H.E.R. mother: Who is the musician's mum and what is her ethnicity?

Leigh McManus April 26, 2021
Who is H.E.R? Background and ethnicity of singer

H.E.R added an Oscar for best original song to her CV last night and now people are wondering who her mother is, after the artist spoke about ethnicity in her acceptance speech.

Get to know H.E.R

H.E.R was born Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson in June 1997, and raised in Vallejo, California.

She was a child star, covering Alicia Keys on the Today Show, before competing on Radio Disney’s The Next BIG Thing when she was 12.

  • EXPLORED: Who is Alex Koo? Meet Alber Elbaz’s partner

Hollyoaks | Official Winter Trailer | All 4

The youngster also performed on Maury’s Most Talented Kids aged 10 in 2007.

She began performing as Gabi Wilson before emerging as H.E.R, an acronym for Having Everything Revealed.

At the age of 23 at last night’s Oscar’s, she added the Academy Award for best original song to an already stacked CV.

Because the singer has already won four Grammy Awards, and now an Oscar, she is halfway to an EGOT, the title for winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

  • EXPLAINED: What’s the red flag with yellow star and yellow triangle?

Last night’s award came for her song “Fight for You,” a collaboration with Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas.

Despite her tender years, the singer has been nominated for 13 Grammys.

Should she win an EGOT, H.E.R would join an exclusive list of 16 legends including Audrey Hepburn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend and Whoopi Goldberg but to name a few.

Get to know H.E.R mother

Upon accepting her award for best original song last night, the artist said: “Me being up there is a message to all the young Black and Filipino girls. You can be up here too.”

She was referencing her mixed ethnicity; she’s Filipino on her mother’s side and African American on her father’s.

The artist said in an interview with WWD that she had a distinctly Filipino home with a mixed upbringing.

  • EXPLAINED: Why did Joe Biden say “let my wife come home”? Navajo

She said of her father’s influence: “My dad would throw down with the soul food when we had our black side over.

“Black culture, to me, is so important and I identify with young black women. I represent young black women, and I’m proud of that.”

Speaking of the musical set up in her house, she told James Corden on The Late Late Show in January 2019 that her father Kenny Wilson’s band and her mother Agnes’ love for karaoke influenced her.

She said: “I’m half Filipino and Filipinos love karaoke. So yeah, I love to sing, I’ve always been around music my entire life and I just gravitated towards instruments.”

“They were at my house and my dad would rehearse with his band. So yeah, they were just available to me,” she added.

In April, she paid tribute to her mother, a nurse, for her efforts during the pandemic.

“It’s still very scary for me being so far away from her and being that she still has to go to the hospital,” H.E.R. told ABC Audio. “Just keep her in your prayers and hopefully, we’ll be united soon.”

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
Leigh is a 26-year-old journalist from the north of Ireland. He studied International Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, where he earned a 2:1 grade. He has worked for Mail Online and has experience with the Liverpool Echo, Irish Mirror and SWNS. Leigh is also a huge music fan and has his own show on a community radio station.