Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan
Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan, known professionally as Gloria Estefan is a Cuban-born American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known as the "Queen Of Latin Pop", she is in the top 100 best selling music artists with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, 31.5 million of those in the United States alone. She has won three Grammy Awards, and 4 Latin Grammys, and is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date.
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Latin Superstar From The '90s Shares His Powerful Immigrant Story
Huffington Post - 23 days
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Tennis legend Roger Federer playing a pair of 'air bongos' is pure dorky joy
Yahoo News - about 2 months
When you're a legend of the game, like tennis player Roger Federer, you can do anything you want without feeling like a dork. Even on the very public and potentially embarrassing "Bongo Cam" at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.  SEE ALSO: Serena Williams trolls fans with a taco engagement ring It's your standard fan cam, but with a pair of superimposed graphic bongos that the crowd can pretend to play with. Federer is of course more than happy to play along, as Gloria Estefan's "Conga" blasts in the background.  It's one of those moments that's ordinarily kinda lame, but because he's a 17-time Grand Slam winner — it's actually the best thing ever.  At least we know what Federer will now be doing if the whole tennis thing doesn't work out. At least I have a backup career as a bongo player  — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) January 4, 2017 Federer's dad is down with it though. He apparently texted him, telling him to stop with the air bongo antics. Glorious B ...
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The Only Times Square Live Stream You'll Need On New Year's Eve
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Nearly 2 million people will ring in the new year standing in a relatively balmy Times Square on Saturday night, as countless others all over the world watch from afar. The Times Square Alliance will stream a live webcast of the festivities from 6 p.m. Eastern until 12:15 a.m as host Jonathan Bennet of “Mean Girls” fame chats with guests and revelers to mark the end of 2016. Silento, Gloria Estefan and Gavin DeGraw are among the entertainers scheduled to perform. This year’s New Year’s Eve ball, designed around the theme “The Gift of Kindness,” is 12 feet in diameter and will sparkle with more than 2,000 Waterford crystal triangles. It’ll make the quick descent from the top of One Times Square in the last minute of the year, setting off a fireworks display and the famed hurricane of confetti. Watch the feed above, which will feature a 10-second countdown at the top of every hour until the ultimate event at midnight. -- This feed and its contents are the prope ...
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Gloria Estefan Reacts to Fidel Castro's Death
abc News - 3 months
"May the hope for freedom be ... renewed in the heart of every Cuban," she says.
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Gloria Estefan Pens A Powerful Response To Fidel Castro's Death
Huffington Post - 3 months
Gloria Estefan’s family fled Cuba after Fidel Castro rose to power over 50 years ago. The singer, who was a toddler when she arrived in the U.S., has frequently spoken out against the Castro regime’s human rights abuses and policies.  When news of the death of Cuba’s former leader broke late Friday, hundreds of Miami residents flooded the streets of Little Havana yelling “freedom!” and “the tyrant has died!” Estefan, who lives in South Florida, joined fellow Cuban-Americans in commemorating the end of an era via Instagram. Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming. And although the grip of Castro's regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, t ...
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40 Under 40: Latinos In Sports
Huffington Post - 4 months
The 2016 sports season was filled with countless story lines ranging from redemptions, to walk off retirements and dramatic Olympic performances. And in the center of these were many influential Latinos. However, even though Latinos have made great strides in sports, the community still faces multiple barriers to entry. This can be seen in becoming a professional, and Olympic athlete, as well as in the disproportionate amount of diversity in management, journalism and ownership positions vis-a-vis to the constantly evolving percentage of players of color in the NFL, NBA, and MLB to name a few. Yet despite these obstacles various role models have cracked into this sector and have paved the way for many. Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) and Dan Le Batard (ESPN), Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC), Jose de Jesus Ortiz (St. Louis Dispatch), Tony Gonzalez (CBS), Jesse Sanchez (MLB), Angel Rodríguez (LA Times), Arturo "Artie"Moreno (Owner of LA Angels), Linda Alvarado (Owner of Colorado Rocki ...
