Gabriella Wilson better known professionally as H.E.R. (pronounced "her", acronym for Having Everything Revealed), is an American singer and songwriter. Before gaining notability as H.E.R., Wilson rose to fame by participating in Radio Disney's Next Big Thing in 2009. She later signed to RCA Records at the age of 14 and released the single "Something to Prove" under her real name in 2014.
Wilson re-emerged in 2016 with the H.E.R. persona, releasing her debut EP H.E.R. Volume 1. She then released subsequent EPs H.E.R. Volume 2 (2017), The B Sides (2017), I Used to Know Her: The Prelude (2018) and I Used to Know Her: Part 2 (2018). Her first compilation album H.E.R. was released in October 2017, consisting of tracks from the singer's first two EPs plus six additional songs. H.E.R. was nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019, winning Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album.
In 2019, she was nominated for five awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for I Used to Know Her and Song of the Year for "Hard Place".
Wilson was raised by a Filipina mother and an African-American father. She comes from the Bay Area of California and has a younger sister. She was introduced to the public as a hard working +dedicated child , covering Alicia Keys on piano on the Today Show, before competing on Radio Disney's The Next BIG Thing when she was 12 years old.
Addressing the secrecy over her identity, H.E.R. 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?'"
After being signed to RCA under Sony at the age of 14, she released a single in 2014 titled "Something to Prove" under her real name.
Re-emerging in late 2016 with a new persona and her debut EP, H.E.R. Vol. 1 was released September 9, 2016, produced by songwriter David "Swagg R'Celious" Harris, Wilson received support from Usher, Tyrese, Pusha T, and Wyclef Jean; labelmates Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller helped get the word out through Twitter co-signs, shoutouts, and re-posts. In April 2017, Rihanna posted an Instagram clip with H.E.R.'s track "Focus" playing in the background. The clip has been viewed over 5 million times. Additional public support came from Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure, Taraji P. Henson of Empire, Kylie Jenner, and Kendall Jenner.
NPR listed H.E.R. Vol. 1 as the first selection in its "5 Essential R&B Albums You Slept On". Calling the music "Slow-burning R&B that zooms in on emotional highs and lows," Rolling Stone included H.E.R. in its March 2017 "10 Artists You Need To Know" roundup. Forbes named her one of "5 Alternative R&B Artists to Look Out for in 2017", reporting: "In the same vein as The Weeknd's enigmatic introduction to the world, H.E.R.'s image remains a mystery. The irony, though, is that her moniker is an acronym for Having Everything Revealed."
Wilson's follow-up EP, H.E.R. Vol. 2 (2017) also produced by Harris, was released on June 16, 2017 and includes the single "Say It Again". Also in 2017, she was on tour with Bryson Tiller for the Set It Off tour, and concluded her first headlining tour, the Lights On Tour, in support of her most recent effort H.E.R. Vol. 2. She released H.E.R. Vol. 2, The B Sides (2017), also produced by Swagg R'Celious on October 20, 2017 along with the single titled 2, released on October 13, 2017. The compilation album H.E.R. was released on October 20, 2017, comprising the songs from each of the three EP's in this series. The album won Best R&B Album and received four other nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist for H.E.R.
Wilson announced on September 12, 2018, she will be embarking on the "I Used to Know H.E.R. Tour" in support of her EP series I Used to Know Her: The Prelude and I Used to Know Her: Part 2. Her second compilation album I Used to Know Her was released on August 30, 2019.
She was one of the headliners at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York on September 28, 2019.
In October 5, 2019, she participated in the 2019 edition of the Rock in Rio festival located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among the headliners were Drake, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, Pink and Muse.
Consisting mostly of contemporary R&B ballads, H.E.R's songs have been described as "downcast post-breakup material that sounded vulnerable and assured at once".
- H.E.R. (2017)
- I Used to Know Her (2019)
- Lights on Tour (2017)
- I Used to Know Her Tour (2018)
- Bryson Tiller – Set It Off Tour (2017)
- Chris Brown – Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour (2018)
- Childish Gambino - This Is America Tour (2019)
Awards and nominations
|2017||Soul Train Music Awards||Best New Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|2018||BET Awards||Best Female R&B Artist||Nominated|
|Best New Artist||Nominated|
|Soul Train Music Awards||Best R&B/Soul Female Artist||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||"Every Kind of Way"||Nominated|
|Video of the Year||"Avenue"||Nominated|
|Album/Mixtape of the Year||H.E.R.||Won|
|The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award||"Focus"||Nominated|
|"Best Part" (with Daniel Caesar)||Nominated|
|Best Collaboration Performance||Won|
|2019||Grammy Awards||Album of the Year||H.E.R.||Nominated|
|Best New Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|Best R&B Performance||"Best Part" (with Daniel Caesar)||Won|
|Best R&B Song||"Focus"||Nominated|
|Best R&B Album||H.E.R.||Won|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||R&B Artist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|Best New R&B Artist||Nominated|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top R&B Artist||Nominated|
|Top R&B Female Artist||Nominated|
|Top R&B Album||H.E.R.||Nominated|
|BET Awards||Best Female R&B Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|Best Collaboration||"Could've Been" (with Bryson Tiller)||Nominated|
|BET Her Awards||Won|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best New Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|Push Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Best R&B||"Could've Been" (with Bryson Tiller)||Nominated|
|Soul Train Music Awards||Best R&B/Soul Female Artist||Herself||Won|
|Album/Mixtape of the Year||I Used to Know Her||Nominated|
|2020||Grammy Awards||Album of the Year||I Used to Know Her||Nominated|
|Record of the Year||"Hard Place"||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Best R&B Performance||"Could've Been" (with Bryson Tiller)||Nominated|
|Best R&B Song||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Album||I Used to Know Her||Nominated|
|Outstanding Female Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|Outstanding Song - Contemporary||"Hard Place"||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album||Nominated|