(July 2019) – The legendary Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera would have turned 50 today. La Diva de la Banda, as she was affectionately known, died in a 2012 plane crash in Mexico. Rivera was one of the most influential voices in Regional Mexican music, keeping her family’s musical traditions alive with beloved corridos and rancheras. She sold over 20 million albums throughout her career, and won prestigious accolades at the Billboard Music Awards, Billboard Latin Music Awards, and Univisión’s Premio Lo Nuestro, along with four Latin GRAMMY® nominations.
Recently, Rivera’s younger brother Juan discovered unreleased recordings by Jenni on her hard drives. The first release from this treasure trove, “Aparentemente Bien” (Apparently Fine), premiered today at precisely 8:41 a.m. worldwide by Sony Music Latin in celebration of her 50th birthday. It’s the first new music from Rivera to be released since she passed away. This song was co-written by SESAC Latina affiliate Érika Ender, co-writer of the record-shattering single “Despacito.”
Ender, the Panama-born songwriter, took to Instagram to express her admiration and surprise at this release. Rivera and Ender first met 10 years ago. “I told her I’d love it if she would record something of mine,” Ender recalls. “She told me, ‘Send it over, girl.’ But I never found out if she had recorded anything that I sent or if she liked anything. Years later, I get the surprise that this song had appeared and she hadn’t just listened to it, she had recorded it…’Aparentemente Bien’ – that’s how we all feel now that you’re not in this world, but how comforting it is that we can once again listen to you on a song that meant so much to you at the time you recorded it, because you experienced it, because you cried over it. Thank you, Jenni, for coming back to life with this song.”
Enjoy “Aparentemente Bien,” available in banda, mariachi and pop versions!