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What Gloria Estefan Did When She Was Told She Might Never Walk Again
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Kid Creole's Alter-Ego Mounts a NY Musical
Huffington Post - 9 months
August Darnell a/k/a Kid Creole The breakout hit from the first Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band album in 1976 was "Cherchez la Femme," a sublime dance hit that even appealed to people who hated disco. Forty years later, the songwriter August Darnell (later of Kid Creole and the Coconuts fame, always a huge UK draw) is staging a lifelong dream with Cherchez la Femme The Musical at Manhattan's famed La Mama Theater in the East Village. Incorporating songs from both the Dr. Buzzard and Kid Creole catalogues, the show opened last Friday night and runs through June 12. He hopes to bring the show, which is somewhat but not entirely based on his experiences as a band leader, in the future to the West End. The New York Times called the show "more screwball comedy than band saga." Darnell has been living in Europe and more recently Maui, Hawaii, since the early 1990s when he "escaped" New York City. "Now when I come back I see what attracted me to the place in the first ...
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Night Out: Gloria Estefan Congas Her Way Through a Night in Her Honor
NYTimes - 10 months
The Cuban-born singer, featured in the Broadway musical “On Your Feet!,” is celebrated along with her husband, Emilio Estefan.
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Star of 'On Your Feet!' on Playing Gloria Estefan
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Ana Villafañe, star of the hit Broadway musical "On Your Feet!," joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero to discuss her starring role and the challenges of portraying singer Gloria Estefan. Photo: Get On Your Feet!
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America Gets "On its Feet" For Latinos
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Latinos have taken over. At least it seems like that when you turn on the TV or go to Broadway. Jennifer Lopez, America Ferrera and Eva Longoria all have primetime TV shows. Last month, Rita Moreno finally received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Moreno earned this distinction. She is one of only 12 artists who have ever won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, as well as the first Hispanic to have won all four awards. Seems like it was only yesterday that Latino groups publicly criticized the Kennedy Center for excluding Latinos for a decade from the awards. And, our voices were heard. Gloria and Emilio Estefan recently were among the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Barack Obama, is the nation's highest civilian honor and presented to individuals who have made special contributions to the security or national interests of the United States. Looking back, I've been reflecting on the r ...
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Top 10 Best Theatrical Performances of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There goes another year in New York with magnificent stage performances. Some performers in the past year have excelled in exceptional storytelling far more than others. A season full of diverse characters ranging from female revolutionaries, sexually curious teenagers, a glittering tornado exit, underappreciated siblings, a one-man band, a Latin pop star, a ton of toe-tapping music, and star-turning performances. As we start ramping up to 2016, I look back at my top 10 theatrical performances of 2015. 10. Laura Michelle Kelly in Finding Neverland Back on Broadway from her long run in Mary Poppins in 2011, Laura Michelle Kelly shines in Finding Neverland. Her performance is full of poise and pure grace. There is nothing she cannot do. As she is wrapped in a glittering tornado, her voice soars at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Although Finding Neverland falls short in being anything more than a tourist trap musical, Ms. Kelly's performance is a stand out. 9. Megan McGinnis in Da ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gloria Estefan
  • 2015
    In November 2015, it was announced Estefan, along with her husband, would be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for her contributions to American music.
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    A jukebox musical, On Your Feet!, about the life of Gloria and Emilio Estefan premiered on Broadway November 5, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The musical premiered at the Oriental Theater, Chicago, running from June 17, 2015 to July 5. Directed by Jerry Mitchell, the choreography is by Sergio Trujillo, book by Alexander Dinelaris. The cast features Ana Villafañe as Gloria and Josh Segarra as Emilio. The musical opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on October 5, 2015 in previews, and officially on November 5. Estefan has appeared in two films, Music of the Heart (1999) and For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000). Estefan made a cameo appearance with her husband in Marley & Me in 2008 Estefan was cast to star as Connie Francis, a U.S. pop singer of the 1950s and early 1960s, in Who's Sorry Now?, based on Francis' life. Filming supposedly began in late 2008, according to Parade magazine (March 23, 2008). Estefan, in an interview with, stated the film would be released in 2009. As of December 2009, the film has been dropped as Connie Francis had irreconcilable differences with Estefan over the film's writer. Francis wanted to hire writer Robert L. Freedman, who had written the Emmy Award winning mini-series Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Estefan (according to Francis) refused to consider him, which ended the project collaboration.
