Gloria Estrada began playing the guitar at the age of 14. As a teenager Gloria identified with the sounds of classic rock bands like Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles. She was self taught up until her studies at Pasadena City College where she began formal training in both classical and jazz music. In 2004 she was awarded 1st place in the PCC Jazz Competition. She later transferred and received a B.A. in Music at the University of Southern California.
Latin Grammy nominated Gloria Estrada is a multi instrumentalist that plays: Guitar, Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Guitarron, Vihuela, and Accordion. She has played and or recorded with: Viento Callejero, Finger Dancers, Las Cafeteras, El Mariachi Manchester, Marisa Ronstadt, Carla Morrison, Mitre, Maria Del Pilar, La Santa Cecilia, Quetzal, Irene Diaz, Fernada Ulibarri, Eugene Toale, Entre Mujeres, David Garza, and Perrozompopo. Music she composed and collaborated on can be heard on film and tv shows: Bruising for Besos, Weeds, Entourage, One Tree Hill, The Bridge, 2501 Migrants, and El Reloj.