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Gloria Estefan


In 1975 Gloria met keyboardist Emilio Estefan, a sales manager for the rum dealer Bacardi who also led a band called the Miami Latin Boys. The band played popular Latin music, but because there was no lead singer, the quartet members took turns singing. A mutual friend asked Emilio to advise Gloria and some friends about organizing a band for a special event. Emilio heard Gloria sing, and when he met her again at a wedding at which the Miami Latin Boys were entertaining, he asked her to sit in with the band. A few weeks later Emilio asked Gloria to perform as lead singer with the band, and she accepted.

At first Gloria sang only on weekends, because she was still attending the University of Miami. A year and a half after Gloria joined the group, by then renamed the Miami Sound Machine, the band recorded its first album for a local label. Renacer was a collection of disco pop and original ballads sung in Spanish. Although Estefan was somewhat plump and very shy when she joined the band, she slimmed down with a rigorous exercise program and worked to overcome her natural reticence.

After several months on a professional level, Emilio and Gloria's professional relationship turned personal, and in September 1978, they were married. Their son Nayib was born two years later, about the time that Emilio quit his job at Bacardi to work full-time with the band, then made up of bassist Marcos Avila, drummer Kiki Garcia, keyboardist, arranger, and saxophonist Raul Murciano, keyboardist Emilio, and soprano Gloria.

Estefan was born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García on September 1, 1957, in Havana, Cuba, to José and Gloria Fajardo. Her maternal grandparents were Spanish immigrants to Cuba — her maternal grandfather, Leonardo García, immigrated to Cuba from Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain, where he married Gloria's maternal grandmother, originally from Logroño, Spain. Prior to the Cuban Revolution, her father was a Cuban soldier and a bodyguard to Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

The Fajardo family fled to Miami, Florida as a result of the Cuban Revolution and settled down there. Shortly after they moved to the United States, Gloria's father joined the U.S. military and fought in the Vietnam War and moved to Houston, Texas, also having participated in the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. Gloria attended St. Michael-Archangel School and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Miami.

Her father became ill after returning from Vietnam and Gloria helped her mother, Gloria Fajardo, care for him. Her mother worked as a schoolteacher for the Dade County Public School system. Gloria Estefan graduated from college in 1979 with a BA in psychology, with a minor in French, from the University of Miami.

When she was studying at the university, she worked as an English/Spanish/French translator at Miami International Airport Customs Department and, because of her language abilities, was once approached by the CIA as a possible employee. Estefan was raised Catholic.


Gloria's first grade teacher Ms.Collins helped Gloria learn English and fit in as the only non-American student in class.
In 2006 Gloria wrote the book Noelle's Treasure Tale.
Gloria was given a guitar at 12 and it became her comfort.
Gloria's father was poisoned by Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.
Gloria entered the University of Miami in 1975 with partial scholarships.
Gloria's mother worked at a local school when Gloria was a child.
Gloria's younger sister is Rebecca.
Gloria took care of her father when he had Multiple Sclerosis.
Gloria's father Jose was involved in the Bay of Pigs Invasion and spent 18 months in prison.
In 1995 Gloria sang the song "Mas Alla" for the 50th year anniversary of Pope John Paul II priesthood. Gloria asked the Pope to pray for free Cuba.
In 1990, Gloria's tour bus was hit by a tractor-trailer. Gloria broke her back in the accident.
Gloria has been a singer since 1977.
Gloria Estefan's son is Nayib.
Gloria is known as the "Queen of Latin Pop".
Gloria Estefan's song "Reach" was the offical theme of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta Georgia.
She was the first Hispanic woman to be named BMI songwriter of the year.
In 2005 she wrote her first book, The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog.
Gloria has a band, The Miami Sound Machine.
Gloria has once worked in the US Customs Service in the Miami airport as a translator.
Gloria has appeared already 3 times in The Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Gloria is 5' 2" (1.57 m).
Gloria and her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., have 2 children: Nayib (born on September 2, 1980) and Emily Marie (born on December 5, 1994).
Gloria is married to Emilio Estefan Jr. since September 2, 1978.
Gloria has covered these songs:
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (by Elton John)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (by Mel Carter).
Everlasting Love (by Robert Knight)
It's Too Late (by Carole King)

 

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