Gabriella WilsonÂ (born June 27, 1997),Â better known professionally asÂ H.E.R.Â (pronounced “her”, aÂ backronymÂ for Having Everything Revealed), is an American singer and songwriter. Before gaining notability as H.E.R., Wilson rose to fame by participating inÂ Radio Disney‘sÂ Next Big ThingÂ in 2009. She later signed toÂ RCA RecordsÂ at the age of 14 and released the single “Something to Prove” under her real name in 2014.
Wilson re-emerged in 2016 with the H.E.R. persona, releasing her debutÂ EPÂ H.E.R. Volume 1. She then released subsequent EPsÂ H.E.R. Volume 2Â (2017),Â The B SidesÂ (2017),Â I Used to Know Her: The PreludeÂ (2018) andÂ I Used to Know Her: Part 2Â (2018). Her first compilation albumÂ H.E.R.Â was released in October 2017, consisting of tracks from the singer’s first two EPs plus six additional songs.Â H.E.R.Â was nominated for fiveÂ Grammy AwardsÂ at theÂ 61st Annual Grammy AwardsÂ in 2019, winningÂ Best R&B PerformanceÂ andÂ Best R&B Album.
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In 2020, she was nominated for five awards at theÂ 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, includingÂ Album of the YearÂ forÂ I Used to Know HerÂ andÂ Song of the YearÂ for “Hard Place”.
||June 27, 1997
Vallejo, California, U.S.
- Bryson Tiller
- Daniel Caesar
- Ella Mai
- Chris Brown
Wilson was born inÂ Vallejo, California,Â to aÂ FilipinaÂ mother and anÂ African-AmericanÂ father. Raised in the California’sÂ San Francisco Bay Area, she was introduced to the public as a child, coveringÂ Alicia KeysÂ on piano on theÂ Today Show,Â before competing onÂ Radio Disney’s The Next BIG ThingÂ when she was 12 years old.
Addressing the secrecy over her identity, H.E.R. has said: “The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who I was at the time of creating the project… I feel like oftentimes we don’t like to be open as people about our emotions or things that we are going through. At the time [of recording], I was very closed off except for when I was writing or when I was in the studio.”
She explained further: “I am a voice for women who feel like they’re alone in these situations. This project came from emotion, and that’s what I want it to be about â€“ not what I look like or who I’m with, but the raw emotion and support for women.”Â ToÂ NPRÂ she said, “I feel like 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?'”
After being signed toÂ RCAÂ underÂ SonyÂ at the age of 16, she released a single in 2014 titled “Something to Prove” under her real name.
Re-emerging in late 2016 with a new persona and her debut EP,Â H.E.R. Vol. 1Â was released September 9, 2016, produced by songwriter David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, Wilson received support fromÂ Usher,Â Tyrese,Â Pusha T, andÂ Wyclef Jean; labelmatesÂ Alicia KeysÂ andÂ Bryson TillerÂ helped get the word out through Twitter co-signs, shoutouts, and re-posts.Â In April 2017,Â RihannaÂ posted an Instagram clip with H.E.R.’s track “Focus” playing in the background. The clip has been viewed over 5 million times.Â Additional public support came fromÂ Issa RaeÂ of HBO’sÂ Insecure,Â Taraji P. HensonÂ ofÂ Empire,Â Kylie Jenner, andÂ Kendall Jenner.
NPRÂ listedÂ H.E.R. Vol. 1Â as the first selection in its “5 Essential R&B Albums You Slept On”.Â Calling the music “Slow-burning R&B that zooms in on emotional highs and lows,”Â Rolling StoneÂ included H.E.R. in its March 2017 “10 Artists You Need To Know” roundup.Â ForbesÂ named her one of “5 Alternative R&B Artists to Look Out for in 2017”, reporting: “In the same vein asÂ The Weeknd‘s enigmatic introduction to the world, H.E.R.’s image remains a mystery. The irony, though, is that her moniker is an acronym for Having Everything Revealed.”
https://en.wikipedia.orgWilson’s follow-up EP,Â H.E.R. Vol. 2Â (2017) also produced by Harris, was released on June 16, 2017 and includes the single “Say It Again”. Also in 2017, she was on tour withÂ Bryson TillerÂ for the Set It Off tour, and concluded her first headlining tour, the Lights On Tour, in support of her most recent effortÂ H.E.R. Vol. 2.Â She releasedÂ H.E.R. Vol. 2, The B SidesÂ (2017), also produced by Swagg R’Celious on October 20, 2017 along with the single titledÂ 2, released on October 13, 2017. The compilation albumÂ H.E.R.Â was released on October 20, 2017, comprising the songs from each of the three EP’s in this series. The album wonÂ Best R&B AlbumÂ and received four other nominations at theÂ 61st Grammy Awards, includingÂ Album of the YearÂ andÂ Best New ArtistÂ for H.E.R.
Wilson announced on September 12, 2018, she will be embarking on the “I Used to Know H.E.R. Tour” in support of her EP seriesÂ I Used to Know Her: The PreludeÂ andÂ I Used to Know Her: Part 2.Â Her second compilation albumÂ I Used to Know HerÂ was released on August 30, 2019.
She was one of the headliners at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York on September 28, 2019.
In October 5, 2019, she participated in the 2019 edition of theÂ Rock in RioÂ festival located inÂ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among the headliners wereÂ Drake,Â Foo Fighters,Â Bon Jovi,Â Red Hot Chili Peppers,Â Iron Maiden,Â PinkÂ andÂ Muse.Â 
Consisting mostly ofÂ contemporary R&BÂ ballads, H.E.R’s songs have been described as “downcast post-breakup material that sounded vulnerable and assured at once”.
- Lights on Tour (2017)
- I Used to Know Her Tour (2018)
Awards and nominations