Gloria Estefan, the woman who paved the way for Latin music in America, will share her life, her music and her home with Oprah Winfrey in a sit-down interview.
Estefan’s intimate interview with Winfrey on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will air Sunday, August 4 at 9:00 p.m. EST on OWN.
The seven-time Grammy winner was visited by Winfrey in her Florida home, where she discussed her early life growing up as a Cuban exile, her legendary career as the most successful Latin crossover artist of all time and how she was able to introduce the world to Latin music.
“What’s it like knowing you paved the way?” Winfrey asked, referring to many of the Hispanic and Latin artists — like Shakira, Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony — to successfully cross over from Spanish to English.
Estefan even talked about how she fought for Shakira. She talked to Oprah about how she mentored Shakira into taking the chance to crossover into English — going so far as fighting with the record label to let Shakira do an English album, knowing Americans were not going to buy a Latin album because of a few English hits.
Shakira ended up selling 13 million copies of that record and, as we now can see, is one of the most successful crossover artists.
“You are known as the Queen of Latin Pop,” Winfrey says to Estefan, to which the singer replies, “We were never trying to chase that fame thing.”
Estefan goes on to talk about how she stayed true to her music. “We were trying to do music that we felt could be new,” she said. She talked about how she refused to change her name when she was told, “You’re too American for the Latin; you’re too Latin for the American,” and that her image needed to change.
In the interview, Winfrey dives into topics about the singer’s marriage to Emilio Estefan and her 1990 accident in which she broke her vertebra and was nearly paralyzed, when a truck hit her tour bus.
She said she maybe thought that the reason she became famous was to go through a struggle — like nearly being in a wheelchair for the rest of her life — in the public eye and proving that the power that people possess can get you through anything.
We can also expect an acoustic performance by Gloria Estefan and her daughter.
Gloria Estefan is up to a lot lately
Gloria Estefan has just finished recording her latest album “The Standards” — a compilation of some of her favorite songs, selected by the Latin artist herself and featuring a selection of covers from “The Great American Songbook.” A taped performance of Gloria’s “The Standards” will air on PBS this fall.
Produced by Estefan and Sony Music, this is going to be the first English-language album that she has released since 2011’s “Miss Little Havana.” “The Standards” will be released on September 10.
The first single from the album, “How Long Has This Been Going On,” is now available on Amazon and iTunes.
Find out more about Gloria Estefan’s interview on “The Next Chapter” on OWN.