could you Imagine what it would be like to grow up as a performer in a
world that didn’t even except female Tejano singers? Can you imagine how
much courage and work it would take to make it to the top? That’s was Selena
Quintanilla Perez had to go through.
Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas on April 6th, 1971 to Abraham
and Marcella Quintanilla. Abraham was a shipping clerk for a chemical company
and Marcella was a housewife.
Abraham being a well respected Mexican musician, who only sang
English songs, and had his career ruined because of that. American people
didn’t respect him because he was Mexican, and the Mexican people did not
respect them because they sang English songs.
By the time Selena reached age 10, it became very obvious that Selena was
a natural born performer and that she had a great amount of singing talent.
Abraham decided to start a band, he was afraid that the same thing would
happen to her, so he decided to teach her some Spanish songs, but one
problem, Selena only knew how to speak English, so Selena went on with most
of her life not even knowing what the words meant that she was singing.
Well in order to start the band they
"Dreaming of You" was released in February 1995. All the recording and touring throughout the 80"tms finally paid off, because in 1987 "Selena y Los Dinos" came to national attention, when Selena won a Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist and Performer of the Year. In 1980, Abraham and Marcella opened up a Mexican restaurant. With sales booming and Selena holding a record breaking concert at the Houston Astrodome where over 61,000 fans attended, there was no thought in anyone"tms head that anything could stop Selena. " Two fashion boutiques located in Texas. It was said that the women argued loudly and then Yolanda pulled out a handgun and shot Selena as she was leaving. Also in 1994 she won a Grammy for "Best MexicanAmerican Album" for her album "Selena: Live". Selena ran to the hotel"tms lobby and a worker call. In 1994, Selena"tms first mainstream exposure came in, she played a singer in the 1993 film Don Juan DeMarco. It was a great accomplishment for a 15 year old girl. already knowing the drums, Suzette already knowing the drum, and Selena having an awesome voice started their band, "Selena Y Los Dinos". Her fame was definitely being brought to the Latino communities, but Selena wanted more. Her family later welcomed him into the family with open arms.