Monthly Archives: March 2013


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GRAMMY® winner Gordon Stoker was known for his stellar tenor voice, which graced countless memorable recordings throughout his more than 60-year career. As a longtime member of the vocal quartet the Jordanaires, he helped to influence the sound of gospel, country and pop music with a unique and versatile style while recording with an impressive roster of artists. Stoker worked with the likes of Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn and played a significant role in the career of Elvis Presley for more than a decade. We have lost a gifted and timeless artist who made significant contributions to music and our industry, and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and all who were inspired by his talents.

Neil Portnow


The Recording Academy

Grants Awarded to 10 Top U.S. Public High Schools for Music Excellence Including Six Enterprise Awards Granted to Economically Underserved Schools

Supported in Part by Best Buy, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Hot Topic Foundation

Special GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Awards Given Throughout The Year In Partnership With Best Buy And The Hot Topic Foundation

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 28, 2013) — The GRAMMY Foundation® ( announced today that 10 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools ( for 2013 and have been awarded cash grants totaling $56,000. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. Each of the 10 GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top three schools are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is named the National GRAMMY Signature School. The National GRAMMY Signature School will receive $10,000, and the two remaining Gold schools each will receive $5,500. One remaining GRAMMY Signature School recipient will receive a grant of $2,000 to benefit its music programs. In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, six schools will receive a grant of $5,500 each. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through the generous support of Best Buy, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Hot Topic Foundation.

The GRAMMY Foundation also offers the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, an extension of the GRAMMY Signature Schools program in partnership with Best Buy and the Hot Topic Foundation. Through this alliance, the GRAMMY Foundation identifies deserving public high school music programs to receive the award and a $2,000 grant. During the past year, approximately 86 schools have received the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, and total dollars granted exceeded $172,000.

“For the past 15 years, our GRAMMY Signature Schools program has been providing much-needed financial resources and recognizing excellence in schools across the U.S. whose music programs have a positive impact on the lives of their students,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. “We’re extremely grateful to our sponsors, whose generous support has allowed this initiative to grow. This program also was one source of inspiration behind the new Music Educator Award being presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation that will honor music’s unsung heroes — the teachers who spend their days in classrooms encouraging music’s next generation.”

2013 GRAMMY Signature Schools:


2013 National GRAMMY Signature School ($10,000)

Neuqua Valley High School — Naperville, Ill.


2013 GRAMMY Signature Schools Gold ($5,500 each)

Marcus High School — Flower Mound, Texas

York Community High School — Elmhurst, Ill.


2013 GRAMMY Signature Schools ($2,000)

Northwood High School — Irvine, Calif.


2013 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award ($5,500 each)

Colony High School — Palmer, Alaska

Compton High School — Compton, Calif.

John Marshall High School — Los Angeles

North Central High School — Spokane, Wash.

Palacios High School — Palacios, Texas

Sahuarita High School — Sahuarita, Ariz.


The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each school’s music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October at After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students’ musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014. The nomination process is online at and the deadline for submissions is April 15. For more information about the Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please “like” GRAMMY in the Schools® on Facebook at, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at and join us on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn at

1. Record Of The Year


Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden, mastering engineer
Track from: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic

Lonely Boy

The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Track from: El Camino
Label: Nonesuch

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Kelly Clarkson
Greg Kurstin, producer; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited

We Are Young

Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe

Jeff Bhasker, producer; Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson, Ken Lewis, Pawel Sek & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Thinkin Bout You

Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean & Shea Taylor, producers; Jeff Ellis, Mark “Spike” Stent, Pat Thrall & Marcos Tovar, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Track from: Channel Orange
Label: Def Jam

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Taylor Swift
Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, producers; Serban Ghenea, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert & John Hanes, engineer/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
Label: Big Machine Records


2. Album Of The Year



Mumford & Sons
Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Glassnote

El Camino

The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Label: Nonesuch

Some Nights

Janelle Monáe, featured artist; Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One & TommyD, producers; Jeff Bhasker, Pete Bischoff, Jeff Chestek, Rich Costey, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Ken Lewis, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar, Pawel Sek & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Channel Orange

Frank Ocean
André 3000, John Mayer, Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler, The Creator, featured artists; Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Pharrell & Shea Taylor, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Ken Oriole, Philip Scott, Mark “Spike” Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Label: Def Jam


