We all know the notable singer of America who is also a songwriter by profession named Selene Quintanilla. Not only does she have two career interests, but she is also a model, fashion designer, spokesperson as well as an actress. Like many others, the popular singer also has her own stage name, which is Queen of Tejano Music. Being such a graceful singer, she was regarded as one of the most successful and best-selling singers of Latin songs in the period of 1990s. Not only did she made her position in the field of music, but she also has a prominent position in the field of fashion.
She started the venture out of the field in the period of late 20th century. But, we all must be curious how someone who is a Tejano singer can be so popular. But let me crack the bubble, she made her name and fame by making Tejano music a new genre of music. Her passion for music grew from her mother, who was by profession a singer and songwriter as well. Being passionate about singing, she started her career in the early period of the 1980s. Her first steps towards her music career were when she joined their family band named Selena y Los Dinos. Gradually with time, she came to the mainstream after the release of her debut album named Entre a Mi Mundo. The songs of the album not only were praised by the critics but also made their way to the first position in the list of the Regional Mexican Albums, The chart consisted of songs that were in the trending for a total of 32 weeks.
Apart from that, she also released another of her popular singles titled Como La Flor. The song earned so much popularity that it was later regarded as one of her signature songs. Soon enough she released another of her album named Life!. Being such a talented singer, she made her way to the Grammy Awards and won it as well. She was awarded the prestigious Grammy Award under the category named Best Mexican/ American Album. Not only that but she also became the first female artist to win the prestigious Grammy Award in her time.
Not only does her career field stops here, but it continues. She was chosen to be the spokesperson for the popular soda brand named Coca-Cola. But as fate may happen, she also had her own rivalries and problems. She was shot by one of the former employees of her company named Selena Etc. Boutiques. But being such a great personality, her birthday was made one of the most notable days in the history of Texas by the then governor named George W. Bush. The day was titled Selena Day.
Childhood and education
Born on the 16th of April 1971 in the beautiful Lake Jackson, which is in Texas in the United States, was none other than but the beautiful girl who grew up to be one of the greatest singers of Texas named Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. She was born in a family of musicians where her father named Abraham Quintanilla Jr, was by profession a former musician. On the other hand, her mother’s name was Marcella Ofelia Quintanilla. Being a musician her father established a band named Selena y Los Dinos. Selena made her debut with being a front singer of the band. She joined the band in 1981. Having been born into a family of musicians, she also has two older siblings who were the drummer and guitarist of the band.
Talking about her education, during her graduation years, she was enrolled in a popular school named American School of Correspondence. She completed her graduation years with flying colors. Being an intelligent student she was enrolled in the esteemed university named Pacific Western University. Within a few years of her joining the family band, she released her debut LP named Selena y Los Dinos. Apart from that, in the very next year, she earned the opportunity to be a part of a popular program broadcasted on radio, which was in the Spanish Language. The name of the was Jonny Canales Show. She was a part of the show to promote her debut album.
Being such a great singer, she also made her way to win the Tejano Music Award under the category of being the Female Vocalist of the Year. She won the award in 1987. Now, you all must be curious about why such a great Tejano singer gets an award after 7 years of her stepping into the field of music. So the reason behind this is since Tejano is a genre under folk music, it took time for the critics to notice someone who sings Tejano music so well. She was first discovered by renowned critics’ named Rick Trevino. By the very next year is in 1988, she released not one but five consecutive LP records, namely Alpha, And the Winner is Munequito de Trapo, Dulce Amor as well as Preciosa.
Being a part of her family band, she earned quite a lot of fame. After some time that is on the 17th of October in 1989, she released her debut album, which was self-titled. Being impressed with her work, she earned an opportunity to get produced by the popular music producing company named EMI Latin Records. Other than that, the recording was scheduled at the popular recording studio of Texas named AMEN Studios. Being such a talented singer, her song named Sukiyaki made its way to the list of the US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums. Other than that, in that very year, she was chosen as the spokesperson for the popular soda brand named Coca-Cola. The popular first two jingles that we used to hear in the advertisement of Coca-Cola were sung by her and were composed by her brother named Quintanilla III as well as by the popular guitarist of their band named Chris Perez.
After some time, in the very next year, that is in 1990, she released her second studio album named Ven Conmigo. There were many songs in the album, among all of them, the most popular song was Baila Esta Cumbia, which was later regarded as one of her most popular songs. Following the success of the album, in the very next year, that is in 1991, she released another of her popular album named Naada Se Compara Contigo. For one of the many songs, she collaborated with a popular singer named Alvaro Torres. Together they created the popular song named Buenos Amigos. The song was sung by two of the most successful singers of their times, which further lead the song to get positioned at the top of the U.S Billboard Top Latin Songs. Not only that but it also increased the play on her live show on the popular radio channel.
In the following year that is in 1992, she released her album, which leads to the breakthrough in her career. The name of the album was Entre a Mi Mundo. The album made its way to the first position in the list named Regional Mexican Album. The list consisted of songs that remained on the trending for a period of 32weeks consecutively. Apart from that, in the very next year that is in 1993, she released another of her popular albums named Live!. Sang by such a great signer, the song made its way and earned Selena the nomination for the most prestigious award that is the Grammy Award.
Not only does she have one of the most successful careers in the field of music, but also made her way to the small screen. She made a guest appearance in the popular television series named Dos Mujeres Un Camino. Being such a great singer, she has a list of magnificent works. Not only was she passionate about music but also had a passion for fashion. Being popular she made her own clothing line with the named Selena Etc. Soon enough she opened her boutiques at the popular places, namely in Corpus Christi and San Antonio. Apart from that, in the very next year that is in 1994, she released another of her album named Amor Prohibido. Being such a good song, the song made its way to the list of the Best Selling Latin Albums in the United States.
Being such a prominent singer and songwriter of America is Selena Quintanilla- Perez. Unlike any other singer, she is mostly known by her first name that is Selena. Not only was she a prominent personality in the field of music, but also made her way to be the prominent personality in the field of fashion as well as acting. With all this, Selena Quintanilla has a net worth of somewhere around $5million at the time of her death.
Being such a prominent singer and songwriter of America is Selena Quintanilla- Perez has a list of never-ending awards. She won her first-ever award in 1994. She was awarded the prestigious award that is the Regional Mexican Female Artist. Not only one, but she won two awards in that very year is Female Vocalist of the Year award. She won both the awards for her debut album named Selena. Other than that, in that very year which is in 1994 itself, she earned the nomination for the Grammy Awards. Not only nominations, but also she won the award. She was awarded the award for one of her most popular albums named Live!. She won the prestigious Grammy Award under the category of Best Mexican/American Album. Not only that, but she was also awarded the Tejano Music Awards under the category of Record of the Year. She won the award in 1995 for her popular album named Amor Prohibido. Her song also won the Regional/ Mexican Album of the Year.
Apart from that, she was also awarded the Billboard Latin Music Award for her popular tracks named Tu Solo Tu, Selena as well as Amor Prohibido. Being such a successful singer, she made her way to be placed on the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame. Not only that, but her name was also included in the Hard Rock Cafe’s Hall of Fame as well as in the South Texas Music Hall of Fame. Apart from that, she acquired the fifth position in the list of the 100 most influential Latin Musicians of the 20th Century. The list was published by the Orange Country Register.