Jencarlos Canela Is Announced As The First-ever Latino Artist To Activate The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop From Times Square That Will Be Televised Worldwide

"Jencarlos Canela Is Announced As The First-ever Latino Artist To Activate The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop From Times Square That Will Be Televised Worldwide"

Jean Carlos CanelaJencarlos Canela Is Announced As The First-ever Latino Artist To Activate The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop From Times Square That Will Be Televised Worldwide.

In recognition of his humanitarian work and his work as a professional singer-songwriter and actor with renowned fame worldwide and as the spokesperson for the refugee resettlement organization known as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), SESAC Latina-affiliated singer-songwriter Jencarlos Canela has been selected to press the button that activates the iconic 60-second ball drop at Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2015.

This ceremony will be seen by millions in Times Square and is to be telecast live around the world.

It’s the first time that a Latino artist has been selected for this honor, and is sure to give Jencarlos Canela exposure to vast new audiences.

In addition to his recognition from IRC, the non-governmental organization that helps people displaced by war, conflict and natural disasters, Jencarlos Canela is also being acknowledged by The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment.

These three organizations are calling attention to his humanitarian work and his musical career that includes three albums that feature many of his original compositions. His most recent album is titled Jen. This year, he was also the winning musical team captain on the Univision reality/talent show Va Por Ti.

Upon receiving the news that he had been selected to trigger the ball drop, Jencarlos Canela said that he plans to attend this ceremony “not only for my family and I, but for all the Latinos who make this country a better place. One of the reasons that they’re giving us his honor, and that’s how I see it, is because it’s an achievement that we’ve accomplished together – my team and my fans who always support us.”

He added that “this is one of the most important recognitions that we’ve received. It’s an honor to be the first Hispanic artist to activate the glass ball of the New Year’s countdown from Times Square with the world watching.”

Among this SESAC Latina artist’s biggest hits are “Tu Sombra” (Your Shadow), “Dime” (Tell Me), “I Love It”, “Amor Quédate” (Love, Stay), and “Mi Corazón Insiste” (My Heart Insists).


Jencarlos Canela will kick-off a world tour in January.  The tour, Jen And The Fam 2015 is set to start with an intimate performance in Spain. (Tour dates follow)

Tour Dates – 2015


31 Madrid, Spain

6 Canada
12 San Francisco, CA
13 Los Angeles, CA
15 Dallas, TX
19 New York, NY
20 Washington DC
21 Boston, MA
27 Miami, FL
28 Orlando, FL

14 Romania

Central America & Caribbean



About SESAC: 

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, Kurt Cobain’s Catalog, Mariah Carey, Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons, Lady Antebellum, Bryan Michael Cox, Swizz Beatz, Rico Love, RUSH, Cassandra Wilson, MGMT, Alice In Chains, PSY and many more.

SESAC Latina represents such prestigious artists as Draco Rosa, Jencarlos Canela, Reik, Carlos Baute, Enrique Bunbury, Rayito, Rafa Arcaute, Luz Casal, Gaby Moreno, Intocable, Joey Montana, Luciano Luna, Calibre 50, Aleks Syntek, Fonseca, América Sierra, among many others.

As the first Latin music-focused division to be created by a performing rights society originally founded in 1930, SESAC Latina is also recognized as a leader in technology, which allows it to process royalty payments more quickly and accurately. SESAC is the only society offering its affiliates monthly radio performance royalty payments.