Gloria Estefanwas born as Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo Garcia. She was born on September 1, 1957 in Havana Cuba. Her father is Jose Fajardo and is a proud anti-communist. Her father served multiple tours of duty, as an officer, in the United states Army in the war with Vietnam. He died in 1980 after he had developed multiple sclerosis and it was believed that he had been exposed to Agent orange, a chemical used in the Vietnam War. Gloriaís mother, Gloria Garcia Perez de Fajardo is living in Miami, Florida. She had previously ran a school in Cuba in the 1950's, for kindergarten students.
Gloria is a five time Grammy Award winning Cuban-American singer and songwriter. In 1975 she began her career as a lead vocalist for a Hispanic dance band known as, Miami Sound Machine. They had some success with the songs, Dr. Beat in 1984 and Conga in 1986. Her single, Donít Wanna Lose You, in 1989, was certified Platinum in the United States and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Gloria also has number one hits on the pop, dance, adult contemporary, Latin, and salsa charts. She is known as the Queen of Latin Pop and she is one of the most popular music artists in the world. She has sold over 90 million albums and she is the single most successful crossover performer in Latin music history. She has received the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor in 1993. She has won Hispanic Heritage Award, an MTV Video Music Award, two cable television Ace Awards, and in 1993, she won the National Music Foundationís Humanitarian of the Year Award, and she received the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and her husband has one as well.
Gloria helped with the relief effort of hurricane Andrew in 1992. In 1993 she returned to her Cuban roots with a Spanish album. She won a Grammy Award for best Tropical Latin Album with it. It was called Mi Tierra and it was successful worldwide and it sold over 8 million copies. It was the best selling international album ever to sell in Spain. Her 1995 Spanish language album, Abriendo Puertas earned Gloria her second Grammy for Best tropical Latin Album. From the album came two number one dance hits which were Abriendo Puertas, and Tres Deseos. It also had 2 Latin singles, Abriendo Puertos, and Mas Alla.
Gloria and her husband Amileo are also entrepreneurs,. They own businesses such as restaurants, and two hotels. Gloria has made her mark in the world and is loved by many. She has a lot of fans and will be remembered for a very long time.
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