International Superstar, Gloria Estefan, is a Grammy award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers and the most successful Latin crossover artist in music history, per Billboard Magazine.
Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Estefan has garnered eight Grammy Awards and an Oscar nomination for her performance of the song “Music Of My Heart.” She has received an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and was inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2015, President Obama honored Emilio & Gloria Estefan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the United States, to world peace, and cultural endeavors. In 2017, Gloria was the first Cuban-American singer-songwriter to receive The Kennedy Center Honors.
ON YOUR FEET!, the TONY Award-nominated Broadway musical based on the lives and music of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. As Executive Producers, it is the story of two people who—through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream— showcased their talent, music and heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. On Your Feet! has received rave reviews and nominations for TONY Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Drama League Awards and is now on tour worldwide. She is the founder of the Gloria Estefan Foundation whose mission is to support charitable programs for disadvantaged children and empower young people through education and opportunity. The Foundation also supports spinal cord research through the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
In 2020 her Grammy-winning album, Brazil305 topped the charts worldwide while she served as one of three hosts for her four-time Emmy nominated and Emmy winning & GLAAD Award nominated Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Its 20 episodes are streaming now. In 2021 she voiced the character Marta in the critically acclaimed animated film “Vivo,” with music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and released on Netflix.
In the summer of 2022, Estefan starred in ‘Father of the Bride’ opposite Andy García airing on HBOMAX. The movie amassed HBO Max’s biggest audience for a streaming-only film and soared to the No. 1 title spot across HBO Max worldwide.
Released in November of 2022, the ‘Estefan Family Christmas’ album featuring Gloria alongside her daughter, Emily (27) and grandson, Sasha (10) will be one of the first albums of its kind to combine three generations. It will include 12 Christmas classics and two original songs, one of which was written by Gloria, Emily and Sasha.
This year, Gloria will be the first Latina in history to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Recognizing her for the iconic songs that she has written, for example, “Anything for You, Don’t Wanna Lose You, Words Get In The Way, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Let’s Get Loud…” among many others that have enriched and transformed music and the lives of billions of listeners all over the world.
Lainey Wilson has cemented her reputation as an authentic storyteller and a must-see performer. The BBR Music Group artist, who has notched two No. 1 songs in the past year, has proven herself a mainstay at country radio and award shows since releasing 2021’s critically acclaimed Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’. On her Broken Bow Records’ follow-up, Bell Bottom Country, the Louisiana native ups the ante.
Also produced by Jay Joyce, Bell Bottom Country is a natural continuation of her debut, but showcases Wilson’s immeasurable growth as an artist, songwriter and person. Still unapologetically saying what is on her mind, across the 14 tracks, Lainey reveals more of her multifaceted character and digs deeper to share what is in her soul.
“I've lived more life and I have a lot more to say,” the reigning Academy of Country Music New Female Artist of the Year admits. “I've gotten the courage to share more of myself without fear and even be a little more brazen with my delivery.”
The album takes its name from the phrase used to describe her music, style and overall vibe: “Bell Bottom Country,” meaning Country but with a flare. The flare being that special thing that makes someone unique—something Lainey has in spades. Bell Bottom County showcases her dynamism and makeup as a woman who is wise, fun, empowering, vulnerable, badass, unceremonious, tenacious and above all else, real. The music reflects her multidimensional character, offering elements of ‘70s Rock, Funk and Soul but remaining Country to the core.
Songs like rollicking album opener “Hillbilly Hippie” and its follow-up “Road Runner,” which details Wilson’s traveling gypsy lifestyle, complement the roots that keep calling her home in songs like “Me, You, and Jesus” and poignant story song “Those Boots (Deddy’s Song),” which details her lifelong bond with her father and desire for family life. Lainey’s personality shines through even on more raucous songs like “This One’s Gonna Cost Me” and “Hold My Halo” but no more than the very autobiographical “Live Off” and the force of a track “Wildflowers and Wild Horses.”
Lead single “Heart Like A Truck” sets the stage for the new project. The semi-autobiographical tune highlights Wilson’s songwriting prowess with clever metaphors and vivid imagery. A song that demonstrates Wilson’s strong sense of self, “Heart Like A Truck” picks up where debut No. 1 and ACM Song of the Year “Things A Man Oughta Know” left off.