    Estefan released Soy Mujer, on Sony Latin on June 23, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The album consists of Estefan's greatest Spanish-language hits.
    She has won seven Grammy Awards. Estefan also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Las Vegas Walk of Fame. In 2015, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions to American music.
    More Details Hide Details Estefan also won an MTV Video Music Award, and two ACE Awards. She was honored with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement as well as being named BMI Songwriter of the Year. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has received multiple Billboard Awards. She is also on the list of VH1 top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and in Billboards Top 100 Greatest Artists Of All time. Estefan was born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García in Havana, Cuba, to José Fajardo and Gloria García, a middle-class couple. Her maternal grandparents were Spanish immigrants to Cuba; her maternal grandfather, Leonardo García, immigrated to Cuba from Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain, where he married Gloria's maternal grandmother, originally from Logroño, Spain. Prior to the Cuban Revolution, her father was a Cuban soldier and a bodyguard for the wife of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
  • 2014
    In 2014, Estefan and her husband received a Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award, for their contributions to the Hispanic, and multicultural community.
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    In April 2014, Estefan was tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the University of Miami's highest honor society.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, Barry University in Miami bestowed upon her an honorary law degree. She and her husband received honorary doctoral degrees in music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2007. She delivered the commencement address to the 2007 graduating class. In 2002, she received the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Medallion of Excellence for Community Service. The singer was Musicares Person of the Year in 1994. She founded the Gloria Estefan Foundation whose goal is to help those with spinal cord injuries. She has been honored twice by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1992, she served as a public member of the U.S. Delegation to the 47th Session of the United Nations' General Assembly Opening Plenary.
  • 2013
    In September 2013, Estefan released The Standards.
    More Details Hide Details The album features some collaborations with artists like Laura Pausini, Dave Koz and Joshua Bell, and a selection of songs from the Great American songbook. The album reached No. 20 on the US Billboard 200 chart marking her first top 20 album on the chart since 1994's Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me. The first single from the album was "How Long Has This Been Going On? ". To promote the album, she appeared on CBS This Morning Saturday the week of its release and performed the song "Good Morning Heartache" in front of original author of the song Ervin Drake. In April 2014, Gloria and her husband Emilio, were honored at the 2014 "Power of Love Event for Keep Memory Alive" in Las Vegas, where big names of the musical industry such as Queen Latifah, Ricky Martin, Rita Moreno and Gloria's friend, Carole King, offered the couple a tribute to their music.
    In May 2013, she appears doing another duet with the song "Think I'm in Love Again" as part of the albums Duets released by Paul Anka.
    More Details Hide Details That same month, in parts of Europe, Sony Music released a 2 CDs collection call The Dutch Collections, this compilation includes all of Gloria Estefan 32 hits including "Hot Summer Nights", never been released before on any of Estefan albums.
    She spoke at TEDx Via della Conciliazione, on April 19, 2013, on the theme "Religious freedom today".
    More Details Hide Details In addition to her seven Grammys, Estefan has received many other awards. In May 1993, she received the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest award that can be given to a naturalized U.S. citizen. She has won the Hispanic Heritage Award, an MTV Video Music Award, two cable television ACE Awards and the 1993 National Music Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year award. She is the recipient of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her husband, Emilio, a world-renowned music impresario, received a star adjacent to his wife's on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. Estefan holds an honorary doctoral degree in music from the University of Miami, awarded in 1993. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami.
  • 2011
    In November 2011, Estefan began hosting Gloria Estefan's Latin Beat, a seven-part series for BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom that explores the history of Latin music.
