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Selena

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Lake Jackson TX, United States (1987 – 1995)

Two artists have recorded as Selena: one Mexican-American, the other Dutch.

1. Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 Lake Jackson, Texas – March 31, 1995 Corpus Christi, Texas) best known as Selena, was a Mexican American singer who has been called “The Queen of Tejano music”. The youngest child of a Mexican-American couple, Selena released her first album at the age of twelve. She won Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1987 Tejano Music Awards and landed a recording contract with EMI a few years later. Her fame grew throughout the early 1990s, especially in Spanish-speaking countries.

Selena attained further notability in North America after she was murdered at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club. On April 16, 1995, two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, governor of Texas at the time, declared her birthday “Selena Day” in Texas. Warner Bros. produced Selena, a film based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez in 1997. Selena’s life was also the basis of the musical Selena Forever starring Veronica Vazquez as Selena. As of June 2006, Selena was commemorated with a museum and a bronze life-sized statue (Mirador de la Flor in Corpus Christi, Texas), which are visited by hundreds of fans each week.
Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, to a Mexican father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and a Mexican-American mother, Marcella Ofelia Samora,and was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. She began singing at the age of six; when she was nine her father founded the singing group Selena y Los Dinos, which she fronted. They initially performed at the Quintanilla family’s restaurant, PappaGayo’s, but the restaurant failed shortly afterwards.

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