Music had a hold of Gloria Estefan early on. “My mom couldn't get a diaper on me unless she was singing to me,” Estefan tells American Songwriter . Videos by American Songwriter Kevin Griffin From Better Than Ezra Advice On Songwriting Growing up listening to everything from country music, Johnny Mathis, and some of the great Latin singers, as a child, she was already starting to sing and play guitar. By the mid-1970s, she joined the Miami Latin Boys — later renamed Miami Sound Machine — with her future husband Emilio Estefan. Writing hits with Miami Sound Machine, from their 1977 debut, Live Again , through the group's tenth album, Let It Loose , in 1987, Estefan also embarked on her own solo career. Throughout her more than 30 years, Estefan continued writing on her 1989 solo debut, Cuts Both Ways with No. 1 hits, “Don't Wanna Lose You” and “Here We Are,” and later hits “Coming Out of the Dark,” “Live for Loving You,” and her cover of the 1976 Vicki Sue Robinson disco hit “Turn the Beat Around,” among many more. Over the years, Estefan also wrote several hits for other artists , including John Secada's “Just Another Day” in 1992, and Jennifer Lopez ‘s 1999 hit “Let's Get Loud.” Estefan has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, won seven Grammy awards, and in 2023, she was revealed as one of six artists set for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame . Prior to the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, Estefan spoke to American Songwriter and shared stories behind some of her biggest hits, how she vividly remembers where she was, and what she was doing, when she wrote each one of her songs, writing a new country song, and the track she originally wrote for Michael Jackson that she ended up recording. American Songwriter: Congratulations on your induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Gloria Estefan: Thank you. It's a big honor. It's a big one for me. It's funny because I'm getting an award with Glen Ballard, who wrote one of my favorite […]
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