Gloria EstefanThat's A 'Wrap'
Gloria Estefan's new album, "Unwrapped," arrives this week from Sony Music. The set will be Estefan's first English-language studio album in nearly six years, and her most intimate album yet.
Featuring duets with Chrissie Hynde and Stevie Wonder, "Unwrapped" -- written almost entirely by Estefan -- is neither dance-based nor obviously Latin-tinged. Its lush acoustic sound is closer to that of Norah Jones than Madonna. The album was co-produced by Sebastian Krys (Carlos Vives) and her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr.
"I call myself the reluctant diva, when they joke with that whole diva thing," Estefan says. "Because I wasn't a performer. It wasn't what I envisioned myself as. I see myself more as a writer and a communicator. That's why I hope that in my shows, people take away a little more with them than just the music."
Estefan is planning to tour Europe and the U.S. next year in support of the album -- something she has not done for at least five years. She'll also play a string of concerts Oct. 10-19 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the state-of-the-art Las Vegas showroom built for Celine Dion.