Gloria Estefan quickly became the main attraction and the band were often promoted as ‘Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machines’ or even just ‘Gloria Estefan’. In March 1990, a tragic accident occurred, whilst the band were on tour. Gloria was left with broken vertebrae in her back. Her diagnosis wasn’t good but to the amazement of many, Estefan made a remarkable recovery. She appeared on TV on the American Music Awards, just under a year later, in January 1991. A few months after this, Gloria Estefan embarked on her year-long tour.
Gloria Estefan is a remarkable woman. She has had a fantastic music career of which she shows no signs of slowing down. In 2007 she released her 29th album overall, 11th studio solo album and 4th Spanish album. The music industry has changed a lot over the years but Estefan has shown that she can adapt and is still relevant. In 2011 she collaborated with the incredible music producer, Pharrell Williams. This just shows the longevity of her music career. She has written children’s novels, wrote a Cuban cookbook with her husband and now owns a chain of Cuban restaurants in South Florida. Gloria Estefan you are a true inspiration. A 7 time Grammy award winner, mother, grandmother, entrepreneur. You showed dedication, resilience and determination, even when the odds were stacked against you. Gloria Estefan, Caribbean 1st absolutely salutes you.