Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known simply as Selena, was a Mexican-American singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1990s with her electrifying performances and memorable hits. Her music, which blended elements of Tejano, pop, and Latin music, resonated with audiences around the world and earned her numerous awards and accolades.
Selena's journey to stardom began at a young age. She was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas, to Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla. From a young age, Selena was interested in music and began singing in her family's band, Selena y Los Dinos, when she was just nine years old.
In 1982, Selena y Los Dinos recorded their first album, "Alpha," which was released on the small independent label Cara Records. The album featured a mix of traditional Tejano music and pop-influenced tracks, and was well received by fans and critics alike.
Over the next few years, Selena and the band continued to perform and record music, releasing several more albums and building a dedicated following in the Tejano music scene. In 1989, Selena released her first solo album, "Dulce Amor," which featured some of her most popular songs, including "La Carcacha" and "Buenos Amigos."
As Selena's career took off, she began to expand her reach beyond the Tejano music scene. She signed with EMI Latin in 1989, and released her fifth studio album, "Ven Conmigo," in 1990. The album was a major success, and helped to establish Selena as a major player in the Latin music industry.
Throughout the 1990s, Selena released several more albums, including "Entre a Mi Mundo," "Amor Prohibido," and "Dreaming of You," which was released posthumously after Selena's tragic death in 1995. These albums spawned numerous hit songs and solidified Selena's place as one of the most beloved and influential Latin artists of all time.
Selena's impact on the music industry and on popular culture cannot be overstated. Her talent, charisma, and drive inspired millions of fans around the world, and her legacy lives on through her music and the many artists she influenced. Her "primeras grabaciones," or first recordings, marked the beginning of a career that would go on to change the face of Latin music forever.