|Full Name||Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson|
|Birthday||[June 27, 1997](https://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/her.html)|
Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, known professionally as H.E.R., is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actress whose music combines soul, R&B, funk, hip-hop, and jazz. With her smooth vocals and candid storytelling, H.E.R. has quickly become one of the most exciting new voices in R&B.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
H.E.R. was born on June 27, 1997 in Vallejo, California. As a child, she taught herself to play guitar and piano, performing on radio stations and in talent shows around the Bay Area by the age of 10.
At 14, H.E.R. signed with RCA Records. However, feeling unready for the spotlight, she bought back her contract at 18 and went independent, adopting the stage name H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed).
Rise to Prominence with Breakthrough EPs
In 2016, H.E.R. began sharing her music anonymously through two EPs on SoundCloud – H.E.R. Volume 1 and H.E.R. Volume 2. Songs like "Focus" and "Jungle" generated buzz online.
The next year, she released a compilation album H.E.R. including the hit "Best Part" ft. Daniel Caesar. The album reached #12 on the Billboard R&B chart, cementing her status as a rising star.
Mainstream Success and Accolades
In 2018, H.E.R. fully emerged into the spotlight, performing at Coachella and on TV shows like the Today Show. She also opened for Bruno Mars and Lenny Kravitz on tour and contributed to major film soundtracks.
She won her first two Grammys in 2019 for Best R&B Album and Performance. She continued collecting Grammys for songs like "Hard Place" and "I Can‘t Breathe." In 2021, she made history as the first Black woman to win Best Original Song in over 35 years for Judas and the Black Messiah.
Musical Style and Influences
H.E.R.‘s music fuses modern R&B and hip-hop with old school soul and funk. Her emotive vocals draw comparisons to R&B legends like Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, and Alicia Keys. She tackles relatable topics like relationships, self-esteem, and social issues in her lyrics.
H.E.R. cites musical inspirations ranging from Prince to Jimi Hendrix to Bonnie Raitt. She is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, drums, and more, allowing creative freedom in the studio.
- 1997 – Born in Vallejo, California
- 2007 – Began performing on radio and in talent shows at 10 years old
- 2014 – Signed to RCA Records at 14
- 2016 – Independently released breakthrough EPs as H.E.R.
- 2017 – Compilation album H.E.R. released, including hit "Best Part"
- 2018 – Won first two Grammy Awards, performed at Coachella
- 2021 – Won Oscar for Best Original Song "Fight For You"
Why We Love H.E.R.
- Her incredible vocals and musical talent
- Unique blend of classic R&B/soul with contemporary sounds
- Meaningful lyrics about love, relationships and societal issues
- Relatable and down-to-earth despite massive success
- Passion for music shone through in energetic live shows
- Role model and inspiration, especially for young Black women
5 Interesting Facts About H.E.R.
- Taught herself to play guitar, drums, keys, bass and more as a child
- Was home schooled from 6th grade on to focus on music
- Owns over 50 custom guitars, including designs by PRS and Fender
- Has synesthesia – she associates music with colors
- Working on debut studio album after compilation projects
It‘s been incredible watching H.E.R.‘s journey from child prodigy to anonymous R&B sensation to household name. At just 26, she has the talent and drive for even greater success. I can‘t wait to see what she accomplishes next!