Gabi Wilson, or H.E.R., a Vallejo CA. native, has lit up the R&B industry with her recent success. At just 21 years old, Wilson is nominated for five Grammy Music Awards, and she deserves every single one of them. I could talk about all of Wilson’s successes, but we’d be here for days, so instead I’m going to tell you why H.E.R. deserves your close attention.
Wilson got her foot in the door of the music industry at a very early age, singing an Alicia Keys cover on the Today Show in 2007, when she was just 10 years old. By fifth grade, Wilson had already mastered three instruments: piano, drums, and bass. She later signed with RCA in 2014 and released an EP two years later titled, H.E.R., Vol. 1. Later in 2017, Wilson released her second EP titled, H.E.R Vol. 2 which hit #10 on the iTunes charts in the U.S.
Wilson kept her identity on the down-low by wearing big sunglasses and went by an anonymous name. The acronym, H.E.R., stands for “Having Everything Revealed,” but this a bit ironic since she decided to remain mysterious. In 2016, Wilson told NPR, “I really just wanted it to be about the music… I want people to feel the emotion.” In a time when Instagram users are obsessed with what a musician is wearing or who they are dating, H.E.R. is more interested in letting her music speak for itself.
Wilson’s song, “Lord is Coming” (on her latest EP, I Used to Know Her- Part 2) showcases her amazing rap skills which bring to mind tough questions that are often ignored, such as “It’s a World War III, not you versus me… did we ever think of the need for inner peace?”. “Lord is Coming” makes you reflect about the world that we live in, and, personally, gives me a sense of urgency to change our world for the better. In just five minutes and forty-three seconds, Wilson has inspired me to take action for what I believe in, which is lacking from our society today. Wilson’s voice radiates warmth and peace in her song “Best Part” (feat Daniel Caesar). When I listen to “Best Part”, I close my eyes and I envision myself standing on a beach, looking at a purple sunset, which is pretty darn close to my idea of paradise.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is the sponsor of the 61st Grammy Awards Ceremony being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, February 10, 2019 starting at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. This year’s Grammy Awards show is being hosted by Alicia Keys and there will be performances by Diana Ross, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Brandi Carlise, Miley Cyrus and current multi-Grammy nominee H.E.R.