Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Second Line For Ellis Marsalis





By Shelah Moody


On April 1, the music world lost one of its greatest influencers, New Orleans jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis. At 85, Marsalis died of complications from the coronavirus global pandemic. 
Media tributes poured in worldwide from his four successful sons,  Wynton (trumpet), Branford (saxophone), Delfeayo (trombone) and Jason (drums) as well as Harry Connick Jr., Herbie Hancock and the many musicians he tutored and mentored. 
         On April 6, Wynton Marsalis, despite executive director of Jazz at Lincoln Center,  despite grieving in isolation, (jazz.org) used his live digital intimate weekly conversation,  “Skain’s Domain” to pay tribute to his father with special guests Terrance Blanchard, Joey Alexander, Andre Carter, and others. 
“He went out the way he lives: embracing reality,” Wynton posted on Instagram.
“My daddy was a humble man with a lyrical sound that captured the spirit of place--New Orleans, the Crescent City, the Big Easy, the Curve,” Branford posted on Twitter. “He was a stone-cold believer without extravagant tastes.”


           Easter weekend,  Delfeayo took to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DelfeayoMarsalis/ for a live check-in thanking well-wishers sending their condolences and honoring his father. Delfeayo was quarantined at his home in New Orleans after being tested for coronavirus. 


As I reflect on the 1st Easter without my dad (well in fairness he wasn't one prone to much celebration about things) and the 3rd without my mother I'm reminded of their resolve to honor their commitment to family and sacrifice for their sons. Today I'll raise a glass to D & E  (Dolores and Ellis) with love in my heart and a smile on my face!”


POPS, THE NINTH WARD, AND PANCAKES


During the summer of 2018, I had the privilege of experiencing Ellis Marsalis's legacy as a musician and educator first hand. I  volunteered at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, the jewel of Ninth Ward, which nurtures the next generation of singers, composers, dancers and players of instruments. During youth piano recitals and new artist showcases, Marsalis was often on hand to lend his inspiration and support and then stopping for a cool glass of lemonade afterward.
Shortly after his passing, Michele Brierre, executive director of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, reflected on the passing of her friend.





“A true legend has passed but not without enriching the lives of so many of us whom he touched,” said Brierre. “Ellis Marsalis was a master educator with a unique ability to share his gifts and wisdom. As important, Ellis defined character. In how he lived his life, he set a worthy example for us all. It has been my life's great fortune and pleasure to work under Ellis' guidance for the past decade as the executive director of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. The Center lives on to fulfill the passion and to uphold the legacy of this great American treasure.”



 


That summer, thanks to  Delfeayo Marsalis, I worked in Ellis Marsalis’  household as a caregiver for his adult autistic son, MBoya. I believe God placed me there for a reason: to learn humility, grace, and compassion. I would iron for elder Marsalis, aka Pops,  and wash the dishes and make coffee, trying to work carefully and quietly around him as he read the morning paper, watched CNN from his favorite chair in the den or kept council with family members. One afternoon, I was lucky enough to hear Mr. Marsalis rehearsing on the piano upstairs! One Sunday morning after I arrived for my shift; he decided to make pancakes for the household and he asked me if I wanted some, too! They were delicious! I will always remember his kindness, generosity, good sense and good humor! Plus, he was one of the calmest people I’ve ever met. Real soulful.
During the summer of 2018, Ellis Marsalis’ Friday night set at Snug Harbor on Frenchmen Street was the hottest ticket in town. As soon as he hit the stage at Satchmofest, people rose to their feet. During July Fourth weekend, I accompanied Mr. Marsalis and his family to his performance at the 20th Annual Patriotic Music Fest at Trinity Church, where he jammed with the Marine Jazz Trio (see clip). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QkI0kYTt5w
Ellis Marsalis, an NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz master, was a strict and beloved educator at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the University of New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana. He was a scholar and intellectual whose home was filled with books. On “Skain’s Domain,” Wynton remembered him encouraging him to read “Autobiography of a Yogi,” by Paramhansa Yoganamda. 
 “We lost a great pioneer in modern jazz piano artistry and music education advancement in Ellis Marsalis,” Herbie Hancock posted on Instagram. “He instilled in others, including his sons, led by Wynton and Branford, the fruits of his legacy, creating their own.  May he Rest in Peace.”

