Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mariea Antoinette Hopeful For Grammy Nod

Urban-jazz harpist will release a funky disco rendition of “Gloria” for the holiday season as GRAMMY® voters consider her “Straight from the Harp: Special Edition” for nominations in five categories. 

SAN DIEGO (30 October 2015): She’s been spreading good tidings of soulful R&B-jazz grooves to listeners around the world all year and now harpist Mariea Antoinette is hoping GRAMMY® voters will recognize her innovative sonicscapes with a nomination in five award categories for her second album, “Straight from the Harp: Special Edition.” The holiday season will be in full cheer by the time the nominations are announced in December and Antoinette will help set the mood with a sterling rendition of “Gloria (Angels We Have Heard on High)” that will be available digitally from iTunes and CD Baby on November 15.     

On her sophomore album, “Straight from the Harp: Special Edition,” a Best Contemporary Instrumental Album entry, Antoinette was determined to open the R&B and contemporary jazz frontiers to exciting new aural possibilities with harp as the protagonist on the critically-praised set of originals, R&B-funk classics, hip hop beats, improvisational jazz, edgy rock and celestial ambiance produced by Emmy winner and two-time GRAMMY® nominee Allan Phillips. The result is a Billboard Top 5 contemporary jazz album that made several singles into radio playlist favorites while establishing the identity of Antoinette’s distinctive sound that proficiently mixes genres with the dare of a fearless alchemist, the defiance of a revolutionist and the cool swagger of a visionary artist. Antoinette’s unique approach has made her a Best New Artist contender and along with Phillips, a Best Arranging/Composer entrant. Her delicate touch on “Spend Some Time (With You)” is under consideration for Best Jazz Improvised Solo. Confirming Antoinette’s versatility, “A Single Dance,” featuring vocalist Chanel Fields on the cut sequined with Antoinette’s sparkling harp over a hip shaking R&B track, is up for Best Pop Single.       

Placing her sound concept into a holiday context on “Gloria,” Antoinette takes her ancient stringed instrument to a disco party, struts her stuff Soul Train style and ushers in the season with revere and revelry on an imaginative take of the Christmas gem. The single will be shipped to radio stations next month, promising to festively light up the airwaves and charts.    
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