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H.E.R.
H.E.R. 2017.jpg
H.E.R. performing in November 2017.
Background information
Birth nameGabriella Wilson
Born (1997-06-27) June 27, 1997 (age 21)
Vallejo, California, U.S.
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals, guitar, bass and drum
Years active2009–present
LabelsRCA
Associated acts
Websitercarecords.com/artist/h-e-r/

Gabriella "Gabi" Wilson (born June 27, 1997),[1][2] better known professionally as H.E.R. (pronounced "her", acronym for Having Everything Revealed), is a Grammy Award winning American singer and songwriter. Before being known as H.E.R., Wilson rose to fame by participating in Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing in 2009. She later signed to RCA Records at the age of 14 and released a single, "Something To Prove", under her real name in 2014.

Wilson re-emerged in 2016 with the H.E.R. persona, releasing her debut EP H.E.R. Volume 1. She then released subsequent EPs H.E.R. Volume 2 (2017), The B Sides (2017), I Used To Know Her: The Prelude (2018) and I Used To Know Her: Part 2 (2018), the latter two leading up to her upcoming debut album. Her compilation album, H.E.R., was released in October 2017, consisting of tracks from the singer's first two EPs plus six additional songs. H.E.R. was nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019, winning for Best R&B Performance and for Best R&B Album.

Background[edit]

Wilson was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by a Filipina mother and an African-American father and a little sister as well. She was initially introduced to the public as a child prodigy, covering Alicia Keys on piano on the Today Show,[1] before competing on Radio Disney's The Next BIG Thing when she was 12 years old.[3]

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."[4]

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 – not what I look like or who I'm with, but the raw emotion and support for women."[5] To NPR she added, "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?'"[6]

Career[edit]

After being signed to RCA under Sony at the age of 14, she released a single in 2014 called "Something To Prove" under her real name.[7]

Re-emerging in late 2016 with a new persona and her debut EP, H.E.R. Vol. 1 was released September 9, 2016, executive produced by producer and songwriter David "Swagg R'Celious" Harris, Wilson received support from Usher, Tyrese, Pusha T, and Wyclef Jean; labelmates Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller helped get the word out through Twitter co-signs, shoutouts, and re-posts.[8][9] In April 2017 Rihanna posted an Instagram clip with H.E.R.'s track "Focus" playing in the background. The clip has been viewed over five million times.[10] Additional public support came from Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure, Taraji P. Henson of Empire, Kylie Jenner, and Kendall Jenner. The tracks on H.E.R. Vol. 1 have collectively been streamed over 20 million times on Spotify and over 65 million times across all streaming music providers worldwide.[citation needed]

NPR listed H.E.R. Vol. 1 as the first selection in its "5 Essential R&B Albums You Slept On" roundup.[11] Calling the music "Slow-burning R&B that zooms in on emotional highs and lows," Rolling Stone included H.E.R. in its March 2017 "10 Artists You Need To Know" roundup.[12] And Forbes named her one of "5 Alternative R&B Artists To Look Out For In 2017", reporting: "In the same vein as 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."[13]

Her follow-up EP, H.E.R. Vol. 2 (2017) also executive produced by Harris, was released on June 16, 2017 and includes the single "Say It Again".

Her notable live performances include the 2017 BET Experience concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Lil Yachty, Rae Sremmurd, Bryson Tiller, and Khalid.[14]

She was recently on tour with Bryson Tiller for the Set It Off tour, and recently concluded her first headlining tour, the Lights On Tour, in support of her most recent effort H.E.R. Vol. 2.[15]

She released H.E.R. Vol. 2, The B Sides (2017), also executive-produced by Swagg R'Celious on October 20, 2017 along with the single titled 2, released on October 13, 2017. The music on Vol. 1 was produced by an anonymous person from YouTube who creates video game music and remastered songs from the past.[citation needed]

Wilson announced on the 12th of September 2018 that she will be embarking on the "I Used to Know H.E.R. Tour" in support of her latest EP "I Used to Know H.E.R.: The Prelude",[16] which Wilson has stated is a prelude to her upcoming debut album.[17]

Musical style[edit]

Consisting mostly of contemporary R&B ballads, H.E.R's songs have been described as "downcast post-breakup material that sounded vulnerable and assured at once" by Apple Music.[18]

Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions and details
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[19]
US
R&B
/HH

[20]
US
R&B

[21]
CAN
[22]
H.E.R.[23] 23 14 1 58

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and details
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[19]
US
R&B
/HH

[20]
US
R&B

[21]
US
Heat.