    More Details Hide Details Estefan started a reality show called The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep opposite Joe Jonas, Nelly and John Rich on the CW Network, where she, and the other three mentors are searched for the next big star, to record an album with Atlantic Records. Unlike other music reality shows, in this program, the mentors selected the "candidates" for the show, and trained them for a live performance, where they'd be voted for the best act of the day. The first season ended in October 2012, with musician Michael Ray, as the big finalist. This same year, Estefan appeared as a musical guest in Tony Bennett's compilation of duets with Latin-American musicians, Viva Duets with a rendition of the song, "Who Can I Turn To". Weeks later, she helped the American version of Teleton, releasing the charity single "Por Un Mundo Mejor" along with Mexican singer Lucero, Dominican rapper El Cata and Mexican pop band, Reik. A video for the song was shot, with them recording the song, which was marked as the official hymn for the foundation.
    In the fall of 2011, during an interview to promote Miss Little Havana, Estefan expressed her views on gay rights and gay marriage and revealed that she was a strong supporter of both.
    More Details Hide Details When asked if she was a supporter of gay marriage, she replied "Of course I am. I think everyone should be able to marry who they love, and it should just be." Estefan has also recorded a video for the It Gets Better campaign, an organization which aims to prevent homophobic bullying.
    Estefan's new dance-oriented studio album, Miss Little Havana, was released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011, with the physical CD available exclusively at Target.
    More Details Hide Details Early on, Estefan had described the album as a project in the vein of her 1998 hit album gloria! Collaborating with her on it were producers Pharrell Williams, Motiff, Emilio Estefan, and Drop Dead Beats. One song from the album, "Wepa", premiered on May 31, 2011 at AmericanAirlines Arena in a special music video of the song for the Miami Heat. The Heat video was released on YouTube on June 1. The song went on sale for digital downloading at the iTunes Store on July 24. Both "Wepa" and "Hotel Nacional" achieved No. 1 on Billboard Latin Songs and on Dance/Club Chart.
    In 2011, Estefan was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame along with Grammy and Emmy award winner Harry Connick Jr. Both singers performed at a special concert on June 17, 2011, with Thomas Wilkins as musical conductor.
    More Details Hide Details Proceeds from this event went to benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute's education programs.
    On April 7, 2011, Estefan made an unannounced appearance at auditions for The X Factor in Miami, and gave encouragement to the 7,500 participants gathered outside the Bank United Center for auditions.
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  • 2010
    On March 24, 2010, Estefan led a march down Miami's Calle Ocho in support of Cuba's Las Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White).
    More Details Hide Details Las Damas de Blanco is an opposition movement in Cuba that consists of wives and other female relatives of jailed dissidents. Since 2003, the women have protested the imprisonments by attending Mass each Sunday wearing white dresses and then silently walking through the streets in white clothing. Later that year, Estefan took part in Broadway's "24 Hour Plays" in which actors, writers, and directors collaborate to produce and perform six one-act plays within 24 hours to benefit the Urban Arts Partnership. She performed alongside actors Elijah Wood, Diane Neal, and Alicia Witt in the play I Think You'll Love This One, written by the 20-year-old winner of the Montblanc writers' project, Elizabeth Cruz Cortes. In 2010 Europe Sony Music have re release a title call the original album classics 3 albums into mini LP CDS it included 3 classics albums of Gloria Estefan "Anything For You', "Cuts Both Ways" and "Into The Light".
    The song, written by Estefan and approved by Quincy Jones, was recorded, and premiered during El Show de Cristina on March 1, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details All of the money from sales of the song went to Haitian relief.
    Estefan began 2010 with a charity single: she and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan, Jr., invited artists to record "Somos El Mundo", a Spanish-language version of Michael Jackson's song "We Are The World".
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  • 2009
    In 2009, three albums of Gloria Estefan with Miami Sound Machine were re-released in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details The originals were all recorded in the early 1980s. These comprised Eyes of Innocence, Primitive Love and Let It Loose on a limited edition mini Lp CD.
    The same year, Estefan opened the "In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina 2009" with "No Llores".
    More Details Hide Details Also, at the end, Estefan together with Jennifer Lopez, Thalía, Marc Anthony, José Feliciano, performed a rendition of her Spanish-language classic, "Mi Tierra".
    In 2009, Estefan announced plans for her "farewell tour" of Latin America and South America.
