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Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan is an internationally known singer and one of the leading exponents of the Miami Sound - a fusion of Latin rhythms and international pop.

Born Gloria Maria Fajardo on Sept. 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba, she rose to fame as the lead singer for the Miami Sound Machine. She was 17 and just finished with a Catholic girls' school in 1975 when she sang her first ballad with a then-unknown band called the Miami Latin Boys. The group later became the Miami Sound Machine, with Estefan as its leader.

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Gloria Estefan is an internationally known singer and one of the leading exponents of the Miami Sound - a fusion of Latin rhythms and international pop.

Born Gloria Maria Fajardo on Sept. 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba, she rose to fame as the lead singer for the Miami Sound Machine. She was 17 and just finished with a Catholic girls' school in 1975 when she sang her first ballad with a then-unknown band called the Miami Latin Boys. The group later became the Miami Sound Machine, with Estefan as its leader.

[Sample songs by Gloria Estefan with iTunes here.]

In the late 1980s Billboard magazine named it one of the most successful pop bands in the country. Her father, Jose Fajardo, was a champion volleyball player in Cuba and a member of the motorcycle escort that guarded the wife of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. After Fidel Castro's revolution overthrew Batista's government in 1959, the Fajardos left for the United States. Gloria was 1 year old. Her father participated in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion that tried to reclaim Cuba from Castro in 1961, but was captured and held in a Cuban jail for more than a year. After Jose Fajardo was released he joined the U.S. Army and moved his family to Texas. He served in Vietnam and came back to Miami in 1968. He suffered from a variety of ailments, including multiple sclerosis that could have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

Gloria's mother, also named Gloria, supported the family. Her daughter took refuge in music, singing for hours. After high school at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in southwest Miami, she began college at the University of Miami. In 1975, after hearing Gloria at a church gathering, a Cuban emigre named Emilio Estefan Jr., invited her to sing with his band, the Miami Latin Boys. She agreed to learn the band's salsa tunes if she could also sing ballads.

The Estefans married after she graduated from college in 1979 with a psychology degree. Their son Nayib was born the next year. (A daughter, Emily, was born 13 years later.) The Miami Sound Machine recorded a few albums, mostly in Spanish, and toured Latin America before rising on the Billboard charts in 1985 with "Dr. Beat," the English-language version of a Spanish song. They followed it with "Conga," a Top Ten Hit that is still a popular number. Other hits included "Betcha Say That," "1-2-3 "and "Rhythm is Gonna Get You."

As the band's lead singer, Gloria Estefan achieved national acclaim and became one of the biggest Cuban-American names in the country. She earned a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. She suffered a setback in 1990, when she was involved in a bus accident on a snow-covered highway near the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. She shattered two vertebrae in her back, but she eventually recovered.

Gloria Estefan is also known for her community service. After Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida in 1992, she spearheaded a Hurricane Relief concert which raised $2 million for victims. The Estefan's also campaigned successfully for safer boating regulations after a tourist on a personal watercraft attempted to jump the wake of their boat, but instead flipped under the boat's propeller and was killed. The accident happened in 1995.

Her recordings include two Grammy-winning Spanish albums, "Mi Tierra" and "Abriendo Puertas." She recently released "90 Millas," which updates classic Cuban songs from the genres of son and bolero.

Gloria and her husband Emilio own the company Estefan Enterprises. They currently live in Miami on Star Island.
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  • Gloria Estefan on new music competition show 'The Next'

    Gloria Estefan on new music competition show 'The Next'
    Gloria Estefan stopped by WGN Midday News to talk about her involvement in a new CW music competition television show, "The Next." "The Next" will spotlight mentors who travel the country in search of an undiscovered star. The four mentors include Nelly,...
  • Prepare yourself for gawk-apalooza

    Prepare yourself for gawk-apalooza
    There isn't going to be a better time all year for star sightings in Chicago than this weekend. Lollapalooza will not only bring 100-plus acts to the city, but also draw dozens of celebrities who are just as excited as the rest of us to watch their...
  • Can Your Child Be 'The Next' Star?

    Can Your Child Be 'The Next' Star?
    We learned about the CW's latest show 'The Next' and a couple of tips from Julia Samerbosa about getting your child into show business. In each episode of "The Next," four music industry superstars Gloria Estefan, John Rich, Nelly, and Joe Jonas will...
  • 'The Next' recap, Virginia's Jordan Baird wins Baltimore competition

    'The Next' recap, Virginia's Jordan Baird wins Baltimore competition
    Last month, the CW came to Baltimore to film an episode of its new reality singing competition, "The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep." On it, Joe Jonas, Nelly, Gloria Estefan and John Rich took 72 hours to coach four unsigned  performers, who sang for a...
  • Allison Hagendorf Talks About Hosting New CW Talent Show 'The Next'

    Allison Hagendorf Talks About Hosting New CW Talent Show 'The Next'
    Allison Hagendorf, the host of "The Next" which airs on PIX11, stops by to talk about the show and we talks about her other talents. In each episode of THE NEXT, four music industry superstars -- Gloria Estefan, John Rich, Nelly, and Joe Jonas -- will...
  • 'The Voice' recap, Baltimore's Nelly's Echo kills it, joins Christina Aguilera's team

    'The Voice' recap, Baltimore's Nelly's Echo kills it, joins Christina Aguilera's team
    The biggest thing to hit NBC's "The Voice" tonight was Baltimore's Nelly's Echo, a Nigerian refugee who wowed the judges with his rendition of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine," and who found a place on Christina Aguilera's team. Nelly’s Echo --...
  • 'Glee' recap: Goodbye

    'Glee' recap: Goodbye
    Now it's time to say goodbye to the graduates at William McKinley High. This week's glee club assignment is, appropriately enough, "Goodbye." Mr. Schu asks the underclassmen to perform a song for the seniors and vice versa. Then he delivers a heartfelt...
  • 'The Voice' recap, The battling and stealing continues

    'The Voice' recap, The battling and stealing continues
    We're about half done with the battle rounds on NBC's "The Voice," and coaches have been making some tough decisions in whittling down their teams. But for every few cuts they make, an addition happens with a steal. Interesting thing to note: After...
  • 'The Next' brings Joe Jonas, other celebs to Hippodrome tonight

    'The Next' brings Joe Jonas, other celebs to Hippodrome tonight
    For the past few days, Gloria Estefan, Nelly, John Rich and Joe Jonas have been in Baltimore, preparing contestants to compete in a new TV show. Called "The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep," the CW's singing competition partners the four stars with local,...
  • At 'The Next' Hippodrome taping, four Baltimore singers vie for show's semi-finals

    At 'The Next' Hippodrome taping, four Baltimore singers vie for show's semi-finals
    When Joe Jonas, Nelly, Gloria Estefan and John Rich took the stage at the Hippodrome last night, the audience burst into screams and applause. Most of the excitement was for Jonas and Nelly -- girls proposed and sang the musician's songs to get their...
  • Singer Joe Jonas Talks About New CW Show 'The Next'

    Singer Joe Jonas Talks About New CW Show 'The Next'
    Singer Joe Jonas stopped by to talk about his new show on the CW called "The Next," in which he is a judge. In each episode of "The Next," four music industry superstars Gloria Estefan, John Rich, Nelly, and Joe Jonas will drop in on the lives of four...