Imagine standing among a crowd of adoring fans cheering on a famous singer that is dancing and twirling on stage. This is what many of Selena Quintanilla fans experienced at her lively concerts. Selena Quintanilla was a Mexican - American singer that was on the verge of stardom before being tragically shot. She inspired many people and was a beloved idol. Selena Quintanilla is an influential person because of her upbringing, her singing legacy, her humanitarian work, and her death.
On April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas, a little girl named Selena Quintanilla – Perez was born. She was born to Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Quintanilla. Selena Quintanilla- Perez has 2 siblings named Abraham Quintanilla 3rd and Suzette Quintanilla. Mrs. Quintanilla- Perez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and a fashion designer. She was also known as the Queen of Tejano music and to the media outlets they called her “Tejano Madonna” for her clothing choices. Selena Quintanilla- Perez was raised as a Jehovah’s witness. When Selena Quintanilla was 6 years old her father discovered her talent at sing. Her father told the People Magazine that her timing, her pitch was perfect, I could see it from day one. Mr.
Selena Quintanilla Pérez was a tejano music singer. Selena had the voice of an angel. Her life was filled with singing, bus trips, and gas station food. Unfortunately, Selena tragically got shot dead by her fan club president, Yolanda. Her short lifetime from beginning to end is filled with up’s and downs.
Selena was born and raised in Texas. She grew up speaking English. Her father taught her to sing in Spanish which she learns to speak fluently in. Selena started singing Tejano music being a Mexican descendant you think she would have the support of México. WRONG! Tejano musicians were not welcome in Mexico because it was different from regular Mexican music. Not caring about the risk, it would have on her career Selena did publicly in Mexico, and she won fans over in interviews and performances. Selena connected more with Latino community by donating to charities, performing benefits concerts, hosting fundraisers and donating as much time she could to efforts. Even with her giving back to Latino community her success inspired many Latinos. Many bicultural Latino women and men felt a connection to her cause she manages to do what many Latinos try to do in the US. And, that navigate through two cultures which she successfully did. As you know Selena was Murder by her fan club president Yolanda Saldivar. This shock the whole world and of course the Latino community. Her fans around the mourned her death. “Gone way too soon” is what her younger fans are saying (Rodriguez). She continues to live in the hearts of Latino young or old everywhere. “There haven’t been enough people like in the Latino community, so people continue to turn to her and commemorate her” (Paredez). Even in death, she continues to inspire many Latino musicians and actresses today. For example, Jennifer Lopez who started as Selena herself in the biographical film “Selena” base on Selena life till death. Gave Jennifer a break out acting role and Jennifer even said, "This amazing, beautiful spirit, full of joy and music and so much feeling, just was cut off in the middle of being,” (Lopez). Even though she was taken away from this earth Selena continues to live on and be an inspiration to the
Another obstacle that she overcame was sexism because Tejano was a male dominated genre. Woman rarely and was not expected to succeed and basically when Selena came out, she put Tejano back on the market. She redefined Tejano something that male singers didn’t do.
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
I chose to watch Selena. Overall, the movie was really good. I chose it because it looked like a movie I would watch just for fun. I figured if the movie is good then the paper will be easier for me to write. I have also heard a lot about Selena, so the movie tied the pieces of information I already knew together. I feel like I learned a lot about her relationship with her family. She started out singing with her brother and sister in a band their dad made and named Selena y los Dinos (Selena and the Boys). Her brother, A.B., was the bass player, Selena did the lead vocals, and her sister, Suzette, played the drums. They started out playing at a Mexican restaurant their parents owned. However, they gained attention and developed a fan base from that. Eventually, they begin touring around Texas at State Fairs. Selena grows up and her music and style does too. She meets the love of her life, who also happened to be her guitarist. They get married even though Selena’s father did not allow her to see him. She is later killed by the president of her fan club over a paperwork dispute. Her music career is cut short and she died before she got the chance to make her way into mainstream pop music.
