Jennifer Peña Biography
“Cómo Entender,” the first single on "Dicen Que El Tiempo ... ," is where Jennifer ventures into composing and songwriting for the first time, having written this magical song with renowned singer Obie Bermudez. “Cómo Entender” can be enjoyed in three different versions on the album: pop, norteña, and cumbia. “Como Entender," a romantic ballad, is a stunning example of the powerful, sensual vocal tenacity exhibited by Jennifer in every one of the songs on this album. This cut is just the beginning when it comes to Jennifer's marvelous ability to constantly captivate and enchant an international audience with her vocal talent and her unique style, full of passion and dedication.
“Dicen Que El Tiempo…” is a very complete, fresh, and youthful album produced by Sebastián Krys. Its 12 songs are filled with heartfelt emotion and run the gamut from pop ballads to country to ska. The songs include "Soy Asi,” “Ladron,” “Marzo 17,” “Tuya,” “Pero Que Necesidad,” Cobarde Mi Verdad,” “Tus Besos,” “Cuando Tu Pasas,” “Brisas Suaves,” “El Momento,” “Tu Mejor Amiga,” and “Comó Entender.”
Jennifer surprises us once more with co-writing 10 of the 12 songs on the album. “I feel very happy to be able to share this record with my fans," says Jennifer. "I know it's what they've been waiting for. Also, it's a record that shares a lot of me and this stage in my life, which I'm very happy with."
One of the most outstanding songs on this album is the cover "Pero Que Necesidad," which is exceptionally rendered by Jennifer and Obie because it happens to be one of their favorite songs by Juan Gabriel.
In 2006, Jennifer Peña explored a new facet of herself as an actress, working on the film "Amexicano." Directed by Matthew Bonifacio and produced by Carmine Famiglietti, the movie is scheduled for a première in 2007. Their first feature-length film was "Lbs," which premièred worldwide at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. In "Amexicano," Jennifer plays Gabriela, a strong, passionate young woman who believes in the American dream.
Jennifer's award nominations by the music industry to date for Libre, her platinum first album with Univision Records, are indisputable proof of the talent and musical potential of this young singer. After the stupendous success of her first promotional single "El dolor de tu presencia," as demonstrated by the two awards she received for "Female Vocalist of the Year" and "Female Entertainer of the Year" at the first annual South Texas Music Awards, Jennifer continued to garner such high profile recognitions like a nomination for "Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album" at the 45th annual GRAMMY Music Awards in 2003 and winning the coveted "Female Regional Mexican Artist of the Year" at the 2004 Premios Lo Nuestro for Latin music.
Also, for the 2003 edition of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, Jennifer Peña was nominated for four of the most important awards given by this important American music magazine. The megahit “El dolor de tu presencia” was nominated for “Hot Latin Track of the Year” and got a double nomination for "Airplay Track of the Year, Female Vocalist" in the pop category and regional Mexican category. The record “Libre” by this young artist won "Best Album of the Year, Female Vocalist" in the regional Mexican category, one of the most coveted prizes of this genre.
This talented San Antonio native first came to the public eye in 1995 when she performed in a tribute to the late Selena before thousands of fans in the Houston Astrodome, winning the hearts of the audience with her tender yet powerful voice. In 1996, she launched her first record entitled Dulzura, which was followed by Jennifer (1997) and Mariposa (1998). By the time she launched her fourth album, Abrázame y Bésame, in 2000, Jennifer was already well known in the United States and Mexico, where she has gained a broad audience in a very short period of time. This record also earned her a prestigious Grammy nomination for Best Regional Mexican Album.
Undoubtedly, Jennifer Peña is approaching the height of her career and has become one of the most complete and well-established artists in the world of Latin music, making the most of her talent in pop as well as in regional Mexican music. Jennifer Peña is one of today's most important American artists in the competitive world of Latin music and one of today's most prolific and most promising young artists, period – someone who thousands of young Latinos look up to as a role model.