         

Tuesday, March 31, 2020





The Day the Music and High Fives Died 
(Or Paused by the Coronavirus)
By Shelah Moody 


       Grammy-winning vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant was scheduled to perform her new piece, “Ogress” at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on March 11. But due to the panic caused by the coronavirus pandemic,  the concert was canceled by SFJAZZ.
     “In keeping with the mandate from the governor of California and the City and County of San Francisco to not hold public events or large gatherings, SFJAZZ is, effectively immediately, postponing all shows and education events through April 5 including the NEA Jazz Master events,” the nonprofit posted on SFJAZZ.org.
         That night, McLorin wound up performing “Ogress” at a private concert in the home of renowned author and activist Angela Davis. She was fortunate.
    The music industry is definitely taking a hit, with concerts and festivals around the world being canceled or postponed due to health concerns and widespread fear over COVID-19.
        Goldenvoice announced that the wildly popular Coachella festival, at the direction of the County of Riverside, announced on their website that their event has been postponed to October 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 2020. 
     Also, at the direction of City of Redondo Beach officials, the Beachlife festival, starring acts such as Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley, has been postponed from its original May 1-May 3 dates. 
    In San Francisco, Broadway SF was forced to shut down productions of “Hamilton” at the Orpheum Theatre and also, “The Last Ship,” musical, featuring British pop icon Sting, at the Golden Gate Theatre.   
      In Berkeley,  Ashkenaz music and dance center, known for presenting reggae, folk, world, and indie music, decided to close its doors until April of 2020. 
      Though his shows have been canceled, Grammy-winning roots music artist Fantastic Negrito, based in Oakland, took the opportunity to write a song about the coronavirus and share it on Instagram.
       Stephen Marley announced via Instagram that he postponed his Washington D.C. show, which was scheduled for March 12, to October 1 of 2020.
   For Dan and Amy Sheehan and Jeff Monser, producers of the annual California Roots Festival, the coronavirus cannot stop the music. Last week on Instagram, they declared that Caliroots will move forward from May 22-May 24 2020 as planned at Monterey Country Fairgrounds. However, this week, Caliroots, too, decided to postpone until October of 2020.
     “We have been closely monitoring COVID-19 and how it may affect our event, our artists and our fans for weeks now. We feel like we’re on a really shitty roller coaster and it’s taking us into uncharted territory. Between the media, several other major events canceling and ensuing panic over purchasing toilet paper and soap has left us all a bit weary.”  
       For many, live music is a source of healing and uplift and it provides a sense of camaraderie. The cancellation of concerts and music festivals may be a crimp in recreation plans for some, but for touring and working musicians, it is a loss of livelihood and revenue.
       In New Orleans, one of the country’s music Meccas, the coronavirus fear has led to the postponement of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the French Quarter Festival until October 2020  and cancellation of other events.
           “Lots of gigs were canceled,” said trombonist and educator Terrance Taplin, a member of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, who perform Wednesday nights at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro on Frenchman Street.
         “I have a little in the bank plus my wife has a nine to five, so we aren’t worried yet, but I am concerned. I give pounds to people I don’t know but I still hug my family.” 
    The pandemic has also caused a phenomenon called social distancing, limited physical communications such as handshakes, hugs kissing and touching to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
         “It’s all discouraged, but hell, u got to go some time, some kind of way,” joked NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis, founder of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra.
           Harpist and music teacher  Jesse Autumn, a California transplant living in New Orleans, said that her Thursday night gig at Silk Road restaurant is still on.
         “I was in CA last week playing, but that was right before things got really crazy... Now I am hunkering down and teaching online. and my students that come over haven't canceled yet, but we shall see. I am cleaning and disinfecting everything constantly!”
      Guitarist Robert “Dubwise” Browne is a composer and producer who makes a bulk of his income touring with internationally known musicians such as Shaggy. Currently, he is riding out the coronavirus panic at home in Kingston, Jamaica.
   “When I saw how widespread the virus is, 
I started having concerns about travel and the realized if I can’t travel, that part of my earnings would be on pause,” said Browne.
      “Public gatherings have been put off or postponed until further notice in a lot of cities, which means no shows, tours or performances. So earning as a live act presently seems very uncertain. I’m grateful to have other streams of income as a musician - studio sessions, royalties, etc which hopefully can maintain my day to day until this situation is all figured out. In the meantime, I can focus on finally completing my next album and figure out how to market and promote it better than my other projects.” 

