La Diva de la Banda may be gone too soon… But Jenni Rivera’s legacy will live on in another biography…
Leila Cobo, the executive director of Latin content and programming for Billboard, has written a biography of the late Mexican American singer.
The book, which is titled Jenni Rivera: The Incredible Story of a Warrior Butterfly, is heralded as an “intimate portrait of the difficult, successful life” of Rivera.
Her life was cut tragically short in a plane crash on December 9, right as Rivera’s fame was reaching new heights. Along with being a top-selling artist in her musical genre and the star of a highly successful reality TV show on mun2, she earned rave reviews for her acting debut in Filly Brown and had just signed on a deal to develop a comedy series for ABC. She also had her own lines of makeup and fashion, and even set up a not-for-profit foundation.
In the biography, Cobo notes that she had an indomitable determination.
Rivera was born in the Los Angeles area, the first girl among four brothers. She grew up like a princess – but also like a warrior, because she soon learned to stand up for herself among men.
Rivera, a good-grade earning student, got pregnant at the age of 15. But she never gave up her studies, thanks to support and encouragement from her teachers.
Rivera’s life as a young mom wasn’t easy, mainly because her man abused her.
Years after the couple separated, the book says, Rivera learned that her daughter and her sister had been abused by the same man. She was determined that justice be done and eventually got even.
She recorded her first album in 1993 as a gift for her dad, an album of traditional songs that didn’t attract much attention. Every year afterwards she recorded another for her father – because she wanted to do it and because it made her happy.
By the start of the last decade she had climbed the heights of stardom, traveling, recording, and forging very close ties with her many fans.
The book will be released on April 24.