A.B. Quintanilla

Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III (born December 13, 1963), better known as A.B. Quintanilla III or A.B. Quintanilla, is an American record producer, songwriter and musician. He is the older brother of "The Queen of Tejano music" Selena. Along with Selena, his other sister Suzette, his friend Ricardo, and his father Abraham, he became a member of Los Dinos in 1980 which would later include Selena's husband (later widower) Chris Pérez as a guitarist. As a member of Los Dinos, A.B. would play bass guitar, produce and write songs for Selena which became successful singles such as "Como la Flor", "Amor Prohibido" and "No Me Queda Más".

A.B. Quintanilla
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 56)
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
Websitehttp://www.abquintanilla3.com

CareerEdit

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.[1]

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 CD, 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 are performing a series of concerts in 2014.[citation needed]

A.B. Quintanilla signed with Del Records and formed Elektro Kumbia in 2016.[citation needed] Since then he has a single out called "Piña Colada Shot".[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

A.B. Quintanilla III is the oldest of the three children of Abraham Quintanilla Jr., including the late Selena Quintanilla Perez and Suzette Quintanilla. In the movie depicting Selena's life, A.B. was played by Mexican-born American actor Jacob Vargas, while Rafael Tamayo played the part of A.B. when he was a child.

A.B. Quintanilla has eight children, including sons Svani (b. 1991) and Gianni Quintanilla (b. 2000)[2] as well as four other sons and two daughters born between 1989 and 2007.[2]

He married his longtime girlfriend Rikkie Leigh Robertson on November 12, 2011.[3] On July 5, 2016, he announced after a concert that he was getting a divorced his wife. They have no children together.

A.B. Quintanilla married Anjelah O., an Argentinian woman, on September 16, 2019, 11:11pm, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.[4]

DiscographyEdit

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

Awards and nominationsEdit

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
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
Los 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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lo Nuestro 1996". Premios Lo Nuestro. Univision. Archived from the original on October 21, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2007.
  2. ^ a b (No author.) "A.B. Quintanilla poses with sons for People en Espanol," People, "Moms & Babies" section, April 7, 2008.
  3. ^ "A.B. Quintanilla Marries Girlfriend! (Photos)". January 27, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "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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