Check this article from CNET on E cancelations.


       




Friday, March 27, 2020



DARRELL KELLEY

Darrell Kelly“The Coronavirus”

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With the release of his powerful, no holds barred song “The Coronavirus,” Darrell Kelley perfectly meets our unique, challenging moment in history by addressing our strange new day to day reality and its attendant fears and social protocols.

Teaming with his producer/collaborator with his independent label Viral Records, LLC, the singer, songwriter and socially conscious musical Renaissance man creates an infectiously lilting yet emotionally impactful ballad that speaks harsh truths and important urgency directly to our hearts and minds. Over a deep bass driven, atmosphere laden backing track, Darrell uses his warm, reassuring and soul-penetrating vocals to address everything we are experiencing, feeling and freaking out about while hunkered down and listening to the news each day.

As the easy groove begins, his spoken word intro gets right to the point: “You know the coronavirus is spreading everywhere and we have to slow down the spread/So stay inside and don’t go out unless you have to – but let’s keep our senior citizens safe.” In just a few lines, he covers a world of concerns: “I’m scared right now because doctors don’t have the proper protection/If we don’t stop it, we are heading straight for another bad recession/How we gonna stop the spread if we can’t follow simple directions? As the song continues, Darrell addresses the reality of people dying, the importance of staying safe and of course the facts that “You have to wash your hands and you better not touch your face” and “You need to listen and avoid large crowds.”

“I wake up every day to the latest news about the virus,” Darrell says, “and I realize that many people are not listening to the authorities and doing what we’re supposed to do to stop the spread of the coronavirus. I wrote the song as a response to that, hoping people will listen to its message and the reality will sink in that this is life and death serious. It’s my way of sharing the reality that this is not something you can play around with, and that we all have to stick together and wait it out until we flatten the curve and find an ultimate solution. We all have to pay attention and focus on human lives so that we can beat this. It is my belief that we should help people not just in the U.S. but around the world. World leaders need to work together to stop the terrible spread.”

Since getting back to his first love of music and dropping his debut album Unity in 2018, Darrell has been an unstoppable creative and grooving force of nature. Fusing his passions for gospel, pop, dance and R&B with a deep-seated voice for social justice, the ultimate multi-tasker - singer, songwriter, spiritual leader, author, entrepreneur and activist – has created a powerful platform for a unique array of messages, ranging from drawing attention to key political issues and thoughtful spirituality to simply making the most of our lives and having a good time.

Prior to this new global era and the release of his song “The Corona Virus,” the Atlanta based artist had been promoting three new visually and musically compelling new videos showcasing the colorful, provocative and deeply soulful range of his artistry. Directed pointedly at the NRA’s ongoing attempts to block common sense gun laws and background checks, the searing R&B ballad “Because Of You” is a call to arms addressing the tragedy of gun violence in our schools. The track reached #13 on the Indie Worldwide chart.

“Get Wild Remix,” the title track from his 2019 album Get Wild which reached #4 on the Mediabase Activator Chart, is a spirited, synth driven club tune about getting out, hanging with friends and other cool folks and having a good time. Likewise, his sensual, easy grooving club tune “Turn It Up” features Darrell in another upscale lounge setting, hanging at the bar and partying with upscale female buds.  In addition to Unity and Get Wild, Darrell released numerous popular singles and another full length album, Here Comes the Lesson.

In addition to his musical success, the Boston native is a successful entrepreneur, including opening the popular soul food restaurant Soul Delicious Grill and Buffet in Morrow, GA. Every year, he’s hosted an employee appreciation dinner concert that showcases local artists, and at each event, he took the stage to perform a new song he wrote.  After several years of sharing his talents this way, culminating in his powerhouse gospel tune “A Storm Is Coming,” he realized he had enough material to create and market an electronic press kit (EPK).

