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Selena Perez Essay Research Paper Imagine what

Selena Perez Essay, Research Paper

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 would need more then Selena so

Abraham made Abraham III (nicknamed A.B.) her older brother, and Suzette, her

older sister. A.B. already knowing the drums, Suzette already knowing the drum,

and Selena having an awesome voice started their band, ?Selena Y Los Dinos?.

They started practicing together and performer a little. In 1980, Abraham and

Marcella opened up a Mexican restaurant. At first business was booming, Abraham

even had to quit his shipping clerk job to devote his full time and attention to

the restaurant. Unfortunatly after the Texas Oil Bust of 1981, the restaurant

went bankrupt and had to be shut down. So Abraham bought a bus and ?Selena Y

Los Dinos? began to tour the Texas countryside. At age 13 Selena had to leave

8th grade and start taking high school correspondence courses by mail. Selena

sang almost exclusively Spanish. She sang a Tex-Mex pop called Tejano. They made

there first recording in 1984, slowly people started to notice and love Selena,

but by her being a female Tejano performer, no one thought she would actually

last, because the Tejano industry of music was ruled over by men, and although

many women had tried, they rarely made it to stardom. Little did they know that

?Selena Y Los Dinos? would climb the charts and end up being the top Tejano

band in the country. It was in 1987, that they really started to make it to the

top. All the recording and touring throughout the 80?s 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. It was a

great accomplishment for a 15 year old girl. Until then the two categories

didn?t even exist. Her fame was definitely being brought to the Latino

communities, but Selena wanted more. In 1989, Selena and her band were signed to

EMI, also known as Capitol Records, releasing there album a year later. Over the

next few years Selena became one of the most popular Tejano Performers. In 1992,

Selena and her lead guitarist Chris Perez eloped, after her father had forbid

for them to see each other. Her family later welcomed him into the family with

open arms. In 1994, Selena?s first mainstream exposure came in, she played a

singer in the 1993 film Don Juan DeMarco. Also in 1994 she won a Grammy for

?Best Mexican/American Album? for her album ?Selena: Live?. It was her

first time ever being nominated for a Grammy. Also, later that year she opened

?Selena Ect.? Two fashion boutiques located in Texas. Her outstanding

success, concerts, and now boutiques attracted many fans, including Yolanda

Salvidar, who would have a big effect on Selenas life later on. Toward the very

end of 1994 Selena signed a major world wide English- language crossover album

recording contract. ?Dreaming of You? was released in February 1995. 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?s

head that anything could stop Selena. And then tragedy struck? After the

record-breaking concert, Selena and her father came to realize that Yolanda

Salvidar, who was now her fan club president, had been embezzling funds from the

boutiques. On March 5th, 1995 Selena went to a hotel to meet up with Yolanda to

recover the missing paperwork. It was said that the women argued loudly and then

Yolanda pulled out a handgun and shot Selena as she was leaving.