Jesus Lopez, CEO of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Peninsula, and Jencarlos Canela.
Miami singer/songwriter Jencarlos Canela, Whose 2009 debut album Búscame became one of the most successful Latin debuts in recent memory, has signed a recording deal with Universal Music Latin Entertainment.
Canela is slated to release his first album with the label in early 2013.
The 24-year-old Canela, born and raised in Miami and a graduate of The New World School of the Arts, a performing arts high school in the city, came to prominence as an actor on the Telemundo network, which played an instrumental role in launching his debut album, Búscame.
At the time, Canela was signed to indie Bullseye Music (the label co-owned by producer Rudy Perez and music industry executive Rick Stevens) and starring in the soap opera "Más Sabe El Diablo." The album debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart. Canela released his sophomore album, Un Nuevo Dia, also on Bullseye, in 2011.
Since then, Canela has been touring as a music artist at the same time that he's continued to act in television and theater.
"Jencarlos embodies the young, bilingual and bicultural Latino, born in the U.S. and with a grand international scope," said Jesús López, CEO of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Peninsula, who personally negotiated bringing Canela to UMLE. "His thorough musical upbringing opens a unique opportunity in this competitive marketplace which is thirsty for talented young individuals who are both musicians, composers and singers such as he is."