I’m sure by now you’ve heard the buzz about jazz singer Esperanza Spalding winning the Grammy for Best New Artist. Now, I can’t claim to have been up on her before that night, but, on a personal note, it always gives me a charge to see an underdog come out on top…especially when she’s a young, talented woman of color.
Reading up on her, Esperanza, 26, is no joke. Not only does she give respectful and artful nods to her predecessors in her genre, but she has made a modernized name for herself across the globe. According to NPR, she has sold out shows in the US and abroad, opened for Prince and even performed for Barack Obama.
I’ve listened to some of her tracks—she rolls with deft licks on her bass, smooth vocals and old-school scatting. Her music is sexy, sultry and inspires a chill-out session at home or at your favorite lounge. I might have to shamelessly jump on the bandwagon and get her album…:)
P.S.- Sorry Justin Beiber, better luck next time…you’ve got plenty of time!
- NPR’s blogger Patrick Jarenwattananon gives some nice background and a taste of what the blogosphere is saying about her here.