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Emilio Estefan Biography

Emilio Estefan

It has been said that exceptional leaders are ordinary human beings who possess an extraordinary vision and use all of their passion, drive and ambition to bring it into fruition. This is what has made Emilio Estefan one of the most successful producers in the music industry. His passion, unquestionable faith and ability to keep alive his Latin roots in everything he does have made Emilio's vision a trademark, a unique sound and a symbol of credibility and prestige.

Emilio has not only proved that the Latin community is vital for the evolution of pop music, he has been instrumental in breaking down barriers that limited its exposure and acceptance around the world. As a true visionary, Emilio has continually experimented and pushed the envelope of blending Latin, pop and world rhythms, which has created a unique style and personality. 

This vision transcends the music field and spills over into film, television, hotels, restaurants and other endeavors. After a quarter of a century producing music for some of the biggest and brightest stars in the business, Emilio has also made his mark in the television and movie industry. His main objective, as it always has been, is to shatter the stereotypes of the Latin community that have existed for decades in film and TV. In 2008, Emilio produced and directed his first full-length documentary film, 90 Millas, based on the pioneers and history of Cuban music. The film received critical accolades after premiering in the Tribeca Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival.

Emilio has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Alejandro Fernandez, Thalia, Carlos Vives and Jennifer López, among many others. He has won 19 Grammy Awards and has been nominated for 30. Emilio is one of the few producers that create shows for both general market and Hispanic market television, such as the Latin Grammys on CBS, the Hispanic Heritage Awards on NBC and Nuestra Navidad on Univision, as well as high-profile musical productions on HBO and Showtime.

His credibility and professionalism are powerful reasons why he is viewed as an ambassador in the world of crossover business. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Emilio as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and he has produced musical events at the White House. He was named by President Barack Obama to the committee that will create the first National Museum of the American Latino; he sits as the second vice chair.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed by President Obama and to have produced events for the White House," he says. "It gives me the opportunity to showcase our Latin roots to very distinguished and important politicians and dignitaries from all over the world."

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Emilio Estefan was born in 1953 in Cuba and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. He started playing the accordion and eventually formed the multiple Grammy-winning band Miami Sound Machine.

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