Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson Texas. She is the youngest daughter of Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Ofelia Quintanilla. When she was six years old, her father noticed her musical abilities. Her father told the People magazine that her timing, her pitch was perfect. Selena’s father taught her to sing Spanish so she could resonate with Latino community even she grew speaking English. At the age of 10, Selena became the lead singer in her family’s band, Selena Y Los Dinos. Selena’s father, Abraham managed and produced the group. Tejano is a type of Mexican music that incorporates other styles that made Selena the Queen of Tejano. Selena was also referred to as the Mexican Madona for her sexy outfits and dance moves. Then, she made her recording debut in the ‘80s, and become an award-winning recording artist.
Furthermore, in 1987, she won both Best Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year. Selena is the first Tejano record artist to achieve gold record status. Her album Amor Prohibido reached No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Chart in 1994. Also, in the same year, the band debuted in New York, Los Angeles, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Moreover, in the same year, she becomes the first female crossover Latin artist signed to SBK. On March 31, 1995, Yolanda Saldivar the founder of the Selena fan club murdered Selena in Corpus Christi. Her murder sent shockwaves through her fans around the world mourned the singer’s passing. After her death, her English-language album Dreaming of You became a huge hit.
Also, her life story became the subject of a 1997 film, Selena, which stars Jennifer Lopez as the Tejano superstar. In February 2019, Texas State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos introduced a bill that would designate April 16, Selena’s birthday, as a holiday. She released five studio albums, three live albums, three boxsets, two remix albums, one soundtrack album, and twenty compilation albums. Credited for elevating a music genre into the mainstream market, Selena remains the best-selling Tejano recording artist whose posthumous releases continue to outsell those of living musicians. Finally, as of 2015, Selena has sold over 65 million units worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist in Latin music history.