A.B. Quintanilla has been around… the music world that is. His latest album “La Vida de un Genio” (The Life of a Genius) features an all-star roster of talent including Gilberto Santa Rosa and Jon Secada.
“When we decided to make the record, we wrote a list of all the singers that we wanted to invite, imagining that it would be a dream impossible to accomplish,” says A.B., born Abraham Quintanilla lll. “But we were very surprised when all of them started to accept.”
Quintanilla's rise to fame began in the early nineties as a guitarist and songwriter for Selena y Los Dinos. After Selena's tragic death in 1995, A.B. branched out and began working with some of Latin music's most respected vocalists like Thalia and Olga Tanon. Following several successful singles, Quintanilla created the very popular Kumbia Kings, a band that had a unique blend of Cumbia, Hip-Hop and R&B and then later the Kumbia All Starz.
His latest work is similar to Santana's “Supernatural” as each track features a heavy hitter in Latin Music. The album as a whole is dedicated to his father Abraham Quintanilla Jr., the man behind the success of both Selena and A.B.
“He is the main reason behind my decision to become a musician,” says A.B. “When I was really young, a producer that had offered me some songs ended up giving them to someone else. When my father saw me crying over it he told me: ‘Instead of crying you should be writing your own songs. Don't leave your room until you have one.'”
A.B. describes his latest album as one you will put on after a bad breakup or when you just feel like listening to something soothing. As he points out, everyone has that “sad” album they like. But while his latest work may focus on things like heartbreak, Quintanilla clearly has a healthy sense of humor. Take a look at his Top 10 Legal Downloads and see for yourself.
Top 10 Legal Downloads
1. Who Let the Dogs Out?
The lyrics content. Touches my heart
2. Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer
It reminds me of something that happened in my life
3. Big booty hoes
It's auto-biographical. Just amazing