|BORN: September 1, 1957, Havana, Cuba
More than any other pop group, Miami Sound Machine and lead singer Gloria Estefan have brought Latin-American (particularly Cuban) music into the mainstream. They originated out of the Miami Cuban community, and many of their early recordings were sung in Spanish. Their hits have included "Conga" (#10), "Bad Boy" (#8), "Words Get in the Way" (#5), "Anything for You" (#1), "1-2-3" (#9) and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (#5).
In 1987, the group officially changed their name to Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine. Not surprisingly, the following two years saw the direction of the group's music shift toward her vocals. In 1989, Estefan released her first solo album, Cuts Both Ways, which spawned the number one hit "Don't Wanna Lose You."
The following year the group's tour bus was in a serious accident when traveling in New York. Estefan's vertebra was broken, and she underwent a successful surgery. Estefan and the group's career was postponed for nearly a year due to the accident. She released Into the Light in 1991, which showed her inching toward adult-contemporary territory. She followed Into the Light with a Latin album, Mi Tierra, in 1993. The following year, she released a collection of covers called Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me.
In 1995, Estefan released her second Latin album, Abriendo Puertas. The next year, she released Destiny, followed in 1998 by gloria! As Latin pop continued to grow in popularity, she returned to her Cuban roots once more with 2000's Alma Caribeņa--Caribbean Soul. Several months later, Estefan was awarded a Grammy for Best Music Video for "No Me Dehes De Querer" at the first annual Latin Grammy Awards. Her husband, Emilio, won for Producer of the Year. ~ Rick Clark, All Music Guide