H.E.R, 23, has received critical acclaim in the music world for her soulful voice and technical melodies.
She is set to sing America the Beautiful at the 55th Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida on February 7.
Who is H.E.R.?
H.E.R, real name Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, is a Grammy award winning R&B singer-songwriter.
She initially emerged onto the music scene with her own name, but after a brief hiatus, returned in 2016 under the alias H.E.R.
The acronym stands for Having Everything Revealed.
The California native released her debut EP H.E.R. Volume 1 on September 9, 2016, receiving support from industry veterans like Pusha T, Usher, Tyrese and Wyclef Jean.
Since, she has released two studio albums: self-titled in 2017 and I Used to Know H.E.R in 2019.
The music maestro plays five instruments: guitar, drums, piano, bass, and of course, vocals.
Why doesn’t H.E.R show her face?
H.E.R used to be entirely anonymous, but in recent years, she has shown her face but obscured her eyes with sunglasses.
Addressing the secrecy over her identity, she 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 – not what I look like or who I’m with, but the raw emotion and support for women.”
To NPR 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?'”
Why is she singing America the Beautiful at Super Bowl?
The NFL announced they had chosen the soulful songstress to sing America the Beautiful at the Super Bowl LV pregame festivities.
Deaf recording artist Warren “Wawa” Snipe will perform the ballad in American Sign Language on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).
She will join Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan who are pairing up to sing the National Anthem at the game.
Everything Super Bowl LV will air nationally on CBS and will be broadcast live worldwide.
Who sang America the Beautiful at the last Super Bowl?
Yolanda Adams sang America the Beautiful at the 54th Super Bowl in 2020, while former Disney star Demi Lovato sang the national anthem.
Last year, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez teamed up to storm the stage for the half time show, raking in over 100 million pair of eyes on their performance.
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