Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas. At a young age Selena started to preform and was known at the Mexican Madonna. She became a lead singer in her family's band at the age of 10. The band had only played at parties like weddings and clubs around Texas. Selena grew up speaking and singing in English and her father eventually taught her how to speak Spanish. She had first started to sing in spanish and then as she kept on learning she spoke Spanish fluently.