Happy 28th Birthday Jencarlos Canela! 15 Best Throwbacks In Cuban Singer's Career

Jencarlos Canela
Jencarlos Canela performs onstage at Telemundo's 'Premios Tu Mundo' Awards 2015 at American Airlines Arena on August 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

Jencarlos Canela is celebrating his birthday in the south--- at least that's what we speculate with the most recent photo he posted on Instagram. "We in the DSouth!!! The Atlanta Crew!! Making music with these sick Mofos has been real!!! I haven't left and I'm already planing to come back!!," expressed the Cuban-American star to his nearly two million followers on the social media platform. 

Thursday marks Canela's 28th birthday and we can't help but celebrate with him from miles away. For those who may not know, Canela is an award-winning actor and singer, who was born in Miami, Fla. to Cuban parents Lisette and Heriberto Canela. He has three siblings, including younger brother Jason Canela, who is an actor. Although he's currently focused in his music career, Canela kicked off his stardom working in telenovelas in the early '00s. With 16 years in the biz, we celebrate Canela's big day with some of the best throwbacks of his acting and singing career. 

1) Let's take it back to his recent gig, where he portrayed Jesus Christ in the musical "The Passion." "It's a huge role. FOX took the risk and said, 'here you go, a latino playing Jesus Christ,'" he told Latin Times ahead of the live show that premiered on Palm Sunday. 

2) He also took the lead as the hilarious Xavier Castillo with Eva Longoria in the NBC comedy she produces "Telenovela." The show premiered early this year. 

Jencarlos Canela (L-R) Jose Moreno Brooks, Alex Meneses, Jencarlos Canela, Eva Longoria, Diana Maria Riva and Izzy Diaz arrive at the 2016 Winter TCA Tour - NBCUniversal Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 13, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Angela Weiss/Getty Images

3) Needless to say, his chemistry with Longoria and co-star Amaury Nolasco is giving us major squad goals! We're not kidding! Check it out in our interview below:

4) The time he hung out with Ricky Martin at a foundation dinner is also giving us life!

Jencarlos Canela (L-R) Actor and musician Jencarlos Canela, actor Amaury Nolasco, Eva Longoria, and Ricky Martin attend Global Gift Foundation Dinner at Auberge Residences & Spa sales office on December 3, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images

5) #TBT to 2014 when he became the first Latino to press the button for the renowned ball drop in New York City's New Year's Eve pachanga.

Jencarlos Canela (L-R) Alek Wek, Sonam Lama, Jencarlos Canela, Nykhor Paul, IRC President and CEO David Miliband, Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, Dante De Blasio and Chiara De Blasio speak onstage at Times Square on December 31, 2014 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for IRC

6) All those adorable moments he shares with his son Nickolas Canela Espino, who he has with baby mama and actress Gaby Espino. 

Jencarlos canela Jencarlos Canela and his son. Adorbz! Instagram/@JencarlosMusic

7) Leading "Mi Corazon Insiste" with Carmen Villalobos in 2011 nabbed him the 2012 Premios Tu Mundo award for Favorite Lead Actor. 

8) That time in 2014 when he won Best Captain on Univision's reality show "Va Por Ti."

Jencarlos Canela Jencarlos in "Va Por Ti" Instagram/@JencarlosMusic

9) Throwback to his first studio album, "Buscame," released in 2009. 

Jencarlos_Canela Jencarlos' debut studio album Bullseye music

10) #TBT to all those late night studio sessions.

Jencarlos Canela Jencarlos in the studio Instagram/@JencarlosMusic

11) Where he worked on HOT singles such as "Bajito" ft. Ky-Mani Marley and Maffio.

12) And we mean HOT!!! 

13) #TBT to all of the times he fills his Instagram with shirtless photos... yasssss!

Jencarlos Canela Jencarlos Canela Instagram/@JencarlosMusic

14) Dios mio! Que pecado!!!

Jencarlos Canela Jencarlos Canela Instagram/@JencarlosMusic

15) Thank you for existing!!!

Jencarlos Canela Jencarlos Canela Instagram/@JencarlosMusic

And despite THIS throwback picture, Jencarlos Canela is our forever main squeeze. Happy birthday!

Jencarlos Canela Jencarlos Canela attends the Premios Juventud 2014 at The BankUnited Center on July 17, 2014 in Coral Gables, Florida. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Univision

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Jessica Lucia Roiz

Jessica L. Roiz is a Miami-based bilingual journalist of Nicaraguan descent. In addition to Latin Times, she's published in VOXXI, The Miami Herald, Huffington Post, La Opinion, El Nuevo Herald, The Latin Kitchen and more. With over 10-years experience in digital media, she's nothing but passionate and creative with her work. When she's not writing or editing videos, she can be found listening to rock en Español, dancing bachata, reading Paulo Coelho, missing Selena Quintanilla or relaxing in Nicaragua. She's also the founder of ALoNica con la Roiz and PulsoPOP