Selena Quintanilla

Born in the year 1971, Selena Quintanilla was the youngest child of Marcella Ofelia Quintanilla (mother) and Abraham Quintanilla (father). Adding on, being the youngest child, she made her debut as a member of the band, Selena y Los Dinos.

Known as the “Queen of Tejano music”, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer whose magnificent and notable contributions to music made her the supremely celebrated Mexican-American entertainer of the late 20th century.

In addition to the same, Selena Quintanilla was also featured in Billboard magazine in the year 2020. Moreover, she has been honored third place in the list of “Greatest Latino Artists of All Time” and was also ranked as the most influential Latin artist.

 “The reason I’m appreciative of everything that’s going on around me is that I never expected it, and I want to keep that attitude.”- Quintanilla’s Quote On Character

Quickies about Selena Quintanilla

  • D.O.B. – April 16, 1971
  • Zodiac Sign- Aries
  • Born In– Lake Jackson, Texas
  • Also Known As- Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
  • Parents– Marcella Ofelia Quintanilla (Mother) and Father (Abraham Quintanilla)
  • Siblings– Suzette Quintanilla (Sister) A.B. Quintanilla (Brother)
  • Spouse– Chris Pérez ​(Married in the year 1992)
  • Demise– March 31, 1995
  • Place– Texas
  • Selena’s Grave– Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, Texas

Early Life

  • Born in a musical family, Selena Quintanilla was the youngest child and her father led a band in the late 1990s that played rock music along with traditional Mexican Music.
  • Later, this music was stated as Tejano Music and was considered the most promising music throughout the southwest United States and Mexico.
  • Though Selena Quintanilla did not know Spanish in her early life, during her phase of her initial recording session’s in1985, she learned Spanish under the guidance of her father.
  • Adding on to the same, right after her recording, Selena made her appearance on the Johnny Canales Show, a popular Spanish-language radio program, where she was later awarded the Female Vocalist of the Year award in 1987 and maintained the same for the next 9 consecutive years

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Quintanilla’s Family

Being the youngest child in her family, Selena always proved herself to her father (Abraham Quintanilla), but with her growing popularity and increasing demand, her education began to suffer. In continuation to the same, seeing the continuous interference and major impact on her studies, her father took her out of school.

Selena Quintanilla also shared a good relationship with her siblings Suzette Quintanilla (Sister), A.B.Quintanilla (Brother).

Her Education

Despite facing several challenges, Selena continued her studies and earned a high school diploma from the American School of Correspondence in Chicago. Moreover, in the future, she also secured admission at Pacific Western University, where she studied Business Administration as her major subject.

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Career and Major Works

Selena’s First Album Cover

In the early stage, Selena Quintanilla deiced to record her first album during her tour to record Mexican music. Moreover, in her first album cover, she recorded Corpus Christi’s Freddie labelled in the year 1984.

Additionally, when her new single “Ya Se Va, “did not do well in the early phase, Selena Quintanilla decided to continue her passion for music by doing a band tour in the southwest United States.

Furthermore, in the year 1989, on October 17, Selena Quintanilla released her first album, which was then launched by EMI Latin. Speaking of her music, it extensively absorbs a wide range of contemporary genres with different styles of Mexican music and a mix of Cumbia.

When Did Selena Quintanilla Start Singing

  • In the initial stage of her life, Selena began to sing at the age of 10 and also became a singer in her family band.

Other Famous Works

Listed below are some of the Albums recorded by Selena 

  • Ven Conmigo October 06, 1990, by EMI Latin (Label), under the certification Platinum with sales of 500,000.
  • Amor Prohibido, this album was released on March 13, 1994, by EMI Latin (Label), under the certification Platinum with sales of 1,246,000.
  • Entre a Mi Mundo, this album was released on March 13, 1994, by EMI Latin (Label), under the certification Platinum with sales of 600,000.

Selena Quintanilla Movie

  • Intending to pay a tribute to the “Queen of Tejano Music”, a movie named Selena written and directed by Gregory Nava, was made.
  • This was more of an American biographical musical drama film, released in the year 1997.
  • The film highlights the life and career of Selena Quintanilla before she was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar.

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Selena Quintanilla Outfits

  • Her clothing style was extremely ravishing and she even began manufacturing her outfit along with her designer Martin Gomez with designs and styles of Latin American texture.
  • Later her dressing sense and choice of choosing beautiful outfits became her trademark on stage.
  • Adding on, as per the Hispanic Business magazine report Selena earned over $5 million from these boutiques.

Quintanilla’s Costume

  • Selena helped her mother with designing her stage costumes and she even also opened up several clothing boutiques in Texas.
  • The attractive Bedazzled Bralettes, Colorful two-piece sets, and flared pants made her the biggest style icon.
  • Moreover, in the 1986 Tejano Music Awards, Selena’s all-black ensemble gained the attention of all her fans.

