- 17 Nov 2019
written by Tiana Warren (@Ladyrednails)
i. New musician changing the game:
Born Gabriella Wilson, H.E.R, is a new voice in the R&B game bringing a soultry sound to the world of relationships, vulnerability and being a powerful young woman. A native of Vallejo, California born to a filipino mother and African American father, H.E.R originally broke onto the music scene in 2009 after she participated in the Radio Disney’s ‘Next Big Thing’ competition. In 2014 she signed to RCA records and released a single under her real name, Gabi Wilson. In 2016 the persona of H.E.R, which stands for Having Everything Revealed, re-emerged. She has received support from big names in the industry such as: Usher, Issa Rae, Rihanna, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller.
At the tender age of 21, H.E.R is a true artist with a devoted skill for channeling both the pain and thrills of life through a variety of sonic moods and musicality; H.E.R is definitely changing the game.
Heartfelt and real are two words synonymous with what one could expect from H.E.R’s sound. It quickly pulls on the heart strings and takes you to that vulnerable place you didn’t even know you wanted to go. In addition to incredible vocals, she is no stranger to the bass, the guitar and the drums. There are very few female artists today, if any, that possesses the musical skill that H.E.R brings to the stage and to her recordings. In her music yearning, courtship, intimacy, friction and conflict all gets explored over dark soul grooves.
If you mixed Aaliyah with Chaka Khan and added a pinch of Prince, you’d have H.E.R. Gabi often is draped in sporty but chic attire with her big natural hair flowing down her back. However, almost always she keeps her identity hidden by hiding her eyes. In person and in photographs she still keeps sunglasses on to obscure her eyes. Why does she do that? Over and over again, she says she wants her music to speak for itself.
She shared that she’s starting her own charitable foundation pretty soon. It’s her way of staying true to her roots, and her newfound self.
“She says,I just want to give back to the community that raised me now that I’ve gotten to a point where I can do that,”
"I want the people to hear the music for what it is, and not have any judgments or make any assumptions." — H.E.R. (https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/her)