Jack White
Jack White, producer; Vance Powell & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Third Man/Columbia Records


3. Song Of The Year


We Are Young

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe)

Track from: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen; Publishers: WB Music, FBR Music, Bearvon Music/Rough Art/Shira Lee Lawrence Rick Music/Way Above Music/Sony ATV Songs

The A Team

Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)

Track from: +
Label: Elektra; Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing


Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

Label: RCA/Bystorm Entertainment; Publisher: Art Dealer Chic

Call Me Maybe

Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen  & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Label: 604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope; Publishers: Jepsen Music Publishing, Regular Monkey Productions, Crowe Music Publishing

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)

Label: RCA/19 Recordings; Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Scandinavia, Perfect Storm Music Group/Sony ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia, BMG Gold Songs, Kurstin Music/EMI April Music


4. Best New Artist



Alabama Shakes

Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean


5. Best Pop Solo Performance


Set Fire To The Rain [Live]

Track from: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Label: XL/Columbia

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Kelly Clarkson
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited

Call Me Maybe

Carly Rae Jepsen
Label: 604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope

Wide Awake

Katy Perry

Label: Capitol

Where Have You Been


Track from: Talk That Talk
Label: Def Jam


6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance


Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Track from: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic

Shake It Out

Florence & The Machine

Track from: Ceremonials
Label: Universal Republic

We Are Young

Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe

Track from: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Sexy And I Know It


Track from: Sorry For Party Rocking
Label: Records


Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

Track from: Overexposed
Label: A & M/Octone


7. Best Pop Instrumental Album



Chris Botti

Label: Columbia


Gerald Albright & Norman Brown

Label: Concord Jazz

Four Hands & A Heart Volume One

Larry Carlton

Label: 335 Records, Inc.

Live At The Blue Note Tokyo

Dave Koz

Label: Just Koz Entertainment


Arun Shenoy

Label: Arun Shenoy Music Publishing


8. Best Pop Vocal Album



Kelly Clarkson
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings LLC


Florence & The Machine

Label: Universal Republic

Some Nights

Label: Fueled By Ramen


Maroon 5

Label: A&M/Octone

The Truth About Love


Label: RCA Records


9. Best Dance Recording



Skrillex Featuring Sirah

Skrillex, producer; Skrillex, mixer
Track from: Bangarang
Label: OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic



Tim Bergling & Ash Pournouri, producers; Tim Bergling, mixer
Label: Levels/Atom Empire/Interscope

Let’s Go

Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo

Calvin Harris, producer; Calvin Harris, mixer
Label: Ultra Music

Don’t You Worry Child

Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin

Steve Angello, Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, producers; Steve Angello, Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, mixers
Label: Astralwerks

I Can’t Live Without You

Al Walser

Al Walser, producer; Al Walser, mixer
Label: Cut The Bull Entertainment


10. Best Dance/Electronica Album




Label: OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic


Steve Aoki

Label: Ultra Music/ Dim Mak

Don’t Think

The Chemical Brothers

Label: Astralwerks

> Album Title Goes Here


Label: Mau5trap Recordings/Ultra Music

Fire & Ice


Label: Ultra Music


11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Kisses On The Bottom

Paul McCartney

Label: Hear Music


Michael Bublé

Label: 143/Reprise

A Holiday Carole

Carole King

Label: Hear Music


12. Best Rock Performance


Lonely Boy

The Black Keys
Track from: El Camino
Label: Nonesuch

Hold On

Alabama Shakes
Track from: Boys & Girls
Label: ATO Records

Charlie Brown


Label: Capitol

I Will Wait

Mumford & Sons
Track from: Babel
Label: Glassnote

We Take Care Of Our Own

Bruce Springsteen

Track from: Wrecking Ball
Label: Columbia Records


13. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance


Love Bites (So Do I)


Track from: The Strange Case Of…
Label: Atlantic

I’m Alive


Label: Megaforce

Blood Brothers

Iron Maiden

Track from: En Vivo!
Label: UMe

Ghost Walking

Lamb Of God

Track from: Resolution
Label: Epic

No Reflection

Marilyn Manson

Track from: Born Villain
Label: Cooking Vinyl

Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)


Track from: Th1rt3en
Label: Roadrunner Records


14. Best Rock Song


Lonely Boy

Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

Track from: El Camino
Label: Nonesuch; Publisher: McMoore McLesst Publishing

Freedom At 21

Jack White, songwriter (Jack White )

