Christopher Perez is a proclaimed American guitarist whose special guitar skills landed him in the Selena y Los Dinos band, where he met and later married Tejano star, Selena Quintanilla. He has created his own career, garnering the world’s attention with his guitar skills and musical performances.
His career has been primarily affected by his relationship with Selena and later, her death which left the world shaken. He would later form a band and produce an album that would go on to win a Grammy award.
Chris Perez & Selena Quintanilla – Marriage & Relationship
Christopher Perez was the guitarist for the famous Tejano band Selena y Los Dinos. The late singer, during her early years, met Chris Perez, who was then a member of her dad’s band. She grew fond of him and their relationship became romantic. Selena and Chris later got married in 1992, three years before she was shot to death by Yolanda Saldívar.
After her death, Selena Quintanilla’s husband formed another band aside from Selena y Los Dinos and released an album in which he wrote five songs in honor of his late wife. He would later go on to write a memoir titled “To Selena with Love” in which he talks about his late wife and their relationship.
He is a renowned guitarist who went on to become an award-winning musician with his own band Chris Perez. He formed the band after Selena’s death, releasing his own album with are featured songs. The album won him two Grammy awards for “Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album” in 2000.
After the death of Selena, Chris used drugs and alcohol to cope with his loss. He would later go on to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. His alcohol and drug problem, however, returned during his marriage to his next wife, Vanessa Villanueva.
It is said that alcohol abuse was the foundation of their marital problems and was the main reason for their divorce. He would later get help for his drug and alcohol addiction after he filed for divorce.
Chris Perez – Work, Career & Professional Life
His career was greatly affected by his relationship with Selena Quintanilla. Selena and Chris’ relationship saw him move from a simple musician to a music producer and a writer.
The fame that Selena Quintanilla earned with her performances rubbed off on Chris Perez who was then a member of her father’s band. Her dad, Abraham Quintanilla, objected to Selena and Chris’ relationship for he felt that Chris had various flaws. His objections to their relationship continued with him warning his daughter against marrying him. Three years to her death, he married her in a private ceremony.
As a musician, he has been part of Selena y Los Dinos band as well as Chris Perez Band among other bands. He is a well-recognized guitar player who has created his own career, having released a number of albums.
After the death of Selena, Chris went on to write a memoir titled “To Selena With Love” where he shares stories about his relationship with the late singer while they were still young and while she was at the peak of her career.
Selena Quintanilla’s husband’s net worth shot up after the release of the memoir.
When he decided to make a miniseries from it, however, the late singer’s family went to court to stop him. They claimed that he did not have the right to make money from her life because the miniseries would be based on his memoir.
This led to the case being taken up by the Texas State Court in Texas, where it was ruled that “any movie or TV production based on any memoir would always be under the control of the spirit of copyright law” no matter how well-intended it is.
This was after Chris produced via YouTube an interview with Chris Plante in which he shares scenes from his book “To Selena With Love”.
Chris Perez’s Net Worth & Known Assets
Chris Perez’s net worth is estimated to be at least $1 million dollars. With his professional life at his disposal, Perez is a multi-tasking man. Selena Quintanilla’s husband’s net worth includes houses in Houston, Texas, and Ensenada Mexico. He owns a ranch in San Antonio, Texas where he breeds horses, and also owns property in Los Angeles.
His personal assets include:
- A Ranch in San Antonio
- Property in Los Angeles
- 2 vehicles
- Land Rover Range Rover
- Range Rover Sport
- 4 pieces of artwork
- Scores of other assets that include accounts and properties.
Chris Perez’s net worth is expected to at least double up in the near future.
Chris Perez – Where is he now?
Chris Perez has continued with his musical career, despite his marriage to Selena. He went on to become an award-winning musician, releasing three albums with his band Chris Perez Band.
He later formed his own band which is known today as Chris Perez Band. He has since gone on to release four albums with the band, which have done very well, one of them even winning two Grammy awards in 2008.
He has also gone on to write a book titled “To Selena With Love” where he talks about their relationship, life after her death, and other things. Chris, Selena’s husband now continues to play the guitar and produce music.
The guitarist has been largely attributed to the success of Selena y Los Dinos, especially in its last days. He also went on to receive the title of Tejano Music Awards‘ “Best Electric Guitarist” in both 1993 and 1995.
He is considered one of the best guitarists ever produced by the Hispanic music industry. Chris Perez’ net worth is closely tied to his musical and writing career.
Chris, Selena’s husband now admitted in a recent interview with Oprah Daily that he has been able to move on from his wife’s untimely death and get married.
He is grateful for the children he has, but regrets that he was not able to have a family with Selena as they had planned.