Darrell’s gospel music is an outgrowth of his service as bishop of spiritual leader of The Pathway Gospel Ministry Church, which is founded on his growing, grass roots UWGEAM ministry. “The Book of UWGEAM,” which he published in 2016, explains the group’s focus on love, unity and respecting one another regardless of religion. UWGEAM stands for God of the Universe, God of the World, God of all gods, God of everything, and God of anything including me.

“I am praying during this time for the protection of everyone, those who believe in God and those who do not,” he says. “People may question their faith during times like these, but I say it’s a time to strengthen our collective faith and pray harder.”


Check out the website at https://darrellkelleyofficial.com/

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

On the Road to the Grammys with Steel Pulse


By Shelah Moody



        February is Reggae Month. Yes, Reggae Month was officially declared by the Jamaican government in 2008; and now it is commemorated with a series of concerts and events worldwide. In the spirit of Bob Marley, whose birthday falls on Feb. 6, Streetwise Radio follows the journey of foundation reggae band Steel Pulse to the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. 
    Steel Pulse was recently nominated a Grammy for their socially and politically conscious album, “Mass Manipulation.” Streetwise Radio’s own  Shelah Moody was asked to help coordinate their walk on the Red Carpet. Here’s a timeline of what transpired. 


May 17, 2019–Steel Pulse releases “Mass Manipulation,” their first album in 15 years, on the Rootfire Cooperative label. 





Nov. 20, 2019 Nominations for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards are announced in 84 categories. “Mass Manipulation” receives a nomination for Best Reggae Album, along with recordings by Koffee (“Rapture”), Third World (“More Work to be Done”) Julian Marley (“As I Am”) and Sly and Robbie (“The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics”). Throughout their 45  year career, Steel Pulse has received nine Grammy nominations. Steel Pulse received their first Grammy for “Babylon the Bandit” in 1986.


September 25, 2019, Grammy Awards voting opens for Recording Academy members. 


Oct. 10, 2019, First round voting by Recording Academy members ends. 


Dec. 9, 2019, the final round of voting by Recording Academy members begins.


Jan. 3, 2020 The final round of voting by Recording Academy members ends.




Jan. 25, 2020, 3 p.m. After landing in LA for Grammy weekend festivities, David Hinds, Steel Pulse’s lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist and his son Baruch Hinds (rapper) stop at a local mall in Los Angeles to put some finishing touches on their attire for Grammy week. David selects a slim-fitting blue suit by Ralph Lauren and shoes by Aldo and Tahari.


David Hinds

Jan.  25, 2020, 5 p.m.  David and Baruch head back to the hotel to get ready for the Grammy Nominee celebration at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. In a sweet moment, David helps Baruch with his tie and contemplates his look for the red carpet.





Jan. 25, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Steel Pulse arrives at Grammy Nominee Celebration at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. They are greeted by their manager, Paul “Ras Pablo” Palmer, who escorts them upstairs to collect their bronze nominee medallions.




They stop to chat with Jazzmeia Horn, 2019 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album (“Love and Liberation”). They also meet up with Reid Foster, general manager of Rootfire Cooperative.

Jazzmeia Horn

Jan. 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m. David and Baruch, joined by Steel Pulse’s sound engineer, Scorpion Omari, check out the fancy vittles at the buffet and discover some nice vegetarian and seafood options. They run into 2016  Grammy-nominee Rocky Dawuni, an acclaimed reggae artist from Ghana. 


Rocky Dawuni & David Hinds

Jan. 25, 2020, 8:45 p.m Throughout the evening, David and Baruch meet and greet Recording Academy trustees and governors from San Francisco and Washington, DC.  They also mingle with 2019 Grammy nominees from classical, jazz and Hawaii music genres who are also Steel Pulse fans. Among them are Catherine Russell (nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album, “Alone Together”) and Kimberly Kauikeolani Miner (nominee for Best Regional Roots Music Album, “Hawaiian Lullaby”). As an activist for native Hawaiian sovereignty, Miner is impressed when David tells her that he has been to Mauna Kea. 


