Happy Birthday, Esperanza Spalding!
Is jazz dead? No, and the reason why goes back further than the futuristic sounds of the Brainfeeder collective. The genre had Esperanza Spalding, who turns 31 years old today (Oct. 18).
The Oregon native's rise to fame came with a touch of infamy. The bassist and singer caught extra attention when she won the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011. The footnote is how she won over pop sensation Justin Bieber, who was a Billboard mainstay.
However, those who gave the soothing vibes of Chamber Music Society a shot knew that it was a well-deserved award. Spalding has the distinction of being the first jazz artist to win the Best New Artist Award, although she had already released two other albums.
Her follow-up effort, Radio Music Society, also won Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). So she's definitely not a one-hit wonder. The world waits on what Spalding will do next, but she's been mostly quiet when it comes to new material since appearing on Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady album.
However, Spalding is set to release new music very soon. The musician recently went on Twitter to announce her new single. She tweeted: