In 1995, an unknown 12-year-old singer by the name of Jennifer sent a tape to the parents of tejano sensation Selena, Abraham and Marcela Quintanilla, as a way to express her condolences for the superstar's tragic death. The Quintanillas were so moved and impressed by the tape, that they actually decided to represent the young singer. Thus, the brilliant career of the precocious Jennifer and her group Los Jetz was born.
Released in 1998, MARIPOSA is Jennifer's third album, and it continues her familiar style of embellishing the traditional tejano style with sweet pop inflections. The slick production aims straight to the dance floor on the synth-accentuated "Chica Preferida," a song that is also offered in its English version, entitled "Let Me Be the One." Although Jennifer's pleasant voice adds a lot of color to her pop material, she shines when returning to familiar tejano turf, like in the ominous and quietly seductive "Tengo Miedo."