The single is a raw and real story song where Wilson speaks matter-of-factly about hardship and shares the importance of embracing the scratches, dents and bumps along the road of life. “It’s good as it is tough,” she croons on the introspective power ballad.
“You can go through things in life, and you don't have to let it tear you up completely. You can just let it mold you and who you're supposed to be and stand tall and be proud of that,” she says. “That's what makes you, you. There's only one of you and that's what gives you a story to tell at the end of the day. The shiny truck on the lot – you know that it can't say that.”
Wilson’s life experience has allowed her to come into her own as a confident woman who bares it all on Bell Bottom Country. Woven throughout the project is a quiet, underlying sense of empowerment, delivered through honesty and wisdom. Whether it be the sultry, sassy “Grease,” the confessional rebound track “Weak-End” or the contemplative and encouraging anthem “Atta Girl,” Lainey is unapologetic and generous with herself. Album standout “Watermelon Moonshine” shows just how far she’s come. That retrospective coming of age ballad about young love finds Lainey nostalgically reflecting on the dauntlessness of teenage feelings—and finding amusement in just how confidently unversed to the world she was at the time.
“Every single song on here I'm pulling back the layers and I'm showing people what it is that makes me, me. We all have seen some things and have a story— I’m sharing mine because I want to encourage people to lean into whatever it is that makes them, them. I also want to make people feel everything,” she says. “I want to make them laugh; I want to make people cry. I want to make them feel inspired to change the world or even just go get a drink, all of it.”
Wilson is taking her own advice and leaning in on the opportunities she has been presented. After having three songs featured in Yellowstone the singer landed a role in Season 5 of the hit television drama, where she’ll play a musician named Abby.
“A lot of these new opportunities that I'm taking, I've never done a day in my life,” she says of her new acting role. “I know that the Lord would not have blessed me with these opportunities if I was not supposed to take them.”
One of those recent opportunities includes joining Cole Swindell as duet partner on his song, “Never Say Never.” The collaboration was a two-week No. 1 and garnered Wilson her second chart topper. Wilson, who also is juggling a major tour with Jon Pardi in the midst of her burgeoning acting career, joins Luke Combs on the road later this year. Throughout each new opportunity, Wilson gives it her all.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Best New Country Artist and three-time ACM Awards winner has come a long way since her first family trip to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry at age 9. In the decade since she made the move to Nashville, Wilson has maintained her goal to make people feel something within every song she writes and shares.
“I feel a lot of these accomplishments have been like a stamp of approval,” she says. “I've just been paying my dues and showing people that I'm here for the long run and I ain't going anywhere. … I made a vow to say what people are already thinking. We're just getting started.”
Breakout Queen of Da Souf rapper Latto has been making a name for herself since she was eight years old and hasn’t stopped since. The Rap Game Season One winner has continually released music and in 2020, it landed the ATL-based artist a deal with RCA Records. In the past two and a half years, the 23-year-old released her project Queen of Da Souf followed her most recent album 777 while continuing to elevate and garner accolade after accolade. To name a few – she’s the first female rapper to ever have a #1 record at Pop, Rhythm and Urban Radio with the same single (“Big Energy”), the first solo female rapper from Atlanta to receive an RIAA-certification (both Gold and Platinum) and amassed her first top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with RIAA-certified Platinum single “Big Energy” (peak #3).
She’s also performed on various late night television shows and televised award shows including the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, BET Awards and more. The recent BET “Best New Artist” winner is embracing this new phase in her career – manifesting good fortune and hitting bar after bar with witty, captivating lyrics, but staying true to herself and her roots. Big Latto’s ‘got that real big energy’ and shows no signs of stopping.
iHeartMedia and SeeHer celebrate the women who make music, influence change, and sew the fabric of our culture. The third annual one-hour special event will highlight three successful and influential artists in music with interviews from Gloria Estefan, Latto, and Lainey. The live one-hour streamed event will dive into the lives of these three leading female artists, their influence and their continued efforts to flip the status quo.
Through in-depth interviews and archival footage, these power female artists share stories of triumph, bravery and innovation resulting in staggering success. Woven throughout the hour, we will hear the inspiring thoughts and wisdom of women at the top of their game throughout the entertainment industry. iHeartRadio SeeHer Hear Her honors the bad ass women who are shattering stereotypes with their accomplishments, creating opportunities and inspiring generations to find their own voice and share it with the world.
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