Selena Quintanilla Perez By Marlana Quaill
Childhood • Selena was born on April 16th 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas. • She was the youngest child of a Mexican American family. • Her parents were Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Ofelia Samora. • She had one older brother, Abraham, who was nicknamed A.B. and one older sister, Suzette. • Her family was very musically talented.
A Talented Family • When she was three years old, she first showed interest in singing. • By age six she was singing in both English and Spanish, even though she could not speak Spanish. • When she was nine years old, her father started a musical group of her family. • In the band, her sister, Suzette, was on drums and her brother, A.B., was on bass and would later go on to write and produce many of Selena’s songs.
Beginning of Career • Selena released her first album “Mis Primeras Grabaciones” in 1983 and became more popular. • Selena’s father took her out of eighth grade to pursue her singing career. • They instantly received criticism for this act. Some accused them of child labor and other thought it would be bad for them to be around drugs and alcohol. • Despite the critics, Selena continued to sing and did not let it affect her.
Selena, nine years old, and others performing at her father’s restaurant
Rise to Fame • She kept up with her academics while she was becoming famous. • She earned a G.E.D. from a correspondence school when she was seventeen years old. • Her brother A.B. became a songwriter and producer. He helped the band have more originality. • Her music had a unique sound of mixing Colombian Cumbia, Pop, and R&B.
Awards and Honors • At the Tejano Music Awards she was honored with both the “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Performer of the Year”. • EMI Latin signed her to a recording contract in 1989 soon after. • EMI released three albums of Selena’s. • The second, “VenConmigo”, earned gold status. • The third, “Selena Live”, earned a Grammy award. • She was known as the “Queen of Tejano”.
Social Life • Selena eloped to a “Los Dinos” guitarist, Chris Perez. • She opened a pair of Texas boutiques called “Selena Etc.”. • She also appeared in a 1994 romantic comedy called “Don Juan De Marco”.
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