Not only is Gloria Estefan an iconic musician nearly beyond compare, but the Cubana is a mentor to other Latin artists as well, including Shakira, who has become one of the biggest crossover Latin stars of all time.
But as long-time Shakira fans know, the star’s current earning power and global appeal are a far cry from her early beginnings as a Colombian rockera; a transformation that Estefan says she “fought hard” for.
“They wanted her just to throw a couple of songs in English on a Latin record and I fought hard. I said, ‘Listen. This is her shot. You can’t do it halfway, you know’?” Estefan reveals in a sneak peek of her tell-all interview with Oprah on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” “An American audience is not gonna get a record that’s mostly Spanish because there’s a couple of English cuts on it. They’re gonna want to hear the whole thing. This is gonna work. I fought hard for her. Fought hard. And she sold like 13 million of that album.”
Estefan is set to share details about her career, the traumatic 1990 bus crash that nearly left her paralyzed, as well as dish about how she’s kept her marriage to husband Emilio scandal-free in the August 4 interview. Helping Shakira launch her English-language music career is simply one of many accomplishments of the 55-year-old star during her years in show business. And it seems that the best is yet to come – Estefan and her husband of nearly 40 years are set to produce a Broadway show based on their lives together as Cuban exiles, musicians and best friends.
Estefan’s hour-long interview on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” airs Sunday, August 4, at 9/8 c on OWN.