9 May 2011
Selena Quintanilla: Queen of Tejano
“Never in my dreams would I have thought I would become this big. I am still freaking out” (Tower 245). This quote was made my Selena Quintanilla, a contemporary artist. Selena wasn’t aiming for that big in the charts or in popularity. After all the years of practice, rehearsals, and hard-work, the unexpected blow of being number one shocked her. Selena was doing it just for her family, herself, and for fun. What made her so popular and interesting was the true power, her music cross-over. Selena Quintanilla was known as the Mexican Madonna because of her sultry voice and energetic dance movements and, also, earned the title “Queen of Tejano” because of her music and the distinction of crossing the musical barrier that all Latino artists were afraid of making. Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas (“Selena” Newsmaker). She was born to Abraham and Marcela Quintanilla and was the youngest sister to Suzette and A.B. Selena’s father, Abraham, used to be a vocalist of a popular band, called Los Dinos, in South Texas playing popular rock ‘n’ roll songs with some traditional Mexican music (“Selena” Encyclopedia) . He married Marcela and settled down and became a shipping clerk at the Dow Chemical Plant to have children. He passed down his musical genes to his kids. Suzette learned to play the drums, A.B. learned to play the bass guitar, and Selena became a natural singer (“Selena” Encyclopedia). She practiced her voice all the time with the songs she loved. She also practiced with her siblings doing “jam sessions” (Tower 243). Abraham, after years of working for others, opened up his own restaurant (“Selena” Newsmakers). Selena, A.B., and Suzette became a band, called Selena y Los Dinos, and first played at their father’s restaurant (Tower 243). There was an economy recession and it made things difficult. The restaurant was closed down and they packed their...