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Actress, singer, and fashion designer triple-threat Selena Gomez has been performing since she was ten years old, and her career is continuing to rise as she performs her musical tours.  Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas on July 22, 1992 and, appropriately considering her future career, was named in honor of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez.  She first became interested in acting at a young age by watching her mother prepare for theater productions, and started auditioning for her own opportunities.  After a two year run on Barney and Friends where she also met soon-to-be fellow Disney star Demi Lovato, along with a few more small parts in films and TV, she graduated to a few recurring television roles, until finally Gomez got her star-making part in the Disney TV series Wizards of Waverly Place.  While working on Wizards, Gomez also dove into the music industry, doing covers and participating in albums for Disney.  By 2009, she signed on with Hollywood Records, formed her own production company, and started her own pop-rock band, Selena Gomez and the Scene.  Now she is signed on with Interscope Records, continuing her music career as a solo artist in addition to starring in movies and, possibly, a Netflix miniseries in the future.

Gomez is a pop singer, specializing in dance pop and electronic music.  She has listed many artists as influences, including Christina Aguilera, Britney SpearsBeyoncé, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Skrillex, and Janet Jackson.  However, she says her main inspiration is Bruno Mars in every aspect of performance, “his style of music, his style in general, the way he performs, the way he carries himself.”  Much like many former child stars, Gomez is branching out into more adult material, but she has been lauded above others for approaching her transition into mature material with subtlety and grace.  Gomez has also been praised for a very low-key, versatile voice that is applicable to many genres.  This is proving to serve her well as she grows into her adult career and finds her own true style and presence within the industry; Gomez has been experimenting more and more with her style lately as she takes advantage of her new creative freedom, and good things have come of it.

Gomez has released the solo studio albums Stars Dance and Revival, the compilation album For You, and an extended play called Another Cinderella Story.  She has also released several titles as Selena Gomez and the Scene: the studio albums Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain, and When the Sun Goes Down, and the compilation albums The Club Remixes and Artist Karaoke Series: Selena Gomez & the Scene.  In addition to persevering through a recent diagnosis of lupus, Selena Gomez does frequent charity work, even serving as the youngest ever UNICEF ambassador at age seventeen, along with many other efforts.