Track from: Blunderbuss
Label: Columbia Records/ Third Man Records; Publisher: Third String Tunes

I Will Wait

Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall & Marcus Mumford, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)

Track from: Babel
Label: Glassnote


Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

Label: Warner Bros.; Publisher: Warner Chappell

We Take Care Of Our Own

Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)

Track from: Wrecking Ball
Label: Columbia Records; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen


15. Best Rock Album


El Camino

The Black Keys
Label: Nonesuch

Mylo Xyloto


Label: Capitol

The 2nd Law


Label: WB

Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen

Label: Columbia Records


Jack White
Label: Columbia Records/ Third Man Records


16. Best Alternative Music Album


Making Mirrors

Label: Universal Republic

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Fiona Apple

Label: Epic/Clean Slate



Label: One Little Indian / Nonesuch

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.


Label: Mute

Bad As Me

Tom Waits

Label: Anti Records


17. Best R&B Performance




Track from: Looking 4 Myself
Label: RCA Records

Thank You


Track from: All Of Me
Label: Home School/Atlantic

Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)

Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi

Track from: Black Radio
Label: Blue Note

I Want You

Luke James

Label: Mercury


Label: RCA Records / Bystorm Entertainment


18. Best Traditional R&B Performance


Love On Top


Track from: 4
Label: Columbia Records


Anita Baker

Label: Blue Note

Wrong Side Of A Love Song

Melanie Fiona

Track from: The MF Life
Label: SRC

Real Good Hands

Gregory Porter

Track from: Be Good
Label: Motema Music

If Only You Knew


Track from: I Missed Us
Label: Mass Appeal Entertainment/E1 Music


19. Best R&B Song



Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

Label: RCA/Bystorm Entertainment; Publisher: Art Dealer Chic

Beautiful Surprise

Tamia Hill, Claude Kelly & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Tamia)

Label: Plus 1 Music Group; Publishers: Plus 1 Publishing, Studiobeast Music/Warner Tamerlane Music/Linden Springfield/EMI Blackwood Music

Heart Attack

Benjamin Levin, Rico Love & Tremaine Neverson, songwriters (Trey Songz)

Track from: Chapter V
Label: Songbook/Atlantic; Publishers: Matza Ball Music/Where Da Kasz At, EMI Foray Music, April’s Boy Muzik/Warner Chappell Music

Pray For Me

Antonio Dixon, Kenny Edmonds, Anthony Hamilton & Patrick “jQue” Smith, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)

Track from: Back To Love
Label: RCA; Publishers: Tappy Whyte’s Music/Songs of Universal, Faze 2 Music/Songs of Universal, Antonio Dixon’s Muzik/EMI April Music, Christopher Matthew Music Publishing/Songs of Windswept Pacific


Darhyl “DJ” Camper, Elle Varner & Andrew “Pop” Wansel, songwriters (Elle Varner)

Track from: Perfectly Imperfect
Label: RCA Records/MBK Entertainment; Publishers: Ellevision Music/Sony ATV Songs, Private Stock Entertainment/Songs of Universal, CampStar Music/EMI April


20. Best Urban Contemporary Album


Channel Orange

Frank Ocean
Label: Def Jam


Chris Brown

Label: RCA Records

Kaleidoscope Dream

Label: RCA Records / Bystorm Entertainment


21. Best R&B Album


Black Radio

Robert Glasper Experiment

Label: Blue Note

Back To Love

Anthony Hamilton

Label: RCA Records

Write Me Back

R. Kelly

Label: RCA Records

Beautiful Surprise


Label: Plus 1 Music Group

Open Invitation


Label: Voltron Recordz


22. Best Rap Performance


N****s In Paris

Jay-Z & Kanye West

Track from: Watch The Throne
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC

HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)

Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne

Track from: Take Care
Label: Cash Money Records



Track from: Life Is Good
Label: Def Jam


Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz

Label: G.O.O.D. Music / Island Def Jam

I Do

Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000

Track from: TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition
Label: Def Jam


23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration


No Church In The Wild

Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean  & The-Dream

Track from: Watch The Throne
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC

Wild Ones

Flo Rida Featuring Sia

Track from: Wild Ones
Label: Poe Boy/Atlantic

Tonight (Best You Ever Had)

