Chris Pérez Biography
Chris Pérez (Christopher Gilbert Pérez) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and an author, he is best known as lead guitarist for the Tejano band Selena y Los Dinos. He joined Shelly Lares’ band In 1986. By the late 1980s, he was reputed among Tejano musicians for his guitar skills. This caught A.B. Quintanilla’s attention; at the time, Quintanilla was seeking another guitarist for the band he produced, Selena y Los Dinos. Between one and two years after he joined the band.
During the early 1990s, Pérez was arrested for driving under the influence in San Antonio but was released without charge. Within months of his first arrest, he was involved in a trashed-hotel-room incident; he and two members of Selena y Los Dinos were intoxicated and began wrestling in a room, breaking the door and punching holes in the walls.
In 1998 he met Vanessa Villanueva through his friend John Garza and started dating her. That year, he formed the Chris Pérez Band and began writing songs for their debut album. The two signed with Hollywood Records and released their first album, Resurrection, which won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album. The band left after their second album, Una Noche Mas in 2002, was released. He left both groups and formed another band “the Chris Pérez Project, which involved Puerto Rican singer Angel Ferrer” in 2010. In 2012, Chris wrote a book about his relationship with Selena, entitled “To Selena, with Love.” It received a positive reception from critics and fans.
Chris Pérez Age
He was born on 14th August 1969, in San Antonio, Texas, United States.
Chris Pérez Family
He is of Mexican American ancestry. His’s parents divorced in 1974 when he was four years old. His mother remarried in 1978.
Chris Pérez Young
The star learned to play the French horn in middle school and joined his school’s concert band with his Mom’s support. He decided to teach himself to play electric guitar despite his mother’s disapproval due to the negative stereotypes associated with the rock-and-roll world.
His’s favorite musicians were Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Kiss, the Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, and Iron Maiden. He also grew to admire Ricky Martin during the 1990s. Many of his guitar solos are encouraged by Carlos Santana.
Chris wanted to run away to Los Angeles, California to start a rock band when he was seventeen. At the time he shared an apartment with his father and worked at a library. He was asked by Tony Lares to join his cousin Shelly Lares’ band in 1986. Tony Lares told him that Shelly performed Tejano music—a mixture of traditional Mexican folk music, polkas and country music sung in Spanish or English. He disliked Tejano music and wrote into Selena, With Love that he joined Shelly’s band with “foot-dragging resistance” because this job paid more than working at the library. He became Shelly’s musical director after Tony left the group, and co-wrote three songs for Shelly’s debut album in 1998. His guitar playing received a positive reception from the band and its fans. Around this time he also formed a rock band with two friends and planned to leave Shelly’s band.
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Christopher Gilbert Pérez is single as of now, he had later dated two wives. On 2nd April 1992, He married the frontwoman of the group, Selena. Between one and two years after he joined the band, he and Selena began a personal relationship. Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., forced them to end their relationship because he felt Pérez’ image might damage Selena’s career. They ignored his threats to disband the group and continued their relationship. The father in law, fired him from the band, forbidding his daughter to go with him. They later eloped, and Selena’s father accepted the relationship and he grew to love and accept Chris as his son-in-law. Pérez was asked to collaborate on several of Selena’s songs with A.B. and other members of the band, using his guitar to piece out melodies and incorporating a number of musical genres into their songs. 31st March 1995 Selena was killed by her former friend and former manager of her boutiques, Yolanda Saldívar. Selena’s murder greatly devastated Pérez, who started abusing drugs and alcohol. Perez has since remained in touch with the Quintanillas following Selena’s death.
In 1998 he met:through his friend John Garza, and they started. That year, he formed the Chris Pérez Band and started writing songs for their debut album. They signed with Hollywood Records and released their first album, Resurrection, which won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album. The couple separated in 2008.
Chris Pérez Wedding Dates
He married to his first wife Selena, on 2nd April 1992, who was killed by her former friend and former manager of her boutiques, Yolanda Saldívar. and his second wife Venessa Villanueva on 26th October 2001 and they divorced in 2008.