David Hinds & Kimberly Kauikeolani Miner



Jan. 26, 2020, 11:30 a.m. David, Baruch, and Scorpion joined by Steel Pulse band members Selwyn Brown (keyboards, vocals, melodica), Amlak Tafari (bass) David Elecciri (guitar),  Stephen Bradley (trumpet), former member Sidney Mills (keyboards) and several friends and family members of the band gather outside of the Microsoft Theatre in LA, where the award for Best Reggae Album will be announced at the Grammy Premiere Ceremony.  But on this exciting morning, Elecciri seems sad and distracted. He says, quietly, that he has heard that NBA star Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash. What? This cannot be true! People in the crowd begin to check their cell phones.




Jan. 26, 2020, 12:30 p.m. The Premiere Ceremony begins. Amidst the festivities; the mood is somber. The horrifying story is confirmed. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among eight people killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, CA. Host  Imogen heap asks for a moment of silence.




Jan. 20, 1:29 p.m. Suspense builds as Grammy-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding announces the nominees for Best Reggae Album. “Koffee, Rapture.” 
          Everyone claps as Koffee makes her way to the stage and the musical director Cheche Alara and his band play riffs of “Amen,” a composition by multiple Grammy winner Ziggy Marley. 
       History is made as Mikayla Simpson, aka Koffee, a 20-year-old dancehall sensation from Jamaica becomes the first woman and the youngest reggae artist to receive a Grammy for Best Reggae Album. https://youtu.be/qy3QQvLSqLg


Amlak Tafari Congratulates Koffee

          “Blessings, blessings everyone,” Koffee begins. “Thank you so much. I first would like to thank the producers and everyone who helped to make ‘Rapture’ what it is today. I would also like to pay my respect to Julian Marley, Steel Pulse, Sly and Robbie, and Morgan Heritage for the impact they’ve made in the industry and the music. I’ve learned a lot from them and from other older people in the industry, and that’s why I’m here; that’s what brought us all here. So I just want to say that this one’s for all of us; this one’s for reggae, these ones for Jamaica. Thank you very much.”
Flava Flav

Jan. 26, 2020, 4:30 p.m. After watching Premiere Ceremony performances by Angelique Kidjo; Yola and other artists, the Pulse start their procession to the Grammy Red Carpet tent, where they will pass media outlets such as CBS, People magazine, Rolling Stone, Essence.com, Blacktree TV and more. It’s. frenzy. The Pulse strolls the red carpet at the same time as industry giants and influencers such as Smokey Robinson, Keith Urban, Yolanda Adams, Quavo, John Legend, and Chrissy Teigen. The Pulse grabs a fab. photo op on the red carpet with rap legend Flava Flav and his crew and David Hinds gets a hug and photo op from Cyndi Lauper. 
Cyndi Lauper


Jan. 26, 2020; 5:30 p.m. The 62nd annual Grammy Awards televised ceremony kicks off at the Staples Center and Steel Pulse and their entourage take their seats in the VIP section. The venue has become a shrine to fallen hero Kobe Bryant. Fans in Lakers jerseys gather outside of the Staples Center to mourn and leave flowers and candles. Glowing banners and photos of Black Mamba appear throughout the building as well as luminous images of his jersey numbers, 8 and 24. It is surreal. 


Jan. 26, 2020 9:30 p.m. Eighteen-year-old Billie Eilish has walked away with the final Grammy award of the evening, for “Bad Guy.” Steel Pulse heads to the annual Grammy after-party at the Staples Center.  As the band members wait in line, Koffee and her team are seen leaving the after-party. Wait! “Will you take a photo with Steel Pulse?” 
Grammy Winner Koffee Surrounded by Steel Pulse

     “Yes!” Says the tiny winner of the night, smiling with a mouth full of braces. Her energy is warm and loving and she hugs a woman who had just lost her elderly father that morning. 
    The band surrounds Koffee for an epic photo, and kind words and congratulations are exchanged by all. Connections are made. Generation gaps are bridged.
Follow Steel Pulse on tour this spring, steelpulse.com.
Check out their latest video, “Higher Love,” featuring Mykal Rose and Inner Circle: https://youtu.be/upV2ZY-_bHMhttps://youtu.be/upV2ZY-_bHM
For continued Grammy coverage, go to Grammy.com.




