Gloria Estefan
Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan; known professionally as Gloria Estefan (born September 1, 1957) is a Cuban-born American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known as the "Queen Of Latin Pop", she is in the top 100 best selling music artists with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, 31.5 million of those in the United States alone. She has won seven Grammy Awards, and is the most successful crossover
Crossover (music)
Crossover is a term applied to musical works or performers appearing on two or more of the record charts which track differing musical tastes, or genres...

 performer in Latin music to date.
Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo was born September 1, 1957 in Havana
Havana is the capital city, province, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. The city proper has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of — making it the largest city in the Caribbean region, and the most populous...

, Cuba, to Jose and Gloria Fajardo.

I'm never going to stop making music. I couldn't. (December 9, 2005)

The most beautiful thing about music is that it transcends most anything. (February 5, 2008)

I was a straight-A student, baby!

Estefan, laughing, as she confirmed a reporter's observation that "she is good at whatever she studies." (August 12, 2008)

There is still a Castro in [Cuba]. And I think the status quo will not change until [Fidel] moves to the great beyond. [However,] Raul Castro [recently installed as president of Cuba] is a more open-minded guy [than Fidel]. [Raul] lives a more capaitalistic lifestyle. And he has been somewhat more open with the press and allowing the sudents to speak up. But the reality is that he won't do much until Fidel is gone. (March 12, 2008)

The music is one of the beautiful things that has survived the Castro regime. I have played for audiences all over the world but I've never played for a Cuban audience. For [husband] Emilio and me, the music is the one tie to our homeland. (March 12, 2008)

All of us know the true meaning of freedom. Some of us appreciate it more than those who have been here for many generations. (July 5, 2007)