First, I will talk about her childhood and how she became famous. Selena Quintanilla was a Mexican singer. According to biography.com she was born on “April 16,1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas.” She was known as the “Queen of Tejano” which is a style of Mexican music such as country. Selena’s first language was English, but her father taught her to sing in Spanish, so she picked up on the language, and became a fluent Spanish speaker. At the age of 10 Selena was the lead singer in her family’s band known as “Selena Y Los Dinos.” They played in weddings and clubs in Texas but it was hard for them because a lot of people think that women can’t get the attention of men singing Tejano music, but she proved them wrong.
It is clear that her fan base is loyal Fans of Selena Quintanilla even after 20 years of her death, still listen to her music, watch her movie and keep her memory alive. It would seem that the majority of her fan base would be Latin women ranging from ages of the early twenties and older but by reading comments on YouTube of various popular songs, it is clear that she had a wide range of fans. Hundreds of comments expressing their love for Selena and her music. Most comments are of people wishing she was still alive and creating music that would hit the top of the charts. Since she had her English album out shortly after her death, it expanded her fan base to an even larger audience. Even her music in Spanish created a large commotion. People on one of her numerous fan pages on Facebook talk about her music being an outlet, an escape from the bad and an extra push to overcome any challenge either with a relationship or simply just with the struggles of life. One fan expressed her mother’s heartbreak on the YouTube video of Dreaming of You, saying that she remembers the day of Selena’s passing and seeing her mother crying in the living room. A fan even going to the extent of saying that her death impacted more people than the death of John F. Kennedy. There are also hundreds of comments of fans wishing she was still alive to make new music and that it would be clear that Selena would be a
Born in Lake Jackson, Texas on April 16, 1971, Selena Quintanilla-Perez would come to be known as the “Queen of Tejano music.” With the help of different sources to provide evidence and support to my argument, the aim of this paper is to examine how Tejana singer, Selena was able to impact those around her with her career as a musician and through the medium of music. Selena rose to success by continuously crossing over to different markets. She not only impacted her fans one by one, but also brought about social and cultural changes by fleshing out tensions between Anglo and Latino communities by bringing people together through music.
Celia Cruz was one of the most famous Cuban salsa singers. She was nicknamed the Queen of Salsa, with more than thirty-six albums, recorded with some other leading singers in Latin music. Celia worked as a singer for more than forty years, and during that time, she became well known for her vigorous work, great personality, and her emotional way of singing. During her performances, she was well known for being able to improvise lyrics. She was an artist with over six decades of success making her an inspiration to the Latin community as well as the rest of the world.
Selena Quintanilla was such an amazing person inside and out more known as the queen of tejano music. She won the hearts of many people young and old in the little time she was here on earth. Blessing many people with her contagious smile, and positive upbeat attitude. Selena has always had where to pull from when it came to being musically talented. Her father Abraham Quintanilla played in a band called Los Dinos which means the boys in Spanish. He had to give his life up as an artist because he got married and had his first kid. Therefore he had to find a better support system for his family. So when he saw that Selena had talent he focused all his goals and dreams on her. Therefore selena had to make a lot of sacrifices and not live a normal childhood.
The pigs went to take some wine and get drunk, instead of doing their work. Selena on the other hand, selena practiced singing instead of goofing around like the pigs. The pigs were bad at being passionate at their job, because that: “The word went round that from somewhere or other the pigs had acquired the money to buy themselves another case of whiskey”(Orwell 9). In other words,the pigs decided to drink whiskey, and not do what they were told to do. Selena showed better passion about her job is that: “Selana--[than] 15-years old--won Tejano Music Awards for best female vocalist and performer of the year. This was the big break that Selena and the band had worked for years to achieve.Two years later. The Latin division of the EMI Records Group signed the band to a record deal...Selena demonstrated her passion for the musical arts”(Paragraph 9). Selena is a good leader, because she has shown her passion of doing what she is supposed to do and achieve her goals. Not like the pigs. The pigs and Selena are both character and person, that are very different in being passionate at things. Especially Selena she achieved many goals because she was very