Chris Pérez Kids
The famous has two kids, his daughter Cassie Pérez and his son Noah Pérez, both of them with Vanessa Villanueva(his second marriage). He never had a child from his first marriage with late Selena. He ridiculed the rumors of Selena being pregnant when she was killed.
Chris Pérez Height
His stands up height will be updated soon.
Chris Pérez Net Worth
Perez has an estimated net worth of 1.2 million dollars which he has earned from various songs and shows, awards and nominations. He the winner of a Grammy award for best Latin rock album.
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Where is He Now?
He is as of now living in Los Angeles where he is focused on his music career and his role as a father to his two grown-up kids.
Chris Pérez Music
- Sabes a Chocolate
- Best I Can
- Rica y Apretadita
- Baila esta cumbia
- Speedy Gonzales
- Por ti Baby
- El Taxista
- Mi Gente
- Parte de Mi Corazón
- Parece que va a llover
- Missing You
- Amores Como El Tuyo
- R U Feeling Me
- Anoche No Dormi
- Hasta El Amanecer
- Pass the Dutchie
- Bla Bla Bla
Chris Pérez Book
To Selena, With Love
Chris Perez tells the story of his relationship with music superstar Selena in this heartfelt tribute.
One of the most compelling and adored superstars in Latin music history, Selena was nothing short of a phenomenon who shared all of herself with her millions of devoted fans. Her tragic murder, at the young age of twenty-three, stripped the world of her talent and boundless potential, her tightly knit family of their beloved angel, and her husband, Chris Perez, of the greatest love he had ever known.
For over a decade, Chris held on to the only personal thing he had left from his late wife: the touching and sometimes painful memories of their very private bond. Now, for the first time, Chris opens up about their unbreakable friendship, forbidden relationship, and blossoming marriage, which were cut short by Selena’s unforgivable death.
Chris’s powerful story gives a rare glimpse into Selena’s sincerity and vulnerability when falling in love, strength, and conviction when fighting for that love, and absolute resilience when finding peace and normalcy with her family’s acceptance of the only man she called her husband. While showcasing a side of Selena that has never been disclosed before and clarifying certain misconceptions about her life and death, To Selena, with Love is an everlasting love story that immortalizes the heart and soul of an extraordinary, unforgettable, and irreplaceable icon.
Chris Pérez Lawsuit
Chris Perez Loses Appeal To Dismiss Lawsuit By Selena’s Father; On The Hook To Pay All Legal Fees
Following two years of legal maneuvering to get the case thrown out of court, Chris Perez, has lost an appeal to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his former father-in-law Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. that would prevent him from doing a television series about his romance with the late Tejano singer, based on the book “To Selena With Love.”
Selena’s father filed the lawsuit on 2nd December 2016 against Perez, his company Blue Mariachi Productions and Endemol Shine North America.
According to Quintanilla’s attorneys, that means Perez breached the contract by writing an unauthorized book about his romance with Selena and signing a deal with Endemol Shine North America to produce a television series for profit, ignoring the terms of the 1995 agreement, in which he gets a cut of the proceeds from “The exploitation of the Entertainment Properties.” Chris has argued he signed that contract under duress, just months after the singer’s death.
Texas judge Judge Nora L. Longoria affirmed the lower court’s decision from February 2017 that rejected Perez’s motion to dismiss Quintanilla’s lawsuit against him.
Since the courts did not acknowledge grounds to apply the TCPA, which makes the losing party pay for court and attorney fees, Perez is on the hook to pay all those legal expenses for himself and his former father-in-law.
“We won in the lower court, overcoming their anti-SLAPP motion, and now our case has been held up by an appeals court,” says Quintanilla estate attorney Simran A. Singh.
“I’m very pleased with the judgment and looking forward to proceeding with our claims.” With the appeal over and barring any other legal actions, the case against Perez can move forward.
“Chris’s team is examining the decision handed down by the Appeals Court… and over the course of the next several days will be considering all of its options,” states Perez attorney Eric S. Medina.