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Chiquis Rivera New Album: 'Ahora' Singer Thanks Those Who Didn't Think She Could Sing, Admits She Almost Quit

First Posted: Jun 02, 2015 11:37 AM EDT
Chiquis Rivera

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Chiquis Rivera is used to playing the role of a mother. After all, she helped take care of her younger siblings since age 10. 

Rivera's new album, "Ahora," goes on sale Tuesday and she is treating it like her "new baby," La Opinion reports.

Rivera even thanks the people who doubted her and said she would not make it as a singer.

"Thanks to those people who have said I can't sing, I have been motivated to keep moving forward. My grandfather once told me, 'People are born not singing, you learn to sing.' And again, my mom is a great example. Her music was very different from what it is now," she said.  

During the two years it took Rivera to record her album, she admitted that she thought about quitting. She says that the song that was the hardest for her to record was "Paloma Blanco." The song came about after her late mother Jenni Rivera dedicated "Paloma Negra" to her at her last concert in Monterrey.

"There were many times when I wanted to get out of the spotlight because people were very rude. But then I thought about my mom and cried a lot, had a tantrum and after that I got up and felt better. Because if she could do it and for her it was more difficult -- people closed doors on her and threw away her albums in her face -- [then I could do it, too,]" she said.  

Rivera credits Julio Reyes for being the person responsible for getting her voice ready to record the album.

Rivera has had a busy year. She released her emotional memoir "Forgiveness" earlier this year. She is also set to play a small role in the movie "Tattooed Love," which is set for a September release.

Rivera teased that she could have something big coming up.

"I have been offered things," she said. "I think that very soon we're going to take a part in a project that's very famous, but I can't say the name ... it's for film."

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