canela 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.

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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."