    More Details Hide Details The tour continued with a concert at Guadalajara in Mexico, as part of a program designed to improve tourism in Mexico, and a series of appearances at music festivals throughout Europe, including headlining at the Summer Pops Music Festival in Liverpool on July 27, 2009.
  • 2008
    Estefan received the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year award at the Latin Grammy Awards in November 2008 in recognition of her twenty-five-year singing career.
    More Details Hide Details She is the first female singer to receive this award. She also received a Latin Grammy for "Best Traditional Tropical Album" for 90 Millas, and a Latin Grammy for "Best Tropical Song" for her single, "Píntame De Colores". This marked the first occasion for Estefan to ever win a Grammy award for a song (either Latin or non-Latin). On March 12, 2009, Estefan was honored as a BMI Icon at the 16th annual BMI Latin Awards. Her catalog boasts 22 BMI Latin and Pop Awards, along with 11 BMI Million-Air Awards. In April 2010, Estefan and her husband received a star in the "Walk of Stars" in Las Vegas for their contribution to music industry. On April 28, 2011, at the Latin Billboard Awards, Estefan was honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award for her philanthropic work.
    In 2008, Estefan appeared during the seventh season of American Idol, in the special charity episode "Idol Gives Back", performing her song "Get on Your Feet" along with Sheila E..
    More Details Hide Details The performance was recorded and was released at the American iTunes Store; the video of the performance reached No. 20 of the store's Top 100 videos. Estefan became the headliner of the new venue of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino. She then headed to Canada to perform at the Casino Rama. In August, she started her "90 Millas World Tour". Estefan played concerts in London, Rotterdam, Belfast and Aruba. Estefan performed several concerts in Spain, specifically Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza and Tenerife. Two of these concerts, in Las Ventas, Spain, and Rotterdam, The Netherlands, were free to the public. Back in the states, Estefan performed a special concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to raise funds for the Education of South Florida. Estefan was a headliner for Bette Midler's "Annual Hulaween Gala" along with other special guests such as Kathy Griffin and a costume contest judged by Michael Kors. The event benefited the New York Restoration Project.
  • 2006
    In October 2006, Sony released a 2-CD compilation The Essential Gloria Estefan, featuring her hits from 1984 to 2003, Estefan made several radio and television appearances to promote The Essential Gloria Estefan.
    More Details Hide Details She released two additional similar compilation albums that year for other markets. The Very Best of Gloria Estefan was released in Europe and Mexico, and was similar to The Essential Gloria Estefan, but also included as a bonus track "Dr. Pressure". This compilation was certified GOLD in Ireland. Oye Mi Canto!: Los Grandes Exitos, a collection of her Spanish-language hits was released in Spain.
  • 2005
    On April 7, 2005, Estefan participated in "Selena ¡VIVE!
    More Details Hide Details ", the tribute concert for Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the "Queen of Tejano", who was murdered in March 1995 on the brink of her attempt to cross over as an English-language performer. Estefan performed "I Could Fall in Love", one of Selena's posthumously released crossover hits. Also that year, Estefan appeared on the soundtrack for the television series Desperate Housewives, singing a song titled "Young Hearts Run Free". In late 2005, the club mash-up "Dr. Pressure" was released, which combined Mylo's No. 19 hit "Drop The Pressure" with the Miami Sound Machine's "Dr. Beat". It reached No. 3 on the UK singles chart and No. 1 on the Australian dance chart.
  • 2003
    In 2003, Estefan released Unwrapped, her first English-language CD in five years.
    More Details Hide Details To promote the CD, she toured Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. "Hoy" and "Tu Fotografía" both reached No. 1 on Billboard's Latin chart, and "I Wish You" reached the Adult Contemporary Charts top 20. The Live & Re-Wrapped Tour, was produced by Clear Channel Entertainment. It began in Hidalgo, Texas on July 30, 2004, and played in 26 cities. It featured Estefan's greatest hits. The final concert of the tour took place in Estefan's hometown of Miami on the weekend of October 9 and 10
  • 2001
    The album earned Estefan another Grammy Music Award in the category Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Greatest Hits Vol. II was released in 2001. It contained hits from 1993 to 2000, as well as three new songs and a remix of her first hit "Conga", retitled "Y-Tu-Conga". The song "Out of Nowhere" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category for Best Dance Recording; another song from the album, "You Can't Walk Away from Love", was featured in the film Original Sin.
