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Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

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Famous as :

Jazz singer, bassist

Birth Date :

1984

Birth Place :

Portland, Oregon, USA

Claim to fame :

Album "Esperanza" (2008)

Biography


Esperanza Spalding was the name which became famous and infamous at the same time when she won Best New Artist category at the 53rd Grammy Awards. Little known before the prestigious event, the jazz singer beat the odds when her name was called out instead of more established names such as Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. She became the first jazz artist to win the category.

Spalding was born in 1984 to a Welsh/Hispanic/Native American mother and African-American father who got divorce when she was little. Her mom raised her and her brother as a single parent in Portland, Oregon, in a neighborhood which she described as "pretty scary". Her interest in music came mainly from her mom who was not only encouraging her daughter to enter music schools but also studied music herself.

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ABC Family Cancels 'Secret Life of the American Teenager' After Five Seasons

October 10, 2012 02:12:45 GMT

The current fifth season of "" will be the last for the show. ABC Family announces that it has decided to pull the plug on the teen drama series, which was created by Brenda Hampton ("7th Heaven").
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Beyonce Bows Out of 'A Star Is Born', Esperanza Spalding May Replace

October 10, 2012 01:34:56 GMT

"" may be facing a major setback as , who was on board to take the female lead role, reportedly quits the project. According to Variety, the "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" hitmaker drops out of the -directed remake film due to scheduling issues.
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Esperanza Spalding Recalled Justin Bieber's Fans Grammy Backlash

March 03, 2011 09:50:37 GMT

Jazz star escaped the backlash from overzealous fans after she beat the teen to the Best New Artist Grammy Award - because the newcomer jetted off to Japan straight after her big win. The little-known singer and bassist was a surprise winner at last month's ceremony, triumphing over more mainstream acts like Bieber and rapper .
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Artist of the Week: Esperanza Spalding

February 28, 2011 06:38:04 GMT

became talk of the town soon after she won Best New Artist at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13. The jazz singer beat , , and .
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Esperanza Spalding Talks Nasty Comments Posted by Bieber's Fans

February 24, 2011 06:08:45 GMT

Jazz star has brushed off the harsh criticism she's received after beating to the Best New Artist Grammy Award at this year's ceremony, insisting she's not making music to be popular. The little-known bassist and singer was a surprise winner at the Grammys, triumphing over more mainstream acts like Bieber, , and .
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'Inception' Wins Big at American Society of Cinematographers Awards

February 15, 2011 02:26:29 GMT

's sci-fi thriller "" was the big winner at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, February 13. Cinematographer Wally Pfister triumphed in the feature film category for his work on "Inception", taking the night's top prize during the ceremony at the city's Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom.
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Justin Bieber's Fans Posted Nasty Comments After Grammy Lost

February 14, 2011 09:27:27 GMT

Angry fans attacked an online biography about on Sunday, February 13 after the jazz performer beat the "Baby" hitmaker to the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
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