Wednesday, February 5, 2020

We Built This City on Rock and Soul



We Built This City on Rock and Soul
By Shelah Moody



London Breed

       San Francisco is a city filled with music. 
       Case in point, when London Breed was inaugurated for her first full term as Mayor of San Francisco on January 8, who could have been a better choice to help her celebrate her victory than guitar icon and SF native Carlos Santana.
     After Mayor Breed took the oath of office and delivered her inaugural speech,  https://youtu.be/TCE1ff_58ug  the Grammy-winning band Santana and special guest, gospel great Yolanda Adams, took the stage in the City Hall Rotunda and performed “Holy Holy” a song made popular by Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin. https://youtu.be/fLblnEetCpA

                                                                 Santana and Yolanda Adams

          Santana, who grew up in San Francisco’s historic Mission District, was accompanied by world-class musicians including acclaimed jazz/rock drummer Cindy Blackman Santana  (his wife) and on backing vocals, Oakland-based producer and Grammy trustee Larry Batiste. 
        In a rare speech after his performance, Carlos praised Mayor Breed for changing the political narrative in the Bay Area and the world in general. https://youtu.be/pPToKQWUkCA 
        After delivering her speech and greeting dignitaries and the members of Santana, Mayor Breed welcomed attendees and their families to a meet and greet and photo op a la Drew Altizer.

Simone Batiste

         Simone Batiste, daughter of Larry Batiste, was one of the attendees who was inspired by Breed’s inauguration ceremony and her message.
          “It was beautiful; The event was very inspiring and very motivating,” said Batiste. “I went to the inauguration with my mom, my dad and my little sister who is a sophomore in college. It was amazing to see a woman in power make a change in what leadership can look like. Watching my dad perform with Santana was great, too. Santana is a legend and watching history take place and Santana being there made everything come full circle. The thing about Carlos Santana’s music is that it brings together good vibes and good feelings. Anybody can dance to it, anyone can listen to it.”

George Washington High School Eagle Marching band

          Mayor Breed’s inaugural musical selections reflected in her pride in the city where she was born and raised. The inauguration kicked off with musical selections by the George Washington High School Eagle Marching band from San Francisco (although Breed, who grew up in the historic Western Addition, graduated with honors from Galileo High School).
         Acclaimed singer/songwriter Katie Kadan, who blew people away on “The Voice” singing competition, was chosen to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner.” https://youtu.be/9ON3efCVJ6E
     On Jan.13, another grand musical event took place in San Francisco, as the Recording Academy and Another Planet Entertainment presented the Bay Area Grammy Nominee celebration. (On Jan. 31, two time Grammy winner and Oakland native  Fantastic Negrito threw a world-class blues, rock and soul New Year’s Eve party at the same venue.
        Camilo Landau, president of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy; introduced the diverse group of 2019 Bay Area Grammy nominees including: 
         Tycho Featuring Saint Sinner—Best Dance/Electronic Album
         Death Angel—Best Metal Performance
         Joshua Redmond Quartet—Best Jazz Instrumental Album
         Gregory Alan Isakov—-Best Folk Album
         Northern Cree—-Best Regional Roots Music Album
          Alphabet Rockers—Best Children’s Music Album
          Todd Sickafoose—Best Musical Theatre Album 
          Leslie Ann Jones—- Best Engineered  Album, Classical.


Alphabet Rockers

       The members of the Alphabet Rockers; founders Kaitlin McGraw and Tommy Shepherd
 Kali De Jesus, Lillian Ellis, Maya Femming and Tommy Shepherd III were so excited about receiving their second Grammy nomination for their hip-hop infused album “The Love,” that they broke into chants of affirmation on the dance floor, then headed to the red carpet for photos. Alphabetrockers.com
          “It feels really good, and it feels good to be able to make music to make a change,” said Shepherd.
          “It makes me feel really good to be nominated because we’ve all worked really hard on this album and I think it deserves to be nominated,” said Flemming. 


For more information and for a live stream if the 2020 awards ceremony, go to Grammy.com.


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