H.E.R.'s smooth-as-butter voice and romantic R&B melodies have the power to leave you weak in the knees. She may have concealed her identity for the first few years of her career and still likes to hide behind thick sunglasses when performing, but it doesn't hold back her magnetism onstage.
Her first major performances came in 2017, at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards and the BET Experience concerts. She then supported Bryson Tiller on his Set It Off tour, before heading out on her first headlining run with The Lights On tour. She followed that with her I Used to Know Her tour, as well as appearances at major festivals around the U.S. and Europe.
When H.E.R. first released music in 2016, nobody knew it was child prodigy Gabriella Wilson behind the moniker. It took nearly two years and a handful of EPs for her to finally reveal her identity. She's said that the reason for keeping that secret so long was that she wanted her music to speak for itself — and it sure has.
But Wilson's story starts well before her days as H.E.R. Born in Vallejo, California, the budding singer was always surrounded by music at home and became especially fond of artists like Prince and Lauryn Hill. She learned to play numerous instruments, including piano and guitar, and by age 12 she was competing on Radio Disney's The Next BIG Thing.
Two years later, she signed to RCA and released the single "Something to Prove." It wasn't until late 2016 that she took on the name H.E.R., an acronym for "Having Everything Revealed." At just 19 years old, she released her debut EP, H.E.R. Vol. 1, an intimate set of silky R&B that came with public praise from big names like Usher, Alicia Keys, and Rihanna. It peaked at No. 28 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
H.E.R. Vol. 2 followed in 2017 and took her even higher on the chart. Later in 2017, she combined the two EPs for H.E.R., which also featured six new tracks, including "Best Part," her dreamy duet with Daniel Caesar. The album was a hit, both on the Billboard charts and at the 2019 Grammy Awards, where it was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best R&B Album.