John Legend Featuring Ludacris

Label: Epic Records

Cherry Wine

Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse

Track from: Life Is Good
Label: Def Jam

Talk That Talk

Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z

Track from: Talk That Talk
Label: Def Jam


24. Best Rap Song


N****s In Paris

Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Track from: Watch The Throne
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records; Publishers: Hit-Boy Music/Very Good Beats, Hip Hop Since 1978, Dean’s List Productions, Unichappell Music


Nasir Jones & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer & Paul Leka, songwriters) (Nas)

Track from: Life Is Good
Label: Def Jam; Publishers: Rich Daily Since ’71, Universal Music Publishing, Unichappell Music

Lotus Flower Bomb

Olubowale Akintimehin, S. Joseph Dew, Jerrin Howard, Walker Johnson & Miguel Jontel Pimentel, songwriters (Wale Featuring Miguel)

Label: MMG/Warner Bros.; Publishers: WB Music/Deadstock Music/Verrin Howard/Miguel Jontel Pimentel Publishing/Fusician Publishing


Sean Anderson, Mike Dean, Tauheed Epps, Willie Hansbro, Malik Yusef Jones, Anthony Khan, Stephen Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton, Herbert Turner  & Kanye West, songwriters (Denzie Beagle, Winston Riley, Reggie Stepper & Reggie Williams, songwriters)

(Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
Label: G.O.O.D. Music; Publishers: Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood/RLFG Music/FF to Def Pub./Neighborhood Pusha/Sony ATV Songs/Ty Epps Music/Copyright Control/Roynet Music/Dub Plate Music

The Motto

Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham, Noah “40” Shebib & Tyler Williams, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne)

Track from: Take Care
Label: Cash Money Records

Young, Wild & Free

Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Hernandez & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (T. Bluechel, M. Borrow, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, N. Lee & M. Newman, songwriters) (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars)

Track from: Mac And Devin Go To High School: Music From And Inspired By The Movie
Label: Atlantic; Publishers: My Own Chit Publishing/EMI Blackwood, PGH Sound, Mars Force Music/Roc Nation Music, Toy Plane Music-Universal Music, Westside Independent, WB Music, Late 80’s Music, Beechwood Music, BMG Platinum, Rebellion Corps.


25. Best Rap Album


Take Care


Label: Cash Money Records

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

Lupe Fiasco

Label: Atlantic

Life Is Good


Label: Def Jam


The Roots

Label: Island Def Jam

God Forgives, I Don’t

Rick Ross

Label: Def Jam

Based On A T.R.U. Story

2 Chainz

Label: Island Def Jam


26. Best Country Solo Performance


Blown Away

Carrie Underwood

Track from: Blown Away
Label: 19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville


Dierks Bentley

Label: Capitol Records Nashville


Eric Church

Label: EMI Records Nashville

Cost Of Livin’

Ronnie Dunn

Label: Arista Nashville


Hunter Hayes
Track from: Hunter Hayes
Label: Atlantic


Blake Shelton

Track from: Red River Blue
Label: Warner Bros. Records


27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance



Little Big Town

Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Even If It Breaks Your Heart

Eli Young Band

Label: Republic Nashville

Safe & Sound

Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars

Label: Big Machine Records/Universal Republic

On The Outskirts Of Town

The Time Jumpers

Track from: The Time Jumpers
Label: Rounder

I Just Come Here For The Music

Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss

Label: Sugar Hill Records


28. Best Country Song


Blown Away

Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

Track from: Blown Away
Label: 19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville; Publishers: Global Dog Music/Lunalight Music, Big Loud Songs/Angel River Songs

Cost Of Livin’

Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn)

Label: Arista Nashville; Publishers: Tractor Radio Songs, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Showbilly Music

Even If It Breaks Your Heart

Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band)

Label: Republic Nashville; Publishers: Cal IV Songs/Will Hoge Music

So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore

Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson)

Label: EMI Records Nashville/ACR Records; Publishers: Alrighty Den Music, Dean-Parnell Music, Acme Nashville


Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church)

Label: EMI Records Nashville; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Sinnerlina Music/ole Purple Cape Music, Bug Music/Mamma’s Cornbread Music


