H.E.R. - Who is She?

Updated: Jun 24, 2020


In 2020, H.E.R was nominated for five awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for, I Used to Know Her and Song of the Year for "Hard Place".

She won two Grammys last year was nominated for another five this year, including top category Album of the Year. The singer-songwriter spent the early part of her career working to keep her identity a secrete. Today, H.E.R. is more open about who she is yet she does still always performs in her sunglasses. It’s almost ironic, actually, as her name is an acronym for Having Everything Revealed. She wants her craft to do the talking. She is a very talented 22 year old, singer, musician and songwriter. H.E.R. was born Gabriella Wilson, she goes by Gabi or her stage name,


Where did she come from? How did she make it? She seems familiar?

A child prodigy, H.E.R. had been singing and performing since girlhood. A young Gabi Wilson sang in her dad’s cover band as a child, and at age 10, she covered Alicia Keys’s “If I Ain’t Got You” on the Today show. When she was 12, she got her big break: She was one of five finalists in an American Idol-like radio show contest, on Radio Disney which she did not win (she lost). Her big break came when she signed her first record deal with Sony at 14.

By late 2018, H.E.R. woke up to news of two Grammy nominations. One for Album of the Year (for the self-titledH.E.R. Volume 1) and another for Best New Artist.

She can play five instruments! A pianist, drummer, and masterful guitarist who can solo with the electric, acoustic, and bass guitar, she can rock out.

Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Lauren Hall and B.B. King are her influences. When H.E.R. was a child, she would wake up in the morning to her dad making breakfast in the kitchen and blasting Prince's music. Watching Prince and Lenny Kravitz videos changed her life.


The reception to her music has been exceptional and she wants the focus on the music. H.E.R. just hopes people, especially women, listen to what she’s got to say. 

“I want it to be about the music — its honesty and realness. Everything is true to me. I want women to really feel how honest and vulnerable I am and to understand that they are not alone and that these are all human emotions,” she said. time.”






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