Gloria Estefan is a Cuban American singer and songwriter. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and at the age of 16 months, she moved with her mother to Miami, Florida, following the Cuban Revolution. Named the "Queen of Latin Pop", she is in or near the top 100 of best selling music artists with over 90 million albums sold worldwide. With five Grammy Awards and several number one hits she is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date. In addition to her music career, Estefan has appeared in two movies, Music of the Heart (1999) and For Love or Country.
Gloria Estefan: You know what? I admire people that let their political ideas be known, I would rather keep it to myself because, you know, my fans, I would rather they think for themselves rather than listen to what I have got to say. It is going to be an interesting, very interesting, election, anybody’s guess as to which way it is going to go, but I am still listening, I am still listening hard to all the candidates and I am not affiliated, so I don’t have any commitments either way; I did it on purpose. I want to be a free soul and that is why we never really endorse anyone, but I do tell people, vote, please vote, make up your mind and vote because as Hispanics and as Latin, especially the Latins, we need to make our voices known. And we are a citizen in this country, you have to take part in one of the most incredible freedoms we have which is to vote for your government, and we don’t take that for granted, I can tell you that.
Recorded on: May 2 2008