Jenni Rivera and Edward James Olmos Recorded “Filly Brown’s” Pop Ballad Before Her Death

Filly Brown’s “Hurts So Bad,” promises to be a huge hit. Sound track on sale April 16th

By Elia Esparza

Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos, with "Hurt So Bad" Studio Recording
Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos, with “Hurt So Bad” Studio Recording Friends

Her entire life, Jenni Rivera’s life played out like a long-running telenovela with more ups and downs, twists and turns than any woman should ever have to go through in order to take care of her five children. “For me, it was about making sure my kids had plenty of frijoles, queso and tortillas to eat,” she said at the 2012 Impact Awards. Rivera pushed herself hard to succeed which she did beyond any stretch of the imagination.

One of Rivera’s last projects before her untimely and tragic death, included recording a duet with Oscar-nominated actor, Edward James Olmos for their indie film, Filly Brown, which is slated for release on April 19th. I don’t think anyone had any idea how the recorded pop ballad “Hurts So Bad” would turn out, but after listening to it… they need not worry. “Hurts So Bad” is perfect for the film and it is destined to be a Billboard hit.

“Hurt So Bad” track premiered exclusively on Billboard (link below). The song was written by Olmos, Rivera, Arthur Dominguez, Mico Olmos, Chris Perez, Edward “E-Dub” Rios and David Salas, who performs background vocals.

Jenni Rivera Still
Jenni Rivera in “Filly Brown”

“Hurt So Bad”

In a Billboard statement, Lisa “Khool Aid” Rios, a Filly Brown producer, said, “That session was like Chicano heaven. We feel honored to have been part of history that will live on forever.”

Silent Giant Entertainment, founded by married team, Lisa and Edward Rios, produced “Hurt So Bad” independently for Filly Brown which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. The Soundtrack goes on sale April 16.

Jenni Rivera 2For Rivera, recording in English and co-starring in an English-language film was a dream come true. When she recorded the duet “Hurt So Bad” no one could know that it would turn out to be a prophetic prelude to the tragedy that was soon to come. Rivera died in a plane crash on December 9th after finishing up a concert in Monterey, Mexico.

We will never know how far she would have gone in her English-language career as a singer and actress, but we do know she fulfilled her dreams. And, we know that in her first and only acting job, she was magnificent. She leaves a legacy for many struggling women, especially single mothers, abused victims… as an inspiration.

Filly Brown, stars Sundance’s “it” girl, Gina Rodriguez in the role of Majo, an inspiring Latina rapper surviving life in Los Angeles. Rivera portrays her mother who is incarcerated and struggling with drug-addiction. The independent film is co-directed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos. Rodriguez is convincing as a rapper and performs her own songs which have garnered great reviews.

“Hurts So Bad” takes you back to a time when “oldies” were the norm and parties in home garages were the rave. Listening to “Hurts So Bad” stirs you to get on your feet and sway your body in a way you did when slow dancing with your boy or girl crush. Yet, “Hurts So Bad” has a young and current vive and Rivera fans will not be disappointed.

I knew Edward James Olmos started his career as a rocker playing on Sunset Blvd. clubs. Acting took over and a lot of us forgot he also sings. Olmos’ duet with la Diva de la Banda is magical.

Filly Brown also features other recording artists: Chingo Bling, Baby Bash, Dominator, Braxton Millz, MC Magic, Chrissie Fit, Ese Daz, Nikki Diaz, DamonReel, Jae Black, Fade Dogg, Carolyn Rodriguez, Malik and a spoken dedication to Rivera by Khool Aid:

“Dear Jenni — You’ve left us with an empty place in our heart. It’s not just an ordinary empty place. It’s an empty place that needs to be filled in all we do moving forward… know that you’ll live on.”

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Elia Esparza is a leading expert in communications and journalism targeting the burgeoning Hispanic market and has produced and written dozens of articles. President and CEO of Always Evolving PR and a Communications Specialist, Elia, incorporates her 18 years experience in the areas of entertainment and education public relations, and marketing. promotions, market research and translations (Eng/Span).

One thought on “Jenni Rivera and Edward James Olmos Recorded “Filly Brown’s” Pop Ballad Before Her Death

  • March 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Love baby bash and Jeni they are amazing

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