29. Best Country Album



Zac Brown Band

Label: Southern Ground/Atlantic

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes
Label: Atlantic

Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran

Jamey Johnson

Label: Mercury Records

Four The Record

Miranda Lambert

Label: The RCA Records Label Nashville

The Time Jumpers

The Time Jumpers

Label: Rounder


30. Best New Age Album


Echoes Of Love

Omar Akram

Label: Real Music

Live Ananda

Krishna Das

Label: Krishna Das Music


Michael Brant DeMaria

Label: Ontos Music

Deep Alpha

Steven Halpern

Label: Steven Halpern’s Inner Peace Music

Light Body

Peter Kater

Label: Mysterium Music

Troubadours On The Rhine

Loreena McKennitt

Label: Verve


31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo


Hot House

Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists

Track from: Hot House
Label: Concord Jazz

Cross Roads

Ravi Coltrane, soloist

Track from: Spirit Fiction
Label: Blue Note

Alice In Wonderland

Chick Corea, soloist

Track from: Further Explorations (Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian)
Label: Concord Jazz

J. Mac

Kenny Garrett, soloist

Track from: Seeds From The Underground
Label: Mack Avenue Records


Brad Mehldau, soloist

Track from: Ode (Brad Mehldau Trio)
Label: Nonesuch


32. Best Jazz Vocal Album


Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding

Label: Heads Up International

Soul Shadows

Denise Donatelli

Label: Savant Records

1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project

Kurt Elling

Label: Concord Jazz


Al Jarreau (And The Metropole Orkest)

Label: Concord

The Book Of Chet

Luciana Souza

Label: Sunnyside Records


33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album


Unity Band

Pat Metheny Unity Band

Label: Nonesuch

Further Explorations

Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian

Label: Concord Jazz

Hot House

Chick Corea & Gary Burton

Label: Concord Jazz

Seeds From The Underground

Kenny Garrett

Label: Mack Avenue Records

Blue Moon

Ahmad Jamal

Label: Jazz Village


34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album


Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)

Arturo Sandoval

Label: Concord Jazz

Centennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans

Gil Evans Project

Label: ArtistShare

For The Moment

Bob Mintzer Big Band

Label: MCG Jazz


35. Best Latin Jazz Album



The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band

Label: Clare Fischer Productions/Clavo Records

Flamenco Sketches

Chano Domínguez

Label: Blue Note


Bobby Sanabria Big Band

Label: Jazzheads

Duos III

Luciana Souza

Label: Sunnyside Records

New Cuban Express

Manuel Valera New Cuban Express

Label: Mavo Records


36. Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance


10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Matt Redman

Track from: 10,000 Reasons
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

Jesus, Friend Of Sinners

Casting Crowns

Track from: Come To The Well
Label: Beach Street/Reunion Records

Take Me To The King

Tamela Mann

Label: Tillymann Music Group

Go Get It

Mary Mary

Label: Columbia Records

My Testimony

Marvin Sapp

Track from: I Win
Label: Verity Gospel Music Group


37. Best Gospel Song


Go Get It

Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary)

Label: Columbia; Publishers: EMI April Music, It’s Tea Tyme, That’s Plum Song, Wet Ink Red Music

Hold On

Cheryl Fortune, James Fortune & Terence Vaughn, songwriters (James Fortune & FIYA, Monica & Fred Hammond)

Track from: Identity
Label: Light Records/eOne Music/Fiya World

I Feel Good

Phillip Feaster, Fred Hammond, Jonathan Miller & Calvin Rodgers, songwriters (Fred Hammond)

Track from: God, Love & Romance
Label: Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: fHammond Music/Bridge Bldg Music/CJMS Music/Music Feast Productions/Jonathan Miller Publishing

My Testimony

Aaron Lindsey & Marvin Sapp, songwriters (Marvin Sapp)

Track from: I Win
Label: Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Songs/Marvin L. Sapp Music/Ardent Media


Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Bill Winston & Living Word Featuring Donald Lawrence)

Label: Source Media; Publisher: Quiet Water Ent.


