I am not always up on what is playing on mainstream radio. My kids love music and there is always something playing somewhere around the Mouse House though and this helps me stay "in the know". (That and they commandeer the radio the minute we hop in the car.) Even if I didn't have my kids to help me out, I'd have to be living under a rock not to know who Justin Bieber is. So I was intrigued to find out that Esperanza Spalding, someone I had never even heard of, beat him for Best New Artist at Sunday night's Grammy Awards. (No, I didn't watch them. I don't do awards shows but from all accounts, the live music at this year's Grammys may have been worth the effort. And for the record, my vote would have been for Florence and the Machine.)
I checked Esperanza out and was pleasantly surprised. Esperanza is a jazz bassist/singer who ends up combining a lot of different genres and influences in her music. Her Grammy win was the first time a jazz artist has won Best New Artist... so obviously I'm not the only one who has been smitten by her sound.
The song featured, "I Know You Know", can be found on her debut album entitled Esperanza. Have a listen and let me know what you think. Do you think she deserved to win? Over Justin? Do you think she's destined to go places musically?