Bassist/composer/vocalist Esperanza Spalding was a featured performer on the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26, 2012. She sang a moving rendition of “What a Wonderful World” as a tribute to those who have passed away, including Whitney Houston, Steve Jobs and Elizabeth Taylor. MTV raved, “It was a performance that allowed millions to see what Grammy voters had already seen in her last year.” The ceremony took place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California and was televised live on ABC TV.
Esperanza also played bass for the majority of the ceremony with the orchestra, except during her solo appearance in the balcony to perform “Minor Swing” and to sing “What A Wonderful World.”
On March 20th, 2012, Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, gives us Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet.
Eleven of the twelve songs are accompanied by conceptual short films, which further express Esperanza’s inspiration and story behind each track. Shot in various locations including New York City; Barcelona, Spain; and Portland, Oregon; all films will be available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or on a DVD in the deluxe version.