From Waverly Place to Beverly Hills: The Story of Selena Gomez

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It is easy to see her deeply Latin look, her teeny roles for Disney and a history of purely pop songs and come to the conclusion that Selena Gomez is a light weight.  You would be wrong.  Ms. Gomez was born in 1992 in Texas and by the time she was ten she had scored a role in Disney’s Barney & Friends.  During the auditions she would meet Demi Lovato and the two would follow parallel acting and singing careers at the studio.

Gomez’s acting breakthrough came as the lead in the Disney TV series Wizards of Waverly Place, which lasted four years. 

Her musical breakthrough came in 2013 after years of recording in the context of movies and TV shows and almost always getting mixed reviews, Gomez released “Come & Get It” as the lead single from her first solo album Stars Dance. The song reached top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100.

At various times she has pointed to musical influences that include: Bruno Mars, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Cheryl Cole, Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson and producer Skrillex

By 16, Selena Gomez had an acting career and a singing career and an early sense of business: she formed July Moon Productions, a production company she used for her pop-rock band Selena Gomez & the Scene, which preceded her solo albums.  She was serious.

With a couple more years under her belt, Gomez went into business by starting an eco-friendly casual fashion line called, Dream Out Loud.  That was 2010, by July of 2011 she signed a fragrance deal with Adrenalina.  She would later (2015) become the face on Pantene haircare products.

Meanwhile, Selena’s music career was chugging along.  2015 saw the release of her second solo studio album, Revival, which yielded three consecutive number one singles.  She was now one of only six female artists to ever have three singles from the same album top the chart.

Though young and spirited, Selena Gomez has started at least two long, multi-continent tours in support of her albums and in both cases ended up cancelling the later legs due to mental stress of one sort or another.  And in her early twenties she was diagnosed with lupus, an auto-immune disease.

In spite of these health concerns, Selena Gomez is a hard driving artist who, at the age of 26, has an impressive list of accomplishments. 

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