Jencarlos Canela

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Jencarlos Canela
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Background information
Birth name Jencarlos Canela
Born (1988-04-21) April 21, 1988 (age 27)
Miami, Florida, United States
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, musician
Years active 2007–present

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 Españ'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.



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


Year Title Role Notes
2007-2008 Pecados ajenos Alfredo Torres Supporting role
2008 Doña Bárbara Asdrubal Special participation
2009 Más sabe el diablo Ángel Salvador Lead role
2010 Perro amor Himself Guest appearance
2010 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Himself Musical Guest; "Amor Quédate" (Episode 134)
2010 The New America Himself Guest appearance
2011 Mi corazón insiste en Lola Volcán Andrés Santacruz Lead role
2013 Pasión prohibida Bruno Hurtado Lead role
2014 Nuestra Belleza Latina 2014 Himself Judge
2014 Va por ti Himself Judge
2016-present Telenovela Xavier Lead role


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[16]
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[16]
  • 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[25] Latin Pop Airplay[25] Tropical/Salsa[25]
"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"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated works Result
2010 Premios Billboard de la Música Latina[27] Latin Artist of the Year, New Himself Nominated
2011 Premio Lo Nuestro[28] Breakout Artist of the Year Himself Won
2012 Premios Tu Mundo[29] 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) Nominated
The Best Kiss (with Carmen Villalobos) Nominated
2013 Premios Juventud[30] Song of Summer "I Love It" Won
Premios Tu Mundo[31][32][33] Favorite Lead Actor Pasión prohibida Won
2014 Premio Lo Nuestro[34] Video of the Year "I Love I" Nominated
Miami Life Awards[35] Best Male Protagonist Pasión prohibida Nominated
Premios Juventud Song corta-venas "Irreparable" Nominated


  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 lanza nuevo disco". 
  6. ^ "Jencarlos Canela enfocado en nuevo disco". 
  7. ^ "Jencarlos Canela estrena primer promo de 'Scan Me', sobre su nuevo disco (VIDEO)". 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"". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  13. ^ "Nace hijo de Gaby Espino y Jencarlos Canela". February 12, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jencarlos Canela Musician/Band". 
  15. ^ "Gaby Espino Actor/Director". 
  16. ^ 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). Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Jencarlos Canela Latin sweetness always calls for Canela!". Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jencarlos Canela se consolida como estrella". March 21, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  19. ^ "IDA Rudy Perez". Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ Cobo, Leila (July 27, 2012). "Emilio Estefan, Jencarlos Canela Team Up For Telemundo's Olympic Theme Song". Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  21. ^ Cobo, Leila (August 29, 2012). "Jencarlos Canela Signs With Universal Music Latin Entertainment". Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Jencarlos Canela". 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.''. January 16, 2009.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g "Jencarlos Canela álbum Búscame "AllMusic"". AllMusic. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  26. ^ Silma Estrada. "Jencarlos Canela, estrena su nuevo álbum discográfico 'JEN'" (in Spanish). Radiohrn. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Así fue Premio Lo Nuestro 2011". (in Spanish). 
  29. ^ Lista de ganadores de la primera edición de los premios Tu Mundo
  30. ^ "¡We loved it! Jencarlos Canela ganó la canción del verano". (in Spanish). 
  31. ^ "Estudio 13: Comienza la votación para Premios Tu Mundo 2013". El Nuevo Herald. 
  32. ^ "Listado completo de finalistas Premios Tu Mundo 2013" (in Spanish). 
  33. ^ "Premios Tu Mundo 2013: lista de ganadores (FOTOS)". Huffington Post (in Spanish). August 16, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Premio Lo Nuestro 2014: lista de nominados". (in Spanish). 
  35. ^ "Premios Miami Life Award 2014" (in Spanish). 

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