Singer-songwriter and SESAC Latina affiliate Jencarlos Canela-one of the most promising young stars in the Latin music industry-announced he signed this week with Universal Music Latin Entertainment, the world's premiere Latin music entertainment company.
Canela, who joined SESAC Latina in 2011 for representation of his performing rights worldwide, emerged as a true phenomenon thanks to his amazing solo compositions and highly-praised collaborations with an A-list of top Latin talents. Many of Canela's major hits were also performed and recorded by such acts as Pitbull, Chino & Nacho, José Feliciano, Gilberto Santa Rosa, El Cata and Banda Los Recoditos, among others.
One of the most versatile and talented Latin artists today, Canela's astonishing proficiency performing in diverse genres earned him the opportunity to collaborate with Pitbull in the hit single "Tu Cuerpo" and to record "Sueña", one of the commemorative songs of the 2012 Olympics in London. The tune, which was produced by the renowned Emilio Estefan, confirmed him as one of the fastest rising stars in Latin music.
Jencarlos Canela is finalizing details to kick-off the recording process for his much anticipated third studio album, which will be released by Universal Music early 2013 featuring own compositions and remarkable collaborations. One such example is the song he co-wrote with Samo, lead singer of Mexican pop band Camila. The new album is a follow up to "Un Nuevo Dia" (2011) which reached the top of the charts in the United States and Puerto Rico.
"I feel very happy to join a record label that has throughout the years demonstrated a consistency with producing hits and is led by executives that really understand the business and good music. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Universal Music family and I want to thank my great friend Jesus Lopez and all of the Universal Music team for their support and warm welcoming, much respect!", Jencarlos said.
Jencarlos Canela is synonymous of talent and professionalism. At only 24 years of age, he has already amassed performances at more than 200 concerts throughout the world and garnered tremendous success in countries such as Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Ecuador, the United States and Puerto Rico.
The young Latin star began his musical career at age 12 as the lead singer of the group "Boom Boom Pop" and graduated with honors from the prestigious academy The New World School of Arts in 2006. His debut album, "Buscame", debuted #1 on the Latin album sales chart and was certified Gold only a few weeks after its release. "Buscame" also set a record as the highest charting Latin debut album ever on an independent label in the history of the Billboard charts. Jencarlos has also been honored with the Premio Lo Nuestro award for "Best New Artist" and was named "Best Young Actor" by the prestigious FAMA award, presented by the magazine of the same name, and the Estrella Awards.
"Jencarlos embodies the young Latino, bilingual and bicultural, born in the U.S. and with a grand international scope for his career. His thorough musical upbringing opens a unique opportunity in this competitive marketplace which is thirsty for talented young individuals who are musicians, composers and singers such as he is. He has also showcased his artistic versatility as one of the most successful young actors on Latin television. All of us at Universal Music feel honored to have Jencarlos entrust us to further develop his musical career," commented Jesus Lopez, Chairman / CEO of Latin America and Iberian Peninsula.
Currently, Jencarlos is preparing his scheduled appearance at the first annual Telemundo's Tu Mundo Awards, where he will surprise fans with a special performance and is the most nominated artist of the night.
With a selective policy of affiliation that's unique in the industry, SESAC represents the best composers and publishers. In so doing, SESAC has built a repertoire of quality that covers all genres and the most popular music of today. Artists affiliated with SESAC include such icons as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Lady Antebellum, Bryan Michael Cox, Mumford & Sons, Rico Love, RUSH, Cassandra Wilson, MGMT, Alice In Chains and many more. SESAC Latina represents such prestigious artists as Draco Rosa, Enrique Bunbury, Carlos Baute, Jencarlos Canela, Rayito, Samo, Reik, Joey Montana, Luciano Luna, Aleks Syntek, Fonseca, Erika Ender, Miguel Angel Romero, among many others. As the first Latin music-focused division to be created by a performance-rights society, SESAC Latina is also recognized as a leader in technology, which allows it to process royalty payments more quickly and accurately. www.sesaclatina.com