It's easy to look at Jencarlos Canela and get the wrong impression. People have been mistaking him for a telenovela-actor-turned-musician since before he began storming the world of Latin pop with his hit single "Amor Quedate" last year. But there is one thing the first generation Cuban-American wants to make perfectly clear: He is not one of these pretty faced stars of Spanish-language soaps who fancied himself a singer. He actually has talent. Okay, those weren't exactly his words. But you get the picture.
He does, however, boast those acting credits. Canela began his professional acting career as Alfredo Torres on Telemundo Studios' Pecados Ajenos ("Alien Sins") in 2007. And from there, his acting career took off, and last year he landed a starring role alongside Gaby Espino in the series Mas Sabe el Diablo.
But he never lost sight of his dream of a musical career, which he began at the age of 12, and fostered during his teen years at Miami's New World School of the Arts. Finally, in November of last year, he saw those dreams realized with the release of his debut, Buscame ("Look for Me"), a very solid first effort for the up-and-coming pop star.
Jencarlos Canela. 8:15 p.m. Saturday, January 30. The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $33.50 to $61.50; livenation.com