On June 9, Jesse Rivera was born in the beautiful island of Puerto
His family name is Jesús Rivera Romero. Born into a family
of musicians, Jesse has been playing guitar since he was 8 years
old. He attended the Inter-American University of San Juan Puerto
Rico where he received his Bachelor's Degree in arts with a major
in education and sociology.
Jesse studied public administration at the University of
Puerto Rico where he achieved credits towards his Masters
degree. In the year 2000 he received a Doctoral degree from
Theological Seminary of California. While still in high school,
he founded the Malakai Duet which gave him big success in
show business, TV, radio, hotels and night
clubs performances. He also worked as an actor in a TV soap opera.
Being at the "peak" of his artistic life he was diagnosed
with cancer. After trying everything the cancer specialist recommended,
he still was declared to have a short time to live. In his late
20's he gave his life to the lord and his body healed. Since then
he has been serving and singing for the Lord.
Jesse feels joy when he sings to inspire others
to seek the Lord. He says "I'm very blessed when I see
people receiving peace, spiritual enrichment and internal healing
when I play and
sing." At age 33, he was ordained as a minister by the association
of ministers of California. Jesse has recorded 14 CD's, 11 in Spanish, one in English and two bilingual.
You can order them through our Media
He believes in community service, therefore he helps local public
schools. He has done musical performances, guitar assemblies,
substitute teaching and Spanish teaching for local schools. "It's
very rewarding spiritually."
In order to help other people achieve musical
goals, he teaches guitar. His private students are very happy with
his unique teaching
technique. In just five lessons they are able to play a couple
songs on their guitar.
Jesse is a Chaplain and a member of the Pastoral Care Department
at Psychiatric Hospitals in New Jersey. He serves primarily as a pastor for the Hispanic Patients.
Speaker, Songwriter and Singer
In 1983 Jesse founded "Edifying Souls Ministries" This
ministry includes bilingual music, bilingual preaching, positive
teaching, conferences and motivational speaking.
Many of the songs Jesse records are written by him.