A. B. Quintanilla

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A. B. Quintanilla
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Quintanilla in December 2020
Background information
Birth nameAbraham Isaac Quintanilla III
Also known as
  • A. B. Quintanilla III
  • A. B. Quintanilla
  • King of Kumbia
Born (1963-12-13) December 13, 1963 (age 57)
Toppenish, Washington, United States
OriginLake Jackson, Texas, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • musician
Instruments
  • Bass guitar
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active1982–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.abquintanilla3.com

Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III (born December 13, 1963), known professionally as A. B. Quintanilla III or A. B. Quintanilla, is an American record producer, songwriter and musician, and the older brother of singer Selena, known as "The Queen of Tejano music" .

Along with Selena, his other sister Suzette, and his father Abraham, he became a member of Los Dinos in 1980. As a member of Los Dinos, A. B. played bass guitar, produced, and wrote songs for Selena that became successful singles such as "Como la Flor", "Amor Prohibido" and "No Me Queda Más" [1] After Selena's death, he would create the bands Kumbia Kings and Kumbia All Starz.

Early life[edit]

A. B. Quintanilla III is the oldest of the three children of Abraham Quintanilla Jr., including the late Selena Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

While living in Lake Jackson, Texas, A. B. learned to play the guitar and bass. Alongside Selena, his sister Suzette, and their father, Abraham, he became a member of the successful band Los Dinos. A. B. also became Selena's producer.

He co-wrote Selena's hit songs like "Como la Flor" ("Like the Flower") and "Amor Prohibido" ("Forbidden Love").

A. B.'s sister, Selena, was murdered on March 31, 1995, which greatly devastated him. He helped produce "Como Te Extraño" ("How I Miss You") by Pedro "Pete" Astudillo, which was written for Selena as well as Astudillo's late grandmother. The song earned Astudillo a Premios Lo Nuestro award for Best Song of the Year in 1996.[2]

A. B. Quintanilla later resurfaced in 1999 by creating the Kumbia Kings, which mixed cumbia and pop music. The Kumbia Kings went on an international tour, had several CD releases and participated on such shows as Cristina Saralegui's El Show de Cristina. Quintanilla also produced for such entertainers as Thalía, Alicia Villarreal, Verónica Castro and Cristian Castro.

He produced and arranged the 2004 album, A. B. Quintanilla III Presents Joe Lopez, which includes "Cuando Estoy Contigo" ("When I Am with You") and "Soy Tan Feliz" ("I'm So Happy"), co-written by Quintanilla and Luigi Giraldo.

A. B. Quintanilla left Kumbia Kings in mid-2006 due to a controversy with member Cruz Martínez. A. B., along with new members and ex-Kumbia Kings Chris Pérez (A. B.'s brother-in-law, Selena's widower) and Pee Wee; started the group Kumbia All Starz in 2006. This new group had hits such as "Chiquilla", "Parece Que Va a Llover", and "Speedy Gonzales". The Kumbia All Starz have become immensely popular in South America, especially in Bolivia, where they performed a series of concerts in 2014.

A. B. Quintanilla signed with DEL Records and formed Elektro Kumbia in 2016.[3] In 2017, he released a single called "Piña Colada Shot".[4]

In media[edit]

In the 1997 film Selena, Quintanilla was played by Jacob Vargas, while Rafael Tamayo played him as a child. In the 2020 Netflix TV series Selena: The Series, he was played by Gabriel Chavarria, while Juan Martinez played him as a child.

Personal life[edit]

Quintanilla has eight children, including a son Svani (b. 1991) and a daughter Martika (b. 1989) with his first wife Vangie. Quintanilla also has five other sons and one daughter born between 2002 and 2007.[5] He also has one grandchild.

He married his longtime girlfriend Rikkie Leigh Robertson on November 12, 2011.[6] On July 5, 2016, he announced after a concert that he was getting divorced from his wife. They have no children together.

In 2017, Quintanilla was briefly put on the Texas Top 10 Most Wanted List for non-payment of child support of $87,000 and was arrested. He also declared bankruptcy after Cruz Martinez won a case against Quintanilla on the accusations that Quintanilla had underpaid him and the Kumbia Kings for live shows and concerts.

