The Legend Of Selena Quintanilla

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Selena Quintanilla-Perez The underrepresented Tejano music genre didn’t gain popularity out of nowhere. At a time when Latin music and women were not taken seriously, a powerful young Mexican-American woman catalyzed the Tejano industry. Selena’s life starts off as a tumor. Yes, you read correctly; when Selena’s parents went to the doctor’s office they were told that the mother had a tumor and would need to get it removed as soon as possible. Seeking a second opinion, the next doctor told Selena’s parents that they were pregnant. In Lake Jackson, Texas on April 16, 1971 Selena Quintanilla was born to Marcella Samora and Abraham Quintanilla Jr. Selena’s talent, or gift, was discovered by her own father the first time she sung in front of him; he immediately recognized her “perfect pitch”. Her father was a musician and in order to support his family he left his band, but his passion for music did not stop there.…show more content…
It wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but she prevailed. The young and fresh face Selena provided Tejano music popularized the genre; people would associate this genre with older men in the past. Speaking of the men, they didn’t consider Selena to be a threat because she was a woman – at first. They didn’t expect Selena to be a force to be reckoned with until she stole the show! “Selena became very popular with Tejano music fans, and at the 1987 Tejano Music Awards, she won both "Best Female Vocalist of the Year" and "Performer of the Year." Her 1990 album, Ven Conmigo, was the first Tejano record to achieve gold record status, meaning it sold more than 500,000 copies. In 1992, Selena took enough of a break from her hectic schedule to marry Chris Perez, the band's lead guitarist, that April.” (Biography.com Editors). Gaining popularity from both Spanish and English audiences helped Selena win many

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