How many people do you know that can play the guitar, keyboard, bass, and sing, all in one? I don’t know about you, but I’ve personally never met someone as musically accomplished. Luckily, our generation has blessed us with a woman who can do all of that and more. This walking sound machine is the Cuban-American musician named Emily Estefan.
Emily Estefan has set her mind to create a name for herself. Her parents may be the Grammy-winning Gloria and Emilio Estefan, but she has her own musical style. Even her father has stated that he believes that she is destined for greatness.
“She’s a better musician than me or Gloria. She’s teaching me new things because she’s in a new era,” Emilio Estefan told the Miami Herald.
Estefan wasn’t so keen on showing off her singing skills while she was growing up. Instead, she delved into learning how to play a variety of instruments by ear. Using that same passion, she decided to go into Berklee College of Music in Boston, one of the most renowned music schools.
During her time at Berklee, she dedicated herself to completely understanding every aspect of music. She studied with purpose, despite knowing she had been exposed to successful musicians all her life. Estefan understood the importance of putting in the hard work. It was while at Berklee that she had to learn how to set up an orchestral arrangement for one of her songs as her final assignment. This shook her to her core because she knew she needed to muster all the confidence necessary to excel with the task at hand. It was then when she realized she needed to sing for her parents. This terrified her because she had to sing in front of her mother.
“Singing for my mother and getting over the cowardice hiding in my heart. It was a one on one performance that I will never forget. My feet were shaking like tiny earthquakes. That moment started my true musical journey,” said Estefan, expressing how that moment felt to Impose Magazine.
Nevertheless, she was only met with praise from both of her parents. Not only due to their familiar connection, but because she had actual talent. From then on, Estefan went full force to develop her art.
Estefan’s style is a bit different from what she had been originally exposed to at home. Her musical tones are a cocktail of soulful influences such as funk, jazz, Latin, and nostalgic vibes. This makes sense considering her admiration for the music of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Using this unique mixture of sounds, she puts in a lot of passion into the music she creates, which can be witnessed in one of her most recognized songs, “F#ck to Be” from her Take Whatever You Want album.
Aside from recording her own album, she has also performed at various events. In fact, her public debut was at the Miami Beach 100 Centennial Concert in 2015, singing in front of about 100,000 people. Talk about nerve-wracking. She went on to share the stage with Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, and more, at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. As if that wasn’t badass enough, she performed at the 40th Kennedy Center Honors as a surprise tribute to her mother.
Since then, she’s created her own record label, Alien Shrimp Records, so that she may be able to house her music and give upcoming artists the opportunity in the music industry.
Music, without a doubt, was something that had been planted and watered inside of her soul from birth. Her childhood consisted of musical experiences that were directly linked to her parents. Yet, her blossoming as a musician came from genuine interest from her part to perfect her craft.
Now that her talent is increasingly being applauded, she is being featured in many events. She’s even headlining for events like the Coconut Grove Arts Festival this month. You can also catch her at the Ground Up Music Festival in Miami Beach this month as well.