"Jazz has always been a melting pot of influences and I plan to incorporate them all."

  • Born Esperanza Emily Spalding Oct. 18, 1984, in Portland, Oregon
  • After her GRAMMY win for Best New Artist for 2010, Spalding's third album, Chamber Music Society, re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 34 and became the best-selling contemporary jazz album of the year. 
  • Spalding earned her first GRAMMY win for Best New Artist for 2010. 
  • Spalding became the youngest faculty member at the Berklee College of Music at age 20.
  • Spalding performed with GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session students during GRAMMY Week in 2012. She also participated in GRAMMY U SoundCheck installments, having a discussion and live performance with students, in New York (2012), Washington, D.C., (2013) and New Orleans (2016).
  • The bassist/singer organized a benefit concert for Free the Slaves, an organization that raises awareness about slavery worldwide. She donated a portion of the proceeds from her spring 2013 tour to environmental group Earthjustice.

Esperanza Spalding

"Jazz has always been a melting pot of influences and I plan to incorporate them all."

  • Born Esperanza Emily Spalding Oct. 18, 1984, in Portland, Oregon
  • After her GRAMMY win for Best New Artist for 2010, Spalding's third album, Chamber Music Society, re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 34 and became the best-selling contemporary jazz album of the year. 
  • Spalding earned her first GRAMMY win for Best New Artist for 2010. 
  • Spalding became the youngest faculty member at the Berklee College of Music at age 20.
  • Spalding performed with GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session students during GRAMMY Week in 2012. She also participated in GRAMMY U SoundCheck installments, having a discussion and live performance with students, in New York (2012), Washington, D.C., (2013) and New Orleans (2016).
  • The bassist/singer organized a benefit concert for Free the Slaves, an organization that raises awareness about slavery worldwide. She donated a portion of the proceeds from her spring 2013 tour to environmental group Earthjustice.

GRAMMY Award Results for Esperanza Spalding

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Wins
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Radio Music Society
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
City Of Roses
Nominations
Best Long Form Music Video
Radio Music Society
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Bird Songs
 
Wins
Best New Artist

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