Emilio Estefan is a bandleader, songwriter and producer whose work with the Miami Sound Machine, wife Gloria Estefan and such artists as Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony and Shakira has earned him 19 Grammys, sales of 90 million albums worldwide and an entertainment empire based in Miami.
Estefan came to the U.S. at age 14. He began playing the accordion in restaurants and at weddings and other events. He soon created a band called Miami Latin Boys to perform Cuban dance music. In 1976, he met Gloria Fajardo at a wedding gig and recruited her into his band, now called the Miami Sound Machine. They were married in September 1976.
With the Miami Sound Machine, they began scoring international hits in the late-'80s with the tracks “Anything for You,” “1,2,3” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.” After his wife transitioned to a solo career, he continued to produce hit records for her, beginning with 1989's “Cuts Both Ways,” a top 10 pop album in the U.S.
Aside from his work with his wife and the Miami Sound Machine, Estefan has become an in-demand producer not only for Latin artists (Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin), but also Lenny Kravitz and Madonna.
With Gloria, he oversees an entertainment company (management, hotels, real estate). In 2010, he published an autobiography, “The Rhythm of Success: How an Immigrant Produced His Own American Dream.”