Born Dolores Janney Rivera, she became immortalized for her 2008 album Jenni, which hit #1 on the US Billboard 200. She died in a plane crash in 2012.
She earned straight A's in high school despite becoming pregnant her sophomore year. Her first recording was a gift to her father.
She appeared in the film Filly Brown and was named a spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. August 6th was named Jenni Rivera Day in Los Angeles to honor her charitable efforts.
She was born to Rosa Rivera and music producer Pedro Rivera. She had five siblings named Lupillo, Juan, Rosie, Pedro Jr. and Gustavo. She was married three times, to Jose Trinidad Marin, Juan Lopez and Esteban Loaiza. She had five children named Chiquis, Jenicka, Jacqie, Johnny and Michael.
In 2003, she released a tribute album to famed Hispanic singer Selena, titled Farewell to Selena.