Irvin Salinas, known professionally as Pee Wee, was born December 8, 1988, and is a household name in the world of Latin music. He recorded his early success with the Kumbia Kings band and helped to elevate the Kumbia All Starz — a band he joined after leaving the Kumbia Kings. Despite his role in elevating the Kumbia All-Starz, he eventually had to leave. Notwithstanding, Salina’s career and early fame can be partly attributed to his talent and chiefly to A.B. Quintanilla — cofounder of the Kumbia Kings and founder of the Kumbia All Starz, who he later fell out with.
Pee Wee, born Irvin Salinas, on December 8, 1988, in Othello, Washington, is a World Music singer and actor who is credited with songs like ‘Cumbaya’ and the album “Yo Soy.” He lived with his parents and two older siblings — Elizabeth and Simon, in Othello until his parents separated, and he relocated with his mother — Maria Martínez, to La Joya, Texas. There, he engaged in jobs like washing cars and dishes to support his family with extra income.
Reports say it was either while washing cars or at a function held in his school — La Joya High School, that he met his would-be helper, A.B. Quintanilla. Salinas met Quintanilla at 15, and the latter invited him to audition for a role in his band’s upcoming music video. He joined Quintanilla’s band, Kumbia Kings, in 2003 and recorded his first song with the band, ‘Sabes a Chocolate.’ This song was cheered by the public. Because of the song’s success, Quintanilla nicknamed Salinas ‘Pee Wee,’ for being the youngest member of the Kumbia Kings. In 2004, Salinas increased his fan base with ‘Na Na Na (Dulce Niña).’
Salinas later joined Quintanilla’s Kumbia All-Starz band as the lead singer and recorded several singles and an album with them before deciding to set out solo in 2008, following a feud with Quintanilla. In the same year, he debuted as a solo artist with ‘Life Is A Dance Floor.’ He began his T.V. career as a host on the M.T.V. Tr3s’ series “Bust a Ritmo” in 2008. He also competed in the reality show “El Show de Los Sueños” and “Los Reyes del Show,” both of which he won alongside his team members — Ruben and Santiago Galindo. They shared the one million dollar prize equally themselves. Salinas starred as Ulises Morán in the Mexican telenovela “Cameleones” which premiered in July 2009. He released his debut studio album “Yo Soy” in August 2009. Two years after, he changed his name to ‘P.W.,’ saying it was an evolution of Pee Wee. His debut single as P.W., ‘Wanna Be Yours’ released in 2011, showed fans how truly evolved the singer had become with his astonishing dance steps in the music video.
Salinas meets the Kumbia Kings cofounder, Quintanilla, who takes an interest in the young lad.
Quintanilla nicknames Salinas 'Pee Wee' for being the youngest of the Kumbia Kings band members.
Salinas leaves the band after the legal crisis between his superior, Quintanilla, and the Kumbia Kings cofounder, Cruz Martinez.
Following supposed ill-treatment from Quintanilla, Salinas daringly leaves the band to become a solo artist.
Salinas releases "Yo Soy."
Salinas reveals that he has changed his name to P.W.
Why We Love Pee Wee
He is daring
Salinas is a celebrity that has shown us how having a daring attitude can make a person stand on their feet. He stood up for himself and became more successful.
He is loving
Salinas loves his mother so much that one of the first things he did after getting rich was to buy her a house. What a loving son!
He doesn't entertain oppression
We have learned from Salinas’s story with Quintanilla that the Latin singer stands up to oppressors and seeks to find a legal alternative in the face of oppression. We should strive to be like him.
5 Surprising Facts
His sexual orientation
Despite rumors that Salinas has been single because he has a queer sexual orientation, the world music singer said he is straight.
He loves Miami
Salinas loves Miami so much that, in one interview, he calls it home.
He loves barbecues
His love for barbecues combined with that of guitars contributed to his fondness of Miami, where those two are found in abundance.
He had a transitional music interest
Salinas’s musical taste transitioned from R&B to norteño and finally to pop royalty.
His favorite things
Salinas chose Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20" album as one of his favorite things, affirming his fondness for pop royalty.
Pee Wee FAQs
Is Pee Wee related to Selena Quintanilla?
Salinas is not related to Quintanilla in any way. His only association with the Queen of Tejano Music was with her brother A.B. Quintanilla, who recruited him to his band.
Where is Irvin Salinas from?
Salinas was born in Othello, Washington, but now lives in Miami. He, however, declared he was a Mexican citizen in a telethon in 2008.
What happened between A.B. Quintanilla and Pee Wee?
Salinas revealed in an exclusive interview that Quintanilla treated him and other Kumbia All Starz members unfairly, especially in terms of money. Quintanilla refused to give the band their shares of the money and asked them to leave if they wanted, a dare Salinas boldly took.
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