  • 1999
    In 1999, Estefan performed with 'N Sync on the single "Music of My Heart", which was featured in a film in which she also appeared, Music of the Heart.
    More Details Hide Details The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard chart and was nominated for an Academy Award. She also released a Latin hit with the Brazilian group So Pra Contrariar called "Santo Santo", sang with Luciano Pavarotti in Pavarotti and Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo. She also appeared in a performance with Stevie Wonder at Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami and sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at game three of the 2003 World Series in Miami between the Florida Marlins and New York Yankees. The next album Alma Caribeña (Caribbean Soul) was released in 2000. It was her third Spanish language album with a focus on caribbean rhythms. The album featured several Latin Hits as "No me dejes de querer", "Como me duele perderte", "Por un beso". The album features duets with José Feliciano and Celia Cruz.
  • 1998
    On June 2, 1998, she released her eighth solo album, (twenty-first overall), gloria!
    More Details Hide Details The album blended disco with Salsa music percussion and Latin flavor. The album peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200. The album reached Gold certification. The single "Oye! " peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and the Hot Latin Tracks charts, and was featured in the 1998 Eddie Murphy film Holy Man. The other major hit single releases were "Don't Let This Moment End", which peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Heaven's What I Feel", which peaked at No. 27 on the Hot 100.
  • 1996
    On July 18, 1996, Estefan embarked on her Evolution World Tour (her first tour in five years), which covered the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and Asia.
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  • 1995
    1995's Spanish-language album Abriendo Puertas earned Estefan her second Grammy Award for "Best Tropical Latin Album".
    More Details Hide Details It spun off two No. 1 dance hits, "Abriendo Puertas" and "Tres Deseos", and two No. 1 Latin singles, "Abriendo Puertas" and "Más Allá". In January 1995, the Miami Sound Machine performed at the Super Bowl XXIX halftime show, with Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, in a program entitled "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye", to promote the upcoming Disney theme park attraction. The platinum-selling album Destiny, released in 1996, featured "Reach", the official theme of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. Estefan performed in the Summer Olympics closing ceremony, during which she performed the songs "Reach" and "You'll Be Mine".
  • 1994
    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, a cover album of some of Estefan's favorite songs from the 1960s and 1970s, was released in 1994. "Turn the Beat Around", the first single and a remake of Vicki Sue Robinson's 1976 disco classic, became another international hit, certified gold in the US.
    More Details Hide Details It also was used in the Sharon Stone film The Specialist.
  • 1993
    Also in 1993, Estefan collaborated with Frank Sinatra on his album Duets with the song "Come Rain or Come Shine".
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    In 1993, Estefan released the album Mi Tierra, her first Spanish-language album.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard album chart and No. 11 on the British album chart. The singles "Mi Tierra" and the romantic-tropical ballad "Con Los Años Que Me Quedan" and "Mi Buen Amor", climbed to No. 1 on the "Hot Latin Tracks" chart in the US. The album sold over eight million copies worldwide, went multiplatinum in Spain (10×) and in the US (16 times; Platinum – Latin field), platinum in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and gold in Switzerland, and won a Grammy Award for "Best Tropical Latin Album". That same year, Estefan released her first Christmas album, Christmas Through Your Eyes, the first album from Estefan to not be produced by her husband Emilio Estefan Jr. The collection included the singles "This Christmas" and "Silent Night". The album went Platinum in the US.
    Her 1993 Spanish-language album Mi Tierra won the first of her three Grammy Awards for Best Tropical Latin Album.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first number-one album on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, established when it was released. It was also the first Diamond album in Spain. Many of her songs like "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You", "1-2-3", "Get On Your Feet", "Here We Are", "Coming Out of the Dark", "Bad Boy", "Oye! ", "Party Time" and a remake of Vicki Sue Robinson's "Turn the Beat Around" became international hits, with chart-topping scores. Estefan has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, including 31.5 million in the United States alone.
