Selena Perez By: Cyndy Trinh
Selena Quintanilla Perez was born on April, 16, 1971. • At age 8, Selena worked singing at bars, weddings, restaurants, fairs, and such. The band she worked in was called "Selena Y Los Dinos" formed by her father, Abraham Quintanilla. • When Selena was younger, she wasn’t much into dolls, but she played challenging games. You can say she was a tomboy.
Instead of having a normal childhood, her father, a professional and experienced Musician and ex-member of the original "Los Dinos" from the nineteen-sixties, influenced Selena and her three brothers to be dedicated Musicians. • The Country/Tex-Mex band officially started in 1981. • The band was considered to be the "family business" of the Quintanilla family. • This business was the main source they relied on to put food on the table.
In the late nineteen-eighties Selena Y Los Dinos gained popularity in the western states, which by then Mexican immigrants were more prominent in the United States than ever. • Because of her career, she stopped attending school, which was bad. • She continued her education on the road. • At the 1987 Tejano Music Awards, Selena won Best Female Vocalist
In 1988, she released two albums, Preciosa and Dulce Amor. • In 1989, José Behar, the former head of Sony Music Latin, signed Selena with Capitol/EMI. • He later said that he signed Selena because he thought he had discovered the next Gloria Estefan. Selena signed a contract with Coca-Cola to become one of its advertising spokesmen in Texas that same year.
In 1991, her duet with Salvadoran singer Alvaro Torres "Buenos Amigos" (Good Friends) became her first number one song. • Selena married Chris Perez, the lead guitarist of Los Dinos, on April 2nd, 1992. • In 1993, she won a Grammy for Best Mexican-American performance for her album Selena Live. Also in 1993, she began designing and manufacturing a clothing line. She opened two Selena Etc. boutiques; one in Corpus Christi and one in San Antonio. • On February 26th 1995 she played to over 65,000 fans at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the Houston Astrodome. The Last Concert, a DVD of her performance, was released September 2nd 2003. • In 1995, she was murdered at age 23 at the Days Inn, Room 158, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Citations • http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/selena-biography/a2442e73bb17ff4448256895002bdc45 • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena • http://www.selenaforever.com/ • http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=dfl&GRid=1460