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Esperanza Spalding
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Vocalist
    (October 18, 1984- )
    Born in Portland, Oregon
    CDs include ‘Junjo (2006)’ and ‘Esperanza (2008)’
    Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist (February 13, 2011)
    Having quit at 16, she considered high school to be ‘easy — and boring.’
    She credits the shower with most of her vocal experiences.
    During her years on the club circuit, she tended to make up songs as she went — mostly about childish pursuits (‘I had never experienced love before’).
    Like Mariah Carey, she wants to be judged on her musical range more than her sex appeal (take what you can get, baby, because you never know).
    She can also sing in Spanish and Portuguese (the former of which was helped through having a Cuban nanny).
    Her love of music was cemented at age four through an episode of Mister Rogers Neighborhood on which Yo Yo Ma appeared.
    How many lead vocalists play upright bass?
    Following her college graduation (2005), the Berklee College of Music tapped her to become a prof — among the youngest in the history of the institution.
    Her voice was compared to Blossom Dearie.

Credit: Cool It All Right?


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