ESPERANZA SPALDING WINS
BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY® AWARD
First Jazz Musician To Ever Win Best New Artist Award
Bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding has won the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist. Winners were announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the 53rd® Awards on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. All nominations were for albums released from September 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010. Annual GRAMMY
Spalding is the first jazz musician to ever win the Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award. She was nominated along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Her inclusion in this mainstream category signified her considerable appeal to a broad audience.
Spalding combines the imaginative flights of a serious improviser with the musical accessibility of a pop star and within two years of her solo debut has beguiled success at nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on theBillboard Contemporary Jazz chart and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.
Chamber Music Society, Spalding’s most recent release, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. In January 2011, Chamber Music Society hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
Other career highlights include two televised performances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, features in Oprah Magazine and The New Yorker, numerous awards and high profile tour dates, capped by an invitation to perform at the 2009 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
Critical acclaim for ESPERANZA SPALDING:
“I love listening to Esperanza, she is wonderful.”- President Barack Obama
“Her soulful songs and masterful bass playing have made Esperanza Spalding a rising star.” – People Magazine
“Eclectic and charming.” – USA Today
“…her talent is undeniable.” – Rolling Stone
“Since the 2008 release of ‘Esperanza,’ Ms. Spalding has been the recipient of a truly unusual amount of goodwill. A smart, surefooted bassist and a frolicsome, irrepressible singer, she does her part to justify the acclaim.” – The New York Times
“Spalding’s latest idea is the ambitious new album ‘Chamber Music Society,’…Described by Spalding as reference to the definition of chamber music as ‘music among friends,’ the album lives up to its title with the backing of a string trio and elliptical, classical-informed structures, but pushes the concept into eclectic new corners.” – Los Angeles Times