Selena Quintanilla Photoshoot

  • Let us take you through the initial journey of her charismatic Photoshoot that was done was her father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., and Chris Perez, her husband.
  • Later, between 1992 and 1994, John Dyer did her ravishing photoshoot, wherein the singer looked ravishing, in her first shoot for a full article shoot for a national magazine.

Her Short Hair

  • An obscure fact about the quintessential diva, Selena that her fans might not know, is that the singer had don curly hair during the initial stages of her career.

Quintanilla’s House

  • Selena spent most of her life living in Lake Jackson, a city in Brazoria County, Texas, United States.
  • At the time of her demise, she was in Days Inn, Corpus Christi, Texas

Quintanilla’s Husband

  • Selena Quintanilla released her “Breakthrough Album”, Entre a Mi Mundo, in the year 1992, which helped the artist in launching her singing career in Mexico along with its single “Como la Flor”.
  • Adding on, her “Breakthrough Album”, Entre a Mi Mundo, not only became the first Tejano recording by a female artist, but it also made a huge selling over 300,000 copies.
  • Later in the same year, Selena Quintanilla came across an opportunity offered by Coca-Cola, where she met Chris Pérez in Texas, United States.
  • Selena Quintanilla and Chris Pérez were secretly attracted to each other.
  • They dated for a couple of months and then married in 1992, three years before the sudden demise of Selena Quintanilla.

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The Mysterious Death

  • In the early 90s, Yolanda Saldivar was appointed as the manager of Selena’s boutiques. Besides this, Yolanda Saldivar later signed the agreement with Selena as her registered agent.
  • Later, both faced a decline in their business which led to major misconceptions and a heated argument between the two.

 Quintanilla’s Killer

  • Yolanda Saldivar conspired against Selena, met her in her hotel room in Corpus Christ, took out a gun, and shot Selena.
  • Yolanda Saldivar later claimed that the gunshot was accidental, but she has sentenced to life imprisonment in October 1995.
  • Saldivar is to be released on parole in 2025, as she has served nearly 30 years of her imprisonment.

Selena Quintanilla Funeral

  • The conspired demise of Selena left her fans in big shock, as more than 3,000 fans were drawn to her funeral in Bayfront Plaza in Corpus Christi.
  • Additionally, during her funeral, more than 30,000 fans signed a book of condolence.

Selena Quintanilla Museum

  • Selena holds a special place in the story of Corpus Christi, where the Selena Quintanilla Museum was built by the Quintanilla family.
  • This museum was built intending to celebrate the life and achievements of Selena for her fans.
  • This museum includes a tour of Selena’s stage outfits, and memorabilia, her red Porsche, the Grammy award and a lot more.

Quintanilla’s Net Worth

Selena Quintanilla
Selena Quintanilla
  • As per some records, it is stated that Selena had earned a few million dollars before her demise in 1995.
  • Adding on her confirmed net worth was $164,000 when she passed away.

Selena Quintanilla Last Words

  • When her killer Yolanda Saldívar shot her, Quintanilla collapsed on the floor with blood all around her. Then she uttered her last words, which were “Yolanda Saldívar in Room 158”.
  • Her last words helped in identifying her killer.

Quintanilla’s Famous Songs

Given below are the best songs of Selena Quintanilla that you would not like to miss, and are as stated:-

SIN UNA VEZ

  • This empowering song is about a woman, who questions herself, that why she ever falls in love with her ex.
  • This song was her personal favorite.

AMOR PROHIBIDO

  • This song is one of the most popular, translated in English to “Forbidden Love”.

This was from Selena’s fourth album.

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Selena Quintanilla- FAQs

Who shot Selena Quintanilla?

Yolanda Saldívar shot her on 31 March, 1995.

How old is Selena now?

She would have been 50 if she was alive today.

What was Selena’s first song?

Se Acabó Aquel Amor

How did Selena Quintanilla die?

She died after Saldivar shot her on March 31, 1995.

How old would Selena Quintanilla be in 2021?

49

How tall was Selena Quintanilla?

She was 1.65 m tall.

Why is Selena Quintanilla famous?

She was famous for her music and as the frontlady of the Selena y Los Dinos band.

Selena Quintanilla education?

She did her schooling at Roberts Elementary School in Lake Jackson and West Oso Junior High in Corpus Christi.

Selena Quintanillas husband?

Chris Perez

What is Selena Quintanilla known for?

Selena Quintanilla, referred to as the “Queen of Tejano Music,” was a well-liked Latin music artist who was murdered at the age of 23 by the leader of her fan club.

What is Selena husband doing now?

Chris is currently active in the music industry as a guitarist, but he is no ordinary musician—in 1999, he won the Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance for the song “Resurrection.” Additionally, he has a spicy sauce business named Perez Pepper Sauce.

When did Selena Quintanilla start singing?

When she was eight, she started her profession. Her father was a member of the Tejano band Los Dinos from 1957 to 1971. He also taught Selena how to sing in Spanish and how to perform in the family band. They gave performances at weddings in Lake Jackson and at the Pappagallo family restaurant.

How old is Selena Quintanilla husband?

He is 52 years old. 

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