[25]
CAN
[22]
H.E.R. Volume 1
  • Released: September 9, 2016
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
28 12 8
H.E.R. Volume 2
  • Released: June 16, 2017
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
49 22 7
H.E.R. Volume 2, The B Sides
  • Released: October 20, 2017
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
139 19
I Used to Know Her: The Prelude
  • Released: August 3, 2018[26]
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
20 12 1 89
I Used to Know Her: Part 2
  • Released: November 2, 2018[27]
  • Label: RCA
  • Format: Digital download
87 48 10
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as main artist
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[28]
US
R&B
/HH

[29]
US
R&B

[30]
US
R&B/HH
Airplay

[31]
US
Adult
R&B

[32]
US
Pop

[33]
NZ
Hot

[34]
"Something to Prove" 2014 Non-album single
"Pigment"[35] 2016 H.E.R. Volume 1
"Focus" 2017 100 45 7 15 1 H.E.R.
"2"[36]
"Best Part"
(with Daniel Caesar)
75 30 4 11 1 H.E.R. and Freudian
"My Song"[38] 2018 Non-album single
"This Way"
(with Khalid)
20 [A] Superfly
"Could've Been"[40]
(featuring Bryson Tiller)
76 39 6 23 3 31 I Used to Know Her: The Prelude
"Hard Place" 2019 [B] 15 39 29 I Used to Know Her: Part 2
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Right Now"[42]
(Snakehips featuring ELHAE, D.R.A.M and H.E.R.)
2017 non-album single
"Mine Luv"[43]
(BLVK JVCK featuring H.E.R.)
"Go"[44]
(Alex da Kid featuring H.E.R. and Rapsody)
2018
"Go 2.0"[45]
(Alex da Kid featuring Jorja Smith, H.E.R. and Rapsody)
"Thursday (Remix)"
(Jess Glynne featuring H.E.R.)
2019

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Bub.

[46]
US
R&B
/HH
Bub.

[47]
US
R&B

[30]
NZ
Hot

[48]
"Against Me" 2018 8 18 I Used to Know Her: The Prelude
"Feel a Way" 20
"As I Am" 21
"Be On My Way (Interlude)" 24
"Gut Feeling"
(Ella Mai featuring H.E.R.)
21 9 11 31 Ella Mai
"Carried Away" 22 I Used to Know Her: Part 2
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Don't Cry"[49] 2018 Jesper Jenset Waves Vol. 1 EP
"Still Down"[50] None Dear White People, Season 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)
"I Can Feel It"[51] GoldLink Uncle Drew (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"This Way" Khalid Superfly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Gut Feeling"[52] Ella Mai Ella Mai
"Feelings"[53] 2019 Deante' Hitchcock Just a Sample 2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "This Way" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart or NZ Hot Singles Chart, but peaked at number five on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart.[39]
  2. ^ "Hard Place" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number 10 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[41]

Tours[edit]

Headlining tours[edit]

  • Lights On Tour (2017)[54]
  • I Used To Know Her Tour (2018)[55]

Supporting[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Soul Train Music Awards Best New Artist Herself Nominated [59]
2018 BET Awards Best Female R&B Artist Nominated [60]
Best New Artist Nominated
Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Female Artist Nominated [61]
Song of the Year "Every Kind of Way" Nominated
Video of the Year "Avenue" Nominated
Album/Mixtape of the Year H.E.R. Won
The Ashford And Simpson Songwriter's Award "Focus" Nominated
"Best Part" (with Daniel Caesar) Nominated
Best Collaboration Performance Won
2019 Grammy Awards Album of the Year H.E.R. Nominated [62]
Best New Artist Herself Nominated
Best R&B Performance "Best Part" (with Daniel Caesar) Won
Best R&B Song "Focus" Nominated
Best R&B Album H.E.R. Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards R&B Artist of the Year Herself Nominated [63]
Best New R&B Artist Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top R&B Artist Nominated
Top R&B Female Artist Nominated
Top R&B Album H.E.R. Nominated

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