H.E.R. and the new R&B generation
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H.E.R. wins the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B and co-stars with Lenny Kravitz and Travis Barker in one of the gala’s most iconic performances.
By Afroféminas*. H.E.R. stands for Having Everything Revealed. An ironic moniker that she uses to define herself as an artist who likes to keep a low profile behind her iconic sunglasses.
Her name is Gabriella Wilson and at 24 she is now a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist acclaimed by critics and more: H.E.R. has become an artists’ artist. Indeed, it was big names in the music world who brought her to the spotlight as being part of their “music cult”.
Celebrities like Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys or Barack Obama have expressed their admiration for her work. Her velvety voice rules the R&B charts and leads the genre into a much more activist and emotional direction. .
H.E.R.’s tracks rule the R&B charts and lead the genre into a much more activist and emotional direction.
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Wilson has Filipino roots on her mother’s side and African-American roots on her father’s side. .
Before being known by her stage name, the California artist got her start on Nickelodeon, making her debut as an actress in School Gyrls. She also took part in Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing and released her first song, My Music, at the age of 12. At 14, she signed her first recording contract with Sony Music’s RCA Records and released her first single Something to Prove.
It was not until 2016 when the name H.E.R. started to come to light. In an interview for Forbes, the singer explained that she took her time to mature both as an artist and as a person, and that she combined her education with music, prioritizing her studies, until she eventually decided to pursue her career as a songwriter and singer.
She did this through the release of her first EP, “H.E.R. Vol. 1”. This first project was backed by fellow artists such as Bryson Tiller, Alicia Keys and Usher. From that moment on, she gradually became the star she is today.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist
During an interview with James Corden, H.E.R. revealed that she comes from a musical family. Her father was in a cover band and she grew up surrounded by musical instruments to which she could not resist. She also explains that her mother used to challenge her to write poems and little songs at the age of just five years old.
Today, the singer displays her amazing talent as an instrumentalist playing bass, electric guitar, piano and different percussion instruments in her performances. In short, a multi-talented artist who, in case you didn’t know her, you urgently need to discover.
The singer H.E.R. displays her amazing talent as an instrumentalist playing bass, electric guitar, piano and different percussion instruments in her performances.
H.E.R. gets top recognition at awards
In 2018, she met Daniel Caesar in the recording studio and together they crafted what would become one of the greatest hits of both their careers. At the 2019 Grammy Awards, H.E.R. won the award for Best R&B Performance. Best Part scores over 800 million streams on digital platforms and is part of the singer’s first album, titled H.E.R.
This project got the artist nominated for 4 more awards that year: Best R&B Song and Album and two nominations in the major categories: Best New Artist and Album Of The Year. It also managed to catch Rihanna’s attention, who shared the song Focus on her social networks, thus making it viral.
The road to success was to continue with her next album, I Used To Know Her. The project featured collaborations with Bryson Tiller, Cordae and DJ Scratch. H.E.R. decided to first launch two EPs to finally release a compilation album including some extra tracks.
In this album, the artist shines as a singer-songwriter and explores recurring themes such as love, nostalgia and the emotional contradictions she faces when growing out of adolescence.
Particularly noteworthy is her track with DJ Scratch, Lost Souls, with protest rap lyrics and a retro production reminiscent, in essence, of 90s hip hop. The album also features iconic acoustic ballads where the singer uses the classic sound of her electric guitar to accompany herself.
I Used to Know Her won Best R&B Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards, among other awards, and gave us epic performances by the singer such as her performance together with Cordae at the BET Awards and her concert at NPR’s Tiny Desk.
I Can’t Breathe, H.E.R.’s tribute to George Floyd
2020 was a turbulent year, loaded with protest with the media resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. During COVID-19 quarantine, H.E.R. composed the song I Can’t Breathe with which she joined the outcry for George Floyd’s death and for all the victims of racism and police violence in the United States. At the 2021 Grammy Awards she was awarded Best Song of the Year and at the VMAs she won Best Social Song.
Before releasing her latest album, Back of My Mind, H.E.R. was involved in other projects including composing Fight For You for the original soundtrack of the film Judas and The Black Messiah, for which she won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
She performed at the LV Super Bowl edition
In 2021 she performed at the Super Bowl singing her version of America, the Beautiful with her electric guitar, delivering a performance that will become part of the history of this sporting event for its passion and emotionality. Pay attention to those guitar licks.
Back of My Mind, the album that positions her as one of the big names in R&B
In her latest album, H.E.R. rubs shoulders with prominent artists from the rap, hip hop and R&B scene such as Ty Dolla $ign and Chris Brown and once again relies on Bryson Tiller and Cordae. In her solo tracks she preserves the singer-songwriter essence that defines her career, while including new topics in her songs such as infidelity or a more mature vision of love and life.
This album has also received many award nominations and promises amazing live performances, such as this acoustic rendition of Back of My Mind.
H.E.R., Christina Aguilera, Iggy Pop, Måneskin, Black Eyed Peas and many more are waiting for you
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