canela Signs With Universal Music Latin Entertainment". Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  15. ^ "Jencarlos Canela". Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  16. ^ World Premiere Musical – 'Miami Libre'. Broadway World. July 17, 2008
  17. ^ (in Spanish) ''Jencarlos Canela firma exclusividad con Telemundo for 5 million dollars.'' Archived 2011-03-08 at the Wayback Machine. January 16, 2009.
  18. ^ ""Mas sabe el Diablo" comienza producción". Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  19. ^ [1]. Telenovela with Eva Longoria.October 15, 2015
  20. ^ "Fox's 'The Passion' Casts Chris Daughtry As Judas, Jencarlos Canela As Jesus". Deadline. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  21. ^ "Jencarlos Canela y Gaby Espino: "Sí, estamos embarazados"". Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  22. ^ "Nace hijo de Gaby Espino y Jencarlos Canela". February 12, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  23. ^ "Jencarlos Canela Musician/Band".
  24. ^ "Gaby Espino Actor/Director".
  25. ^ "Jencarlos Canela confirma su relación con Danna Hernández con romántica foto". January 14, 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  26. ^ a b c d e f g "Jencarlos Canela álbum Búscame "AllMusic"". AllMusic. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  27. ^ Silma Estrada. "Jencarlos Canela, estrena su nuevo álbum discográfico 'JEN'" (in Spanish). Radiohrn. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  28. ^ "JENCARLOS NOMINADO A LOS PREMIOS BILLBOARD". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on December 14, 2013.
  29. ^ "Así fue Premio Lo Nuestro 2011". (in Spanish).
  30. ^ Lista de ganadores de la primera edición de los premios Tu Mundo[permanent dead link]
  31. ^ "¡We loved it! Jencarlos Canela ganó la canción del verano". (in Spanish).
  32. ^ "Estudio 13: Comienza la votación para Premios Tu Mundo 2013". El Nuevo Herald. Archived from the original on August 7, 2013.
  33. ^ "Listado completo de finalistas Premios Tu Mundo 2013" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on December 10, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  34. ^ "Premios Tu Mundo 2013: lista de ganadores (FOTOS)". Huffington Post (in Spanish). August 16, 2013.
  35. ^ "Premio Lo Nuestro 2014: lista de nominados". (in Spanish).
  36. ^ "Premios Miami Life Award 2014" (in Spanish).

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