Filipino-American singer H.E.R. has credited music icon Sharon Cuneta as one of her musical influences.
In a recent interview with Ruben Nepales of Rappler, the 23-year-old singer, whose real name is Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, said she listened to "a lot of Sharon Cuneta" growing up.
“I learned how to sing in Tagalog. I learned a song called 'Maging Sino Ka Man' when I was really young,” she said.
"Maging Sino Ka Man" was written and originally performed by veteran composer Rey Valera.
Sharon recorded her version of the song in the early '90s, as part of the soundtrack of her movie with the same title with action star Robin Padilla.
In the same conversation with Nepales, H.E.R. said she would be thrilled to have a show in the Philippines and sing with some of the OPM legends and artists.
"I know an artist out there named Jay-R who I really love. He does R&B music," said the Grammy-winning artist, who is also known for her soulful R&B hits, including "Every Kind of Way," "Focus," "Best Part" featuring Daniel Ceasar, and "Could've Been" featuring Bryson Tiller.
Back in 2019, H.E.R. talked about her roots and how she came to love music in the first place during her guest appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
"I'm half Filipino and Filipinos love karaoke. So yeah, I love to sing," she said. "I've always been around music my entire life and I just gravitated towards instruments.
"They were at my house and my dad would rehearse with his band. So yeah, they were just available to me," she added.
As a kid, H.E.R. made a TV appearance because of her beautiful Alicia Keys covers. She would later sign a record deal with RCA Records and HBK Entertaiment and release her debut single titled "Something to Prove" under her real name at the age of 14.
In 2016, H.E.R. released her debut EP H.E.R. Vol. 1, followed by her second EP, H.E.R. Vol. 2 in 2017. Her first compilation album, H.E.R. was released in the same year, consisting of tracks from the singer's first two EPs plus six additional songs. She was later nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019, winning Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album.