Happy Grammy Highlights

With every top ten list or award nomination list there is always the possibility of discovering new and amazing music.  The Grammy Awards have a massive number of categories that often lead to new discoveries or happy surprises. 

Here are five of my favorite choices from the 57th Grammy Award Nominations.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Fans of classic R&B have long known about Sharon Jones hard driving soulful vocals and her terrific back up band.  After some time off to deal with some serious health issues, Jones has come roaring back with one of the group's most approachable albums.

Nominated for Best R&B Album for
Give the People What They Want



I'll have to admit that I was not aware that anyone from Norway was producing first rate R&B. Bernhoft's soulful voice and his fun, thoughtful take on classic R&B have educated me. His nominated album includes a duet with the wonderful Jill Scott.

Nominated for Best R&B Album for 


Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

Thile and Meyer are superb musicians that are tough to shoehorn into a genre.  Despite their classic roots, they often play music far outside the classic realm dabbling in folk, country and pop genres.  Two years ago they won a Grammy, along with Yo-Yo Ma, for Best Folk Album.  Their latest album is even harder to pinpoint a genre for.

Nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for
Bass & Mandolin


Mindi Abair

A long time sessions musician who backed up various high profile singers and worked on several seasons of American Idol, Abair has had a hard time breaking through despite her ability to both sing and play amazing saxophone.  That has changed with this nominated album which is bringing her some overdue attention.

Nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for 
Wild Heart


The Okee Dokee Brothers

It's pretty rare to find musicians who can write music that is enjoyable for both adults and children.  The Okee Dokee Brothers manage to achieve this with their easy going bluegrass inspired music that celebrates the beauty of the natural world in a way that audiences of all ages can appreciate.

Nominated for Best Children's Album for 
Through the Woods

Don't forget to Predict the 2015 Grammy Awards before February 6, 2015

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This is a fantastic post! I thoroughly enjoyed the clips and the songs - yeah!
1/8/2015 11:44:29 AM

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