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Getting To Know H.E.R.

By Mia Manns

Everyone finds the mystery in “H.E.R. Volume 1.” First of all, the artist didn’t
show her face in videos or promotional material until 2018. H.E.R. stands
for Having Everything Revealed, which may leave some still fans
wondering, what does that mean? It turns out H.E.R. is Disney star
Gabriella “Gabi” Wilson, who was signed to RCA Records at the age of 14
and released her first single, ‘Something To Prove,’ in 2014.
With the H.E.R. persona, she casts off stardom. In an interview with NPR ,
she said, “This is the era of the anti-star. I really just wanted it to be about
the music, and get away from, “Who is she with” and “What is she
wearing?’” When “H.E.R. Volume 1” came out in September 2016, no one
knew who the artist was, but the media guessed it was Gabi within 48
hours.
Raised in Vallejo by a Filipina mother and an African-American father, Gabi
Wilson went viral in covering Alicia Keys on the Today Show at age 10. A
child prodigy, she has busted the charts with two number one singles on
Billboard’s adult R&B chart, ‘Focus’ and ‘Best Part’ featuring Daniel Caesar.
The second EP, “H.E.R. Volume 2,” was released in June 2017, and a
special extended edition with the B Sides came later. In August 2018,
H.E.R. released “I Used to Know Her: The Prelude,” and “I Used to Know
Her: Part 2” followed in November 2018.
In interviews, H.E.R. says her love of guitar music comes from her father.
The R&B contemporary ballads were influenced by Prince, Lauryn Hill,
Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. At a very young
age, she would play with her dad’s band after music festivals and in talent
competitions. She’s played the blues since she was seven. Talk about a
prodigy.

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