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    ESPERANZA SPALDING WINS BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY AWARD

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    Heads Up International/Concord Music Group Recording Artist Is First Jazz Musician To Ever Win Best New Artist Grammy

    Cleveland, OH – Heads Up International/Concord Music Group is proud to announce that 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 53 rd Annual GRAMMY 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.

    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.

    “Esperanza is a phenomenal artist, and we’re thrilled about her GRAMMY win ,” says Mark Wexler, Senior Vice President and Label Manager, Jazz and Classics Group. “All of us at the Concord Music Group are delighted that she’s been honored by her peers in the music industry, and we’re proud to be a part of her success.”

    Concord Music Group chief label officer Gene Rumsey added, “Esperanza embodies everything a ‘Best New Artist’ should: inspired vision, unique creativity and masterful musicianship. The Concord team is extremely pleased to be associated with such an outstanding artist. We look forward to what surely will be an important and lasting career in music.”

    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 reached nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on the Billboard 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 2010 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

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