  • 1992
    Also in 1992, Estefan sang backup on fellow Cuban-American singer-songwriter Jon Secada's breakthrough single "Just Another Day".
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  • 1991
    She performed "Coming Out of the Dark" for the first time on the American Music Awards in January 1991, receiving a standing ovation as she took the stage. "Coming Out of the Dark" reached No. 1 in the U.S. as a single a few months later.
    More Details Hide Details Other popular singles were "Seal Our Fate" and "Live for Loving You". The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard album chart, becoming her highest debut; it also peaked at No. 2 on the British albums chart. Eventually the album went platinum in the UK and double platinum in the US. She followed up Into the Light with her first greatest-hits album, Gloria Estefan Greatest Hits. It was released in 1992, and included the U.S. hit ballads "Always Tomorrow" and "I See Your Smile" along with the international hit dance track "Go Away".
    Estefan returned to the charts with a concept album, Into the Light, in 1991.
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  • 1990
    While touring in support of Cuts Both Ways on March 20, 1990, near Scranton, Pennsylvania, Estefan was critically injured, suffering a fractured spine when a speeding semi-truck crashed into the tour bus she was in during a snowstorm.
    More Details Hide Details Estefan was returning from meeting with then President George Bush to discuss participation in an anti-drugs campaign. She was taken to Community Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit and the next day was flown by helicopter to New York City, where surgeons at the Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center permanently implanted two titanium rods to stabilize her vertebral column. Her rehabilitation required almost a year of intensive physical therapy and one of her comments of this period is "there were times when the pain was so bad I prayed I'd pass out", but she achieved a complete recovery. She returned to an international tour ten months after the collision and began singing again.
  • 1989
    In late 1989, she released her best-selling album to date, Cuts Both Ways.
    More Details Hide Details The album included the hit singles "Don't Wanna Lose You" (Hot 100 No. 1 hit), "Oye mi Canto", "Here We Are", "Cuts Both Ways" (No. 1 on the U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart) and "Get on Your Feet".
  • 1988
    In 1988, after the worldwide chart success of single "Anything for You", her Let it Loose album was repackaged as Anything for You.
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  • 1978
    She and Emilio married on September 2, 1978. They have a son, Nayib (born September 2, 1980) and a daughter Emily (born December 5, 1994). The family lives on Star Island. On June 5, 2010 Nayib married Lara Diamante Coppola in the backyard of his parents' house.
    More Details Hide Details On June 21, 2012, the first Estefan grandchild was born: grandson Sasha Argento Coppola Estefan. Starting in 1977, Miami Sound Machine began recording and releasing various albums and 45s on the Audiofon Records label in Miami. The first album from 1977 was entitled Live Again/Renacer and was released with two different covers. After several more releases on the Audiofon label as well as the RCA Victor label and Miami Sound Machine's own label MSM Records, the band was signed to Discos CBS International and released several albums, 45s, and 12"s beginning with the 1978 self-titled album Miami Sound Machine. Growing in popularity in both the U.S. and around the world, the group would continue recording and issuing various works for Discos CBS International through 1985. In 1984, Miami Sound Machine released their first Epic/Columbia album, Eyes of Innocence, which contained the dance hit "Dr. Beat" as well as the ballad "I Need Your Love". Their more successful follow-up album Primitive Love was released in 1985 launching three Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Conga" (U.S. No. 10), "Words Get in the Way" (U.S. No. 5), and "Bad Boy" (U.S. No. 8) became follow up hits in the U.S. and around the world. "Words Get in the Way" reached No. 1 on the US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, establishing that the group could perform pop ballads as successfully as dance tunes.
  • 1976
    Gloria became romantically involved with the Miami Sound Machine's band leader, Emilio Estefan, in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details As she later revealed, "he was my first and only boyfriend."
  • 1974
    She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1974, under the name Gloria Garcia Fajardo, reflecting the switch from Spanish naming customs (father's surname then mother's surname) to English (mother's maiden name as middle name and father's surname last).
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  • 1957
    Born on September 1, 1957.
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