Monday, February 14, 2011

Music Monday -- Best New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

Last night for the first time in ages, I watched the Grammy Awards. Not the entire show, but enough to catch the announcement of the best new artist. And while my kids were SHOCKED that Justin Bieber did not win, I was thrilled to see jazz phenom, Esperanza Spalding pick up the award.

A brief tour around the internet this morning proves that a lot of people don't know much about the amazingly Afroe'd singer/songwriter/instrumentalist so I thought I'd dedicate today's post to Ms. Spalding who besides her awesome musical talent has a great meltingpot background (African-American, Hispanic, Welsh and Native American) which fuels her interest in an eclectic range of music.

So, here's a story that ran on about Spalding's win last night. And then of course you can go directly to her website for more information, including tour dates. And finally, I leave you with a little bit of music to begin your week. Sorry Justin Bieber, you didn't stand a chance.



AnaCeleste said...

I'm so glad she won!! I knew she was nominated for a Grammy, but I didn't know for which category. She's an amazing vocalist and performer. She's my musical inspiration. I got to see her perform at Central Park two summers ago and was really impressed by her talent. I like that she's not as commercially hyped up as Justin Beiber and that more people who weren't familiar with her are starting to take notice. Way to go Esperanza!!

Melissa said...

I have to admit I had never heard of her until the Grammys but I am sooo glad Justin didn't win! I will definitely be checking her out.

LT said...

She is inspirational isn't she?

I feel you!