Selena Quintanilla-Perez (April 16, 1971 - March 31, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.
Biography[edit | edit source]
When She Was Young[edit | edit source]
Born Selena Quintanilla on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas. Selena was considered the "Queen of Tejano", a type of Mexican music that incorporated other styles, such as country. Selena began to sing when she was a child in her families band. She didn't know how to speak Spanish at that time but learned the Spanish lyrics. The family band was called Selena Y Los Dinos. They started singing at weddings and clubs. The band members included her brother, who played the guitar and sister, who played the drums. She was the lead singer. Her father Abraham, a former musician, managed and produced the group.
Music[edit | edit source]
Selena was very popular with her music. She won Best Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the 1987 Tejano Music Awards. Her album Ven Conmigo (1990) was the first Tejano record to achieve gold record status, meaning it sold more than 500,000 copies. In 1992 Selena married Chris Perez who was the lead guitarist in the band.Her recordings continued to have strong sales, and she won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Album in 1993 for her album Live. Amor Prohibido was released that same year and went to gold status.
English Album[edit | edit source]
Selena went to work on an English-language album that she hoped would put her on the top of the U.S. pop music charts. Unfortunately, she did not live to see its success. On March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Selena was shot by Yolanda Saldivar who was the founder of Selena's fan club. Selena was about to fire her because she was reported multiple times of stealing money from her fans. Selena died of blood loss.
After Death[edit | edit source]
After Selena died they produced her album Dreaming of You.The album had two great hits such as I Could Fall In Love and Dreaming of You.She also had another album in 2002 called Ones which had her Spanish songs on it to.The song Bidi Bidi Bom Bom was one of the hits on that album.They also made a movie called Selena starring Jennifer Lopez in it.She was Selena.
Videos[edit | edit source]
|1. Dreaming Of You||2. I Could Fall In Love|