38. Best Contemporary Christian Music Song


10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman, songwriters (Matt Redman)

Track from: 10,000 Reasons
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers: Thankyou Music/sixsteps Music/ Songs/Said And Done Music/Shout! Publishing


Your Presence Is Heaven

Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters (Israel & New Breed)

Track from: Jesus At The Center Live
Label: Integrity Music; Publishers: Integrity’s Praise! Music/Sound of the New Breed, Regenerate Music

Jesus, Friend Of Sinners

Mark Hall & Matthew West, songwriters (Casting Crowns)

Track from: Come To The Well
Label: Beach Street/Reunion Records

When Mercy Found Me

Jeff Pardo & Rhett Walker, songwriters (Rhett Walker Band)

Track from: Come To The River
Label: Essential Records; Publishers: Sony ATV Music, Ships In A Bottle/Simple Tense Songs

White Flag

Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Matt Redman & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Passion & Chris Tomlin)

Track from: White Flag
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers: sixsteps Music/ Songs/Vamos Publishing/Said And Done Music/Valley of the Songs Music/Sony ATV Timber Publishing/West Main Music/Windsor Hill Music/Thankyou Music


39. Best Gospel Album




Label: Reach Records


James Fortune & FIYA

Label: Light Records/eOne Music/Fiya World

Jesus At The Center Live

Israel & New Breed

Label: Integrity Music

I Win

Marvin Sapp

Label: Verity Gospel Music Group

Worship Soul

Anita Wilson

Label: EMI Gospel


40. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album


Eye On It


Label: ForeFront Records

Come To The Well

Casting Crowns

Label: Beach Street/Reunion Records

Where I Find You

Kari Jobe

Label: Sparrow Records


Britt Nicole

Label: Sparrow Records

Into The Light

Matthew West

Label: Sparrow Records


41. Best Latin Pop Album


MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition


Label: Universal Music Latino


Ricardo Arjona

Label: Metamorfosis



Label: Sony Music Latin

Kany Garcia

Kany Garcia

Label: Sony  Music

¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?

Jesse Y Joy

Label: Warner Music Latina


42. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album




Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings



Label: Bizarro Records

Déjenme Llorar

Carla Morrison

Label: Cosmica Records


Sistema Bomb

Label: Round Whirled Records

La Bala

Ana Tijoux

Label: Nacional Records


43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)


Pecados Y Milagros

Lila Downs

Label: Sony Music

Sembrando Flores

Los Cojolites

Label: Round Whirled Records

365 Días

Los Tucanes De Tijuana

Label: Fonovisa


Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

Label: Shea Records/East Side Records

El Primer Ministro

Gerardo Ortiz

Label: Sony Music Latin


44. Best Tropical Latin Album



Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña

Label: Pink Chaos Productions

Cubano Soy

Raúl Lara Y Sus Soneros

Label: Spanish Music Records

Desde Nueva York A Puerto Rico

Eddie Montalvo

Label: Señor Marcha Records

Formula Vol. 1

Romeo Santos

Label: Sony Music


45. Best Americana Album



Bonnie Raitt

Label: Redwing Records

The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers

Label: Universal Republic

From The Ground Up

John Fullbright

Label: Blue Dirt Records

The Lumineers

The Lumineers
Label: Dualtone Music Group


Mumford & Sons
Label: Glassnote


46. Best Bluegrass Album


Nobody Knows You

Steep Canyon Rangers

Label: Rounder

The Gospel Side Of

Dailey & Vincent

Label: Rounder/Cracker Barrel

Life Finds A Way

The Grascals

Label: Mountain Home Music Company

Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail

Noam Pikelny

Label: Compass Records

Scratch Gravel Road

Special Consensus

Label: Compass Records


47. Best Blues Album


Locked Down

Dr. John

Label: Nonesuch

33 1/3

Shemekia Copeland

Label: Telarc International

Let It Burn

Ruthie Foster

Label: Blue Corn Music

And Still I Rise

Heritage Blues Orchestra

Label: Raisin’ Music

Bring It On Home

Joan Osborne

Label: Saguaro Road


48. Best Folk Album


The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile

Label: Sony Classical

Leaving Eden

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Label: Nonesuch

Election Special

Ry Cooder

Label: Perro Verde/Nonesuch

Hambone’s Meditations

Luther Dickinson

Label: Songs Of The South

This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark

(Various Artists)

Shawn Camp & Tamara Saviano, producers
Label: Icehouse Music


49. Best Regional Roots Music Album


The Band Courtbouillon

Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy

Label: Valcour Records

Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)

