Gloria Estefan says she’s psychic and knew she would be famous

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The other day, I mentioned that I am fascinated by dreams and what they could possibly be telling us. Well, I’m also fascinated by other “Universe-y” things such as the power of intuition, premonitions, synchronicities, serendipity, and the like. I have absolutely had instances where I thought something random and within a few days, it happened. I’ve also had moments where I just felt in sync with energies around me. IYKYK.

In a recent episode of her Apple Fitness+ series “Time to Walk,” Gloria Estefan shared that she believes she has a “psychic ability” that she describes as a “certainty” about something. These feelings of certainty led to Gloria just knowing that her band Miami Sound Machine would become world famous, even though they were still just a little gig band trying to make it big at the time.

She gets flashes: “You know, throughout my life, I got these flashes. I would just have this certainty about something, that some people might call a psychic ability. And I kept getting this recurring feeling that we’re going to be famous all over the world,” she says of Miami Sound Machine’s success.

She predicted the details of their big break: “One night, I ventured to tell Emilio [Estefan] and he’s going, ‘Really?’ I go, ‘I don’t know how, I don’t know when, but I’m just certain. In fact, I think we’re going to be famous outside the U.S. before we ever are famous here.’ One day, we’re rehearsing in our garage and all of a sudden, ‘Dr. Beat’ comes on the radio and we go, ‘What?’ We’re jumping up and down like fools going, ‘How did this happen?'” Estefan, 66, recalls. “We found out that somehow the song had been exported to Europe through the record pools. It was No. 1 in Holland, top 10 in England, and it had come backwards, and the radio station in Miami had then played it because it was at the top of the charts in Europe.”

Record execs wanted to de-Latinize them: “When we were already working on the song ‘Conga,’ we had to convince a record company to let us record in English. We had the material. We knew we could do it, so we’re pitching our idea and the execs that were there at the time, they’re going, ‘You can’t compete on a worldwide level. This is a one-shot deal with ‘Dr. Beat.’ It was a phenomenon but, if you really want to cross over, you got to get rid of the percussion. You got to get rid of the horns. You got to change your name.’ And Emilio and I are looking at him going, ‘Really? That’s who we are,'” she says.

She knew MSM’s sound would work: “So, if that’s who we are, that’s who we want to be a success as, not water down our culture or our sound or our music just to try to be someone else.’ I go, ‘If I do that, and we’re a success, I’m not going to be happy the rest of my life. We know this going to work.'”

Her instincts proved correct: “‘Conga’ was the song that came through nationally for us in the States and, sure enough, it became one of our biggest-selling albums in history. We became a huge hit and put Miami, musically, on the map all over the world because our name was Miami Sound Machine,” she explains.

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Good for Gloria and Emilio for fighting to make their music the way they wanted to. I cannot imagine any of Miami Sound Machine’s music not having the percussion or drums! It’s what makes those songs timeless dance music. Weddings would be boring without that conga line! You know what they say: you can fight it every day but the rhythm is gonna get’cha. GONG. I’ll see myself out in just a minute.

Going back to the psychic thing, I don’t consider myself psychic at all but I do know exactly what she means when she says she just has that certainty about some things. I’ve always just thought it came from having a heightened sense of intuition or being more in tune with…whatever it is out there to be in tune with. I’ve never visited a psychic or had a tarot reading or anything like that, so I don’t know how all of that stuff works. I just completely understand what Gloria means when she says she gets feelings and just sometimes “knows” things. I hope she shares more of her of her psychic abilities in the future. I love hearing those types of stories.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    Yeah I’ve had those moments/thoughts that then happened – I think some people are more in tune with the ‘cosmic cloud’ than others.

  2. CTL says:

    It’s called claircognizance and it is recognized as an extra-sensory ability (not scientifically but among the paranormal community)

  3. Cherry says:

    Yeah, I heard her telling this story before, on Graham Norton I think. I was such a massive fan of hers in the nineties, geez. “Get on your feet” is basically the soundtrack of my childhood. I love that she still pops up in news cycles every now and then, even though I don’t really know if she’s still making music? She seems such a genuinely sweet lady and yet a total pro. I still love her 🙂

  4. Reborn Rich says:

    I LOVE Gloria! and her music. She was one of my absolute favs growing up. She’s also a 10 of Diamonds. IYKYK. ☺️

  5. Mimi says:

    To me she was representation. Someone with curly hair and spoke with a (slight) accent and was unabashedly proud. Just love her.

