It was back in 2011 when I first saw her on the television, trying to break ice with the teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber. The Bieber frenzy was at peak then, and everyone were certain that the 53rd Grammy Award for the Best New Artist would go to him. But the young popstar lost it to Esperanza Spalding, the curly haired jazz artist. I sighed in relief. For once, the music industry rest upon a new talent than going gaga over the Baby hitmaker. After all, Bieber’s music catered to amatuer ears, and those, no offence, who just happened to nurse mushy emotions. Hehe. True, he sounds cute.
So the next thing I did was, go to youtube and search for Spalding. This was the first video I saw (below), and fell in love with her upbeat personality that shines through her music.
Until the Grammy award, Spalding was barely known. Yes, she has had tasted success for a decade before the world got to know her and her soulful music.She performed twice at the White House, and at President Obama’s request, played at the ceremony where he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
I’m not well-versed in jazz, but her preludes to most of her songs help connect to her music. Like this one.