In 1995, she was killed by the creator of her fan club. Her last record, Dreaming of You, was released posthumously in 1995.
Selena was considered the “Queen of Tejano,” a form of Mexican music that included other designs, including state. She was also occasionally called the “Mexican Madonna” for her sexy outfits and dance moves. Selena started performing as a kid.
Round the age of 10, Selena became the lead singer in her family’s group, Selena Y Los Dinos. The musical group started out playing weddings and clubs within their native Texas. Her dad, Abraham, a former musician, managed and created the group. Selena grew up speaking English, but her dad instructed her to sing in Spanish so she could resonate together with the Latino community. She learned the lyrics phonetically in the beginning, and finally learned to speak Spanish fluently.
In 1992, Selena took enough of a pause from her hectic schedule to wed Chris Perez, the group’s lead guitarist, that April.
Her records continued to have strong sales, and she won the Grammy Award (finest Mexican American record) in 1993 for her record Live. In 1994, she and the group played numerous tour dates in Nyc, California, Puerto Rico and Argentina. Amor Prohibido was launched that same year, and went gold.
Shortly after Live’s release, Selena went to work with an English language record that she expected would set her on the very best of the U.S. pop music charts. Sadly, she didn’t live to see its success. Saldivar were managing Selena’s boutique in San Antonio, and was going to be fired for embezzling cash. Selena’s murder sent shockwaves throughout the Latino community, and her devotees all over the world mourned the vocalist’s passing.
Selena’s first English language record, Dreaming of You, premiered after her passing and became a tremendous success. Her music remains popular now. Since her untimely death, Selena’s life story is the topic of a 1997 movie, Selena, which stars Jennifer Lopez as the Tejano star and James Edward Olmos as her dad.