As a Salsa and romantic vocalist, I began pursuing a musical career at the age of 15. Dropping out of high school to support my family, I found my first paying “gig” with a band called Evolution and began pursuing a career in music.
After becoming the lead singer for the Evolution band, we were offered a recording contract with New York’s best cuatro player, Yomo Toro. The bands hit song Musica Para El Mundo Entero was a worldwide hit. Recording my first album with Fania records provided me the opportunity to meet an audition with Ray Barretto and Louie Ramirez.
Throughout the years, I became a soloist with several of Connecticut's best salsa groups and Latin musicians, including Salsa America and Orchestra Mikata. I also had the opportunity to team up with my son Edwin Rivera Jr., who is a talented piano player and arranger, to record our first album Llegando a La Distancia with Mambo City records.
After receiving my degree in Human Services, I continued to record with various record labels and continue to have songs played on rotation in countries like Spain and Japan.
In 1998, I released the song Homeless Man to help the homeless in my community. I partnered up with Carmen Colon and the YMCA Families in Transition to raise funds for the homeless shelters in Bridgeport, CT.
In 2001, I released a song entitled, I Can’t Forget Your Smile that I dedicated to raise funds for the families affected by the September 11 attacks. That experience showed me how powerful an impact music can be in bringing people together.
In 2008, I experienced a rebirth, when I teamed up again with my son Edwin Rivera Jr. to form the Salsa and Latin Rock band Son7. We continue to perform throughout the country and are blessed to be received so well everywhere we perform.
This website is a place to share the music I have created and to use my music to make a difference. I truly hope you enjoy your experience here.
Music is Unity