Described by Rolling Stone as “An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice,” Paula is the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer Grammy Award nomination for her work, This Fire. That same year, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She has released 9 albums, including her 2017Ballads, with a powerful rendition of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.”
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Singer-songwriter and gifted pianist Kandace Springs’s music reflects jazz, soul, and pop influences of her upbringing in Nashville. Her remake of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” attracted the attention of Prince, who asked her to perform with him for the 30th-anniversary concert of Purple Rain. Known for her smoky voice and dramatic phrasing, her second album, Indigo will be released on March 23. She is a JusticeAid veteran, having rocked the house at our 2017 concert in New York. Welcome back, Kandace!
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Detroit native Marshall Crenshaw is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known for his song “Someday, Someway,” a Top 40 hit. Original songs from his over 16 albums and numerous EPs have been widely recorded by other major artists. Early in his career, he played Buddy Holly, an early influence, in the film La Bamba, and he also appeared in Peggy Sue Got Married, as well as his own special On Stage at World Cafe Live: Marshall Crenshaw.
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“American Songster” Dom Flemons is a Grammy Award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music such as ragtime, spirituals, and strong band music with a contemporary approach to create new sounds. He is the co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and recently performed at Carnegie Hall for a Tribute to Lead Belly, as well as at the opening ceremonies for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
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CECILE MCLORIN SALVAN
Jazz great Wynton Marsalis said of 28-year-old recording artist Cecile McLorin Salvant, “You get a singer like this once in a generation or two.” She’s been compared to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald. Her most recent album is Dreams and Daggers. Known for her wide range in pitch and emotion, vocalization, and style of music, she placed first in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, has won two Grammy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been profiled in The New Yorker.
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