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About Jerry Rivera


Jerry Rivera on July 31, 1973) is a Puerto Rican salsa singer and songwriter.


Rivera was born in Humacao, a town located on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. He moved with his family to Levittown in the town of Toa Baja, where he received his primary and secondary education. His entire family consists of musicians, including tropical recording artists Edwin Rivera  and younger sister Saned. Two other brothers, Ito and Jose, are professional instrumental musicians. His parents, also musicians, inspired him to become a musician and as a child he would often accompany his mother Dominga, a singer, and father Edwin, a guitarist and director of Los Barones Trio, during their shows.


In 1986, when he was 13 years old, he accompanied his father who was performing at a hotel in Isla Verde, San Juan. Frankie Ruiz, who was a guest at the hotel, appeared and sang a couple of songs with them and had his picture taken alongside Rivera. In 2003, this picture was used by Rivera to make the album cover for his tribute Canto a mi Idolo... Frankie Ruiz , who had died in 1998.


In 1988, Tommy Olivencia heard Rivera sing alongside his father and recommended that he sing solo. When Rivera was 16, his father made a demo and presented it to the CBS music department. They signed Rivera.


Rivera began to be known as "El Bebé de la Salsa" after recording his first album, Empezando A Vivir, . This project generated the hit, De La Cabeza A Los Pies . His second album, Abriendo Puertas , produced the hit songs Esa Niña , Dime , Nada Sin Ti , and Como un Milagro became number one hits first in Puerto Rico, then among the Hispanic populations in the United States and finally across Latin America.


His third album, Cuenta Conmigo , won three Platinum Record awards in the United States, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Colombia. It became the most-sold salsa album in history, a record previously held by Willie Colón, and held the number-one spot in the Latin American Billboards for three consecutive months. Its hit songs included the Cuenta Conmigo, Me Estoy Enamorando and Casi Un Hechizo . The number one hit for the album was Amores Como El Nuestro which is considered to be the best song by Rivera. Rivera was awarded two Premio Lo Nuestro Awards for "Singer of the Year" and "Album of the Year" and Sony Records presented him with three Crystal Awards.


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Jerry Rivera", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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