R&B singer H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed) was born Gabriella Wilson in Vallejo, California. A musical child, she made her television debut at the age of 10 (under the name Gabi Wilson) performing an Alicia Keys song on the piano for the Today Show. She also performed Aretha Franklin's "Freeway Of Love" at the Apollo Theater in NYC in 2007. She went on to enjoy more television appearances, performing on Maury in 2007, Good Morning America, and The View in 2008, and at the time was represented by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.
2010-2011: Career beginnings
In 2010, Wilson performed at the 2010 BET Awards covering Keys' "Fallin'", sung a tribute to Keys at the ASCAP Awards, and competed on Radio Disney's The Next BIG Thing with her song "My Music", which was featured on Radio Disney.
The following year, aged 14, she signed a record deal with Sony's RCA Records via J Records, releasing her debut single, "Something to Prove", under her real name.
In late-2016, Wilson returned to music with a new persona. She released her debut EP, H.E.R. Vol. 1 on September 9, 2016. The EP was well-received, garnering support online from Usher, Tyrese, Pusha T, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Bryson Tiller, and Rihanna.
The EP was listed top in NPR’s 2017 list of "5 Essential R&B Albums You Slept On". Rolling Stone included H.E.R. in its March 2017 "10 Artists You Need To Know" roundup and Forbes named her one of "5 Alternative R&B Artists to Look Out for in 2017".
A second EP, H.E.R. Vol. 2, was released on June 16, 2017. To support the release, she opened for Bryson Tiller on his Set It Off tour, and embarked on her first headlining tour, the Lights On Tour. H.E.R. Vol. 2, The B Sides was released on October 20, 2017. The three EPs were released together as a compilation album, also released on October 20. 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.
2018-2019: I Used to Know Her
August 2018, saw the release of a fourth EP, I Used to Know Her: The Prelude. It reached number 20 on the Billboard 200 and number 12 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In September 2018, Wilson announced the I Used to Know Her Tour in support of her new EP series. I Used to Know Her Vol. 2 was released in November 2018.
In August 2019, the EPs were released as the compilation album I Used to Know Her. The following month, she performed as one of the headliners of the 2019 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York. That October, she performed at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2020-present: Back of My Mind
On September 20, 2020, Wilson sang Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U" in tribute to him for the In Memoriam segment of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards.
At the 2021 Grammy Awards, she won two awards: Song of the Year for "I Can't Breathe" and Best R&B Song for "Better Than I Imagine" (with Robert Glasper and Meshell Ndegeocello). In February 2021, she performed "America the Beautiful" during the pre-game festivities for Super Bowl LV.
On July 17, her song "Damage" topped the US R&B radio chart. The following day, her debut album, Bock of My Mind, was released. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 was nominated for Album of the Year and Best R&B Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. "Damage" also received nominations for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.
On November 30, 2021, the Apple Music Awards announced H.E.R. as the winner of Songwriter of the Year.