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Gloria Estefan sulla registrazione di un "album di famiglia".’ con sua figlia e suo nipote - e i loro cani!

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBRE 29: GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, actor and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer LL COOL J will light up this holiday season as host of the NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS, a CBS special that will be broadcast Sunday, dicembre. 11 (8:00-9:00 pomeridiano, ritardando la loro mossa), e disponibile per lo streaming live e on demand su Paramount+. Nella foto (L-R): Gloria Estefan, Sasha Estefan-Coppola, and Emily Estefan. (Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBRE 29: GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, actor and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer LL COOL J will light up this holiday season as host of the NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS, a CBS special that will be broadcast Sunday, dicembre. 11 (8:00-9:00 pomeridiano, ritardando la loro mossa), e disponibile per lo streaming live e on demand su Paramount+. Nella foto (L-R): Gloria Estefan, Sasha Estefan-Coppola, and Emily Estefan. (Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images)

Gloria Estefan with grandson Sasha and daughter Emily .
Foto: Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty

Per Gloria Estefan, hitting the recording studio with her family to create her first holiday album since Through Your Eyes in 1993 was a dream come true.

Speaking to PEOPLE about Estefan Family Christmas, a holiday album she recorded with her 10-year-old grandson Sasha and daughter Emily, 27, the Cuban singer revealed how the fun project came to be — and why she’ll cherish it forever.

I always host Thanksgiving at my home. And since Sasha was little, he loved to put together little shows for the family after dinner,” the 65-year-old singer tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I’d play the guitar. Emily would either play guitar or piano. In 2019, I said to them, 'Sai cosa? Let’s do something different this year. Let’s write a little chorus, something short and then Sasha, you can take the mic around to the different family members, and they can say what they’re thankful for.

“In 2021, Sasha said to me, ‘I think something weird is happening with my voice when I try to sing higher notes.And he had shot up four inches in the past couple of months. E ho pensato, 'Oh, here it comes, a puberty train.And at that moment it hit me that it would be really great to capture his child voice.

Lei ha aggiunto, “Così, I went to them, e io dissi, ‘What do you guys think about us doing a Christmas record so we can share our little Christmas shows with everyone else, but done professionally and in a cool way?’ And they loved it.

The 17-track record, with songs in both English and Spanish, features an original track called “Grato,” which was inspired by their Thanksgiving tradition.

Estefan Family Christmas Gloria Estefan, Emily Estefan & Sasha Estefan-Coppola (Artista)

Estefan Family Christmas Gloria Estefan, Emily Estefan & Sasha Estefan-Coppola (Artista)

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The recording process, il “Don’t Wanna Lose Yousinger says, was a great opportunity to teach Sasha what she’s learnedthroughout the years.

It was wonderful. We spent a couple months together in the studio. Sasha learned a lot. He stayed with me the whole time, even when I was there untill 2:00 o 3:00 la mattina,” lei dice. “Voglio dire, Emily doesn’t need to be produced in any way. Although Sasha would sit there and give her ideas!”

Il “Mi Tierraperformer also convinced her husband Emilio, 69, to sing a duet with Sasha on the album, which he’d never done before — and likely won’t do again.

He was excited about it. Bene, what he wasn’t excited about later on was me producing him, because he’s always on the other side telling everybody what to do,” dice con una risata. “It turned out beautiful. He’s got this innocence in his voice, and it really came through on that song. And singing with his grandson for him was incredibly special.

lei aggiunge, “He goes, ‘It was the first and last.He only did it because he knew it was something incredibly unique and special and was going to be forever for posterity.

Because this is a family album, the singer-songwriter felt it wasn’t quite finished without an important piece: their pets!

“ho pensato, 'Oh, this is a family album. We absolutely need our pets in here, because they are part of our family.So Emily, we brought Nova, il suo cane, into the studio, and Emily knows how to get Nova to sing,” lei dice, adding that Emily’s cats Alula and Leona were also featured. “I recorded mine [dogs Bowser, Margherita, Hamilton and Mathilda] at my house because they sometimes just break into these howls, and we captured them that way. Quincy, my grandson’s dog, is always sleeping, and he’s not too vocal. Così, we recorded him snoring.

In light of the holiday spirit, il Into the Light singer also shared her favorite Christmas memory.

I have so many beautiful Christmas memories. It’s always going to have to do with the kids, [ma] I actually have a funny one. As we worked more, and I had less time to put up the tree, I would hire someone to come do [esso],” lei ricorda.

So the kids were telling me, ‘Come on mom, for old time sake, let’s put the tree up ourselves.’ io vado, ‘You’re going to fall asleep and leave me to it.And they’re going, 'No, ovviamente no, we’ll help you.We start putting up the tree, within half an hour they were both asleep on the couch, and I wanted to kill them,” she says jokingly. “Ma ancora, somehow that’s a really big memory that stands out, because the time spent together is always the most special moments.

Estefan Family Christmas, which Gloria says will feel like you’re joining her “festa di vacanza,” è fuori ora.