  6. Velvet Elvis says:

    I believe that everyone has at least some psychic ability…some more that others. I’ve experienced it first hand with myself and others. I was just talking about this yesterday with my husband, but for a while when I was a teenager in the 70s, I “knew” where people lived without having ever been told. Without “knowing”, without being given an address or a single detail at all, I could just confidently get in a car and blindly go right to a house, sometimes down multiple backroads and dirt roads I’d never been on before, out in the middle of nowhere. For example, one of my friends said she needed to drop something off at her chemistry teacher’s house but she had no idea where she lived. I had no idea either, but I said “Get in the car with me”, and proceeded to take her right to the house. I have no earthly idea of how I was able to do this. I just KNEW. And I was able to do this over and over. I didn’t really question or dissect it back then, but it kind of freaks me out now to think about it and how there’s really no explanation for my ability.

    • Glamarazzi says:

      That is so fascinating. There is so much we don’t understand about how the brain works – I hope one day science will be able to explain why some people have these abilities. They seem magical but I’m certain there’s a biological explanation for it.

  7. Libra says:

    Most of us have experienced thinking about someone we haven’t seen in years then the phone rings or a text pops up or their obit is in the paper the next day. Don’t know what that’s called but it happens to me a lot, especially now that I’m getting older.

    • North of Boston says:

      I have a weird thing that happens sometimes – it’s not consistent, but has come and gone over the years. When I answer the phone, it’s like I pick up a scent that relates to the person, before they speak, before I know who is calling.

      I first noticed it years ago, when I was covering the phones where I worked (before caller ID) – I could smell a whiff of cigar or cigarette smoke, or a particular perfume, aftershave or coffee breath or a piney scent when I’d pick up the handset and ‘know’ who was calling. Once I start talking with them it lingers a bit and fades. It was usually with someone I’d met, that sales rep from NYC who smoked cigars, the other one from Chicago who wore Sunflowers. But sometimes it was a person I’d never met, and when I did meet them, their in-person scent matched what I’d gotten ‘over the phone’ like ‘oh he really does smell like stale cigarettes!’
      It’s mostly an ‘at work’ phenomenon these days probably since I’m getting more calls from different people in general and without a recognizable caller ID, though it still occasionally happens in my personal life.

  8. North of Boston says:

    Adding to the love for her! Her music, her hard work, her enthusiasm and joy!

    Christmas Through Your Eyes is one of a handful of holiday songs I keep on my playlist all year long.

    And she was a positive influence for a friend of mine who had been in a bad car accident, nearly died and had similar injuries to the ones GA got in the bus accident – friend saw an interview with Gloria talking about her injuries, struggle and recovery, about the titanium rods in her back (like my friend has) and she felt seen and understood, she’d never heard anyone else with those talk about it. Gloria’s words and attitude raised her spirits and she always smiles when she hears a MSM song.

    I wonder if GA also had an inkling of the joy and positivity she and MSM would share with the world?

  9. Stef says:

    Love her! Her and her husband were a huge inspiration and mentor for Shakira crossing over to English. Had no idea Dr. Beat was big in Europe – it’s not even a very good song!

    As for the visions, I get them a lot. Usually, it’s for someone close to me. Years ago, I was talking with a good friend about her relationship and I had a flash of her life 10 years down the road. I told her everything I saw, in detail. She didn’t believe me and then more than 10 years later, everything happened exactly as I’d described. It freaked her out. Now she calls me when she wants to see if I can get a vision of what’s she’s struggling with.

    I believe we all have the 6th sense, it depends on if you want to tap into it or not. It’s often found through meditation also, when you try to connect your mind with the frequencies around you. I’ve had a lot of visions while meditating and they’ve all come true, although usually for other people.

  10. Snuffles says:

    I’ve had premonitory dreams over the years. I had one about 911, one about January 6th insurrection, one about the DC sniper.

    One time I woke up in the middle of the night swearing I heard a fire truck and ambulance. I even went into my parents room asking if they heard it but they didn’t. A few nights later there was a horrible accident in my neighborhood.

    Another time I dreamed about my parents in Italy where they were on vacation. I told my Dad about it when they called and I had described exactly what they had just saw and my Dad had said to my mother he wished I was there to see it. That weirded both of us out.

  11. May says:

    Intuition. You’d think that if she had any psychic ability she would have foreseen the semi plowing into their bus. Or, at the very least would not have traveled that night.

  12. bisynaptic says:

    I also believed in ESP, etc., until I got a rigorous scientific education.