Quintanilla married Anjelah O., an Argentinian woman, on September 16, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums with Selena
Albums with Kumbia Kings
Albums with Kumbia All Starz

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2000 Premio Lo Nuestro Regional Mexican Group of the Year A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Regional Mexican New Artist of the Year Won
Latin Billboard Music Awards Pop Album of the Year, Group Amor, Familia y Respeto Nominated
Pop Album of the Year, New Artist Won
Latin Grammy Awards Best Tejano Album Nominated
2001 Latin Grammy Awards Best Tejano Album Shhh! Nominated
2002 Premio Lo Nuestro Regional Mexican Group of the Year A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Tejano Performance Nominated
Video of the Year "Shhh!" Nominated
Latin Billboard Music Awards Pop Album of the Year, Group Shhh! Won
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
2003 Latin Grammy Awards Best Pop Album by a Duo/Group with Vocals 4 Nominated
Best Regional Mexican Song "Ay! Papacito" (Límite) (with Alicia Villarreal) Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Latin Artist A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
2004 Premio Lo Nuestro Regional Mexican Group of the Year A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings, Juan Gabriel, El Gran Silencio Won
Regional Mexican Song of the Year "No Tengo Dinero" (with Juan Gabriel and El Gran Silencio) Won
Latin Billboard Music Awards Latin Pop Album of the Year, Duo or Group 4 Won
Premios Juventud Dynamic Duo Thalía with A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Best Moves A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Best Re-Mix "No Tengo Dinero" (with Juan Gabriel and El Gran Silencio) Nominated
Party Starter "Sabes a Chocolate" Nominated
2005 Latin Billboard Music Awards Latin Pop Album of the Year, Duo or Group Fuego Won
Premios Juventud I Hear Them Everywhere A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Favorite Urban Artist Nominated
Latin Grammy Awards Best Regional Mexican Song "Na Na Na (Dulce Niña)" (with Cruz Martínez and Luigi Giraldo) Nominated
Best Engineered Album Fuego (Seth Atkins, Javier Garza, Cruz Martínez and Robert "Bobbo" Gómez III) Nominated
2006 Premio Lo Nuestro Pop Album of the Year Fuego Nominated
Pop Group of the Year A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia Kings Nominated
Premios MTV Latinoamérica MTV Tr3́s Viewer's Choice Award Nominated
Latin Grammy Awards Best Tropical Regional Mexican Album Kumbia Kings Live Won
2007 Latin Billboard Music Awards Latin Pop Album of the Year, Duo or Group Ayer Fue Kumbia Kings, Hoy Es Kumbia All Starz Nominated
2008 Premio Lo Nuestro Pop Album of the Year Nominated
Pop Song of the Year "Chiquilla" Nominated
Pop Breakout Artist or Group of the Year A. B. Quintanilla and Kumbia All Starz Nominated
Latin Grammy Awards Best Pop Album by a Duo/Group with Vocals Planeta Kumbia Nominated
Premios Oye! Popular Field Best Tropical by a Duo/Group or Solo Nominated
2009 Latin Billboard Music Awards Latin Pop Album of the Year, Duo or Group Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mexican Independence Day Celebration A.B. Quintanilla III y Los Kumbia Kings". HoldMyTicket. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Lo Nuestro 1996". Premios Lo Nuestro. Univision. Archived from the original on October 21, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2007.
  3. ^ "Meet Elektro Kumbia: 13 Things to Know About A.B. Quintanilla's New Musical Group". June 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "AB Quintanilla y Elektro Kumbia debut 'Piña Colada Shot' video". January 28, 2017.
  5. ^ (No author.) "A. B. Quintanilla poses with sons for People en Espanol," People, "Moms & Babies" section, April 7, 2008.
  6. ^ "A.B. Quintanilla Marries Girlfriend! (Photos)". January 27, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Los Quintanilla's ❤️❤️ Este 16 de Septiembre Angela y yo nos casamos!!! Quería compartir esta buena noticia con toda mi gente que siempre está brindándome buenas vibras y amor!!! La verdad que hoy puedo decir que soy muy Feliz!!! Recuerden , la felicidad esta más cerca de lo te imaginas, solo tienes que buscarla!!!! @anjelah564". Instagram. September 21, 2019.

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