Keola Beamer

Label: ‘Ohe Records

Shi Kéyah – Songs For The People

Radmilla Cody

Label: Canyon Records


Weldon Kekauoha

Label: ‘Ohelo Records

Nothin’ But The Best

Corey Ledet With Anthony Dopsie And André Thierry

Label: Corey Ledet


50. Best Reggae Album



Jimmy Cliff

Label: UMe/Sunpower


The Original Wailers

Label: MRG Recordings

Tomahawk Technique

Sean Paul

Label: VP/Atlantic

New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition

Sly & Robbie & The Jam Masters

Label: Mondo Tunes

Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged On Strawberry Hill

Toots And The Maytals

Label: Metropolis Recordings


51. Best World Music Album


The Living Room Sessions Part 1

Ravi Shankar

Label: East Meets West Music


Amadou & Mariam

Label: Because Music / Nonesuch

On A Gentle Island Breeze

Daniel Ho

Label: Wind Music Int’l Corp. & Daniel Ho Creations


Hugh Masekela

Label: Listen 2 Entertainmnet Group/Razor & Tie


Anoushka Shankar

Label: Deutsche Grammophon/Universal


52. Best Children’s Album


Can You Canoe?

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Label: Okee Dokee Music LLC

High Dive And Other Things That Could Have Happened…

Bill Harley

Label: Round River Records

JumpinJazz Kids – A Swinging Jungle Tale – Featuring Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws And Dee Dee Bridgewater

James Murray & Various Artists

Label: JumpinJazzKids

Little Seed: Songs For Children By Woody Guthrie

Elizabeth Mitchell

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Radio Jungle

The Pop Ups

Label: The Pop Ups


53. Best Spoken Word Album


Society’s Child: My Autobiography

Janis Ian

Label: Audible, Inc.

American Grown (Michelle Obama)

(Various Artists)

Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers
Label: Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy

Bill Clinton

Label: Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power

Rachel Maddow

Label: Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Seriously… I’m Kidding

Ellen DeGeneres

Label: Hachette Audio


54. Best Comedy Album


Blow Your Pants Off

Jimmy Fallon

Label: Warner Bros. Records/LoudMouth Entertainment

Cho Dependent (Live In Concert)

Margaret Cho

Label: Clownery Productions, Rocket Science

In God We Rust

Lewis Black

Label: Comedy Central Records

Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class

Kathy Griffin

Label: Donut Run, Inc.

Mr. Universe

Jim Gaffigan

Label: Comedy Central Records

Rize Of The Fenix

Tenacious D

Label: Columbia Records


55. Best Musical Theater Album


Once: A New Musical

Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti, principal soloists; Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe, producers (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists) (Original Broadway Cast With Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti & Others)

Label: Masterworks


Danny Burstein, Jan Maxwell, Elaine Paige, Bernadette Peters & Ron Raines, principal soloists; Philip Chaffin & Tommy Krasker, producers (Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist)

(New Broadway Cast With Danny Burstein, Jan Maxwell, Elaine Paige, Bernadette Peters, Ron Raines & Others)
Label: PS Classics

The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess

David Alan Grier, Norm Lewis & Audra McDonald, principal soloists; Tommy Krasker, producer (George Gershwin, composer; Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward & DuBose Heyward, lyricists)

(New Broadway Cast With Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Others)
Label: PS Classics


Jeremy Jordan & Kara Lindsay, principal soloists; Frank Filipetti, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken & Chris Montan, producers (Alan Menken, composer; Jack Feldman, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay & Others)

Label: Ghostlight Records/ Razor & Tie

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Matthew Broderick & Kelli O’Hara, principal soloists; David Chase, Bill Elliott & Robert Sher, producers (George Gershwin, composer; Ira Gershwin, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara & Others)

Label: Shout! Factory


56. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media


Midnight In Paris

(Various Artists)

Label: Madison Gate Records, Inc.

The Descendants

(Various Artists)

Dondi Bastone & Alexander Payne, producers
Label: Sony Classical/Fox Music


(Bob Marley & The Wailers)

Chris Blackwell & Barry Cole, producers
Label: UMe/Island/Tuff Gong

The Muppets

(Various Artists)

Kaylin Frank & Mitchell Leib, producers
Label: Walt Disney Records

Rock Of Ages

(Various Artists)

Adam Anders & Peer Astrom, producers
Label: WaterTower Music


57. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers

Label: Null/Madison Gate

The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn

John Williams, composer

Label: Sony Classical

The Artist

Ludovic Bource, composer

Label: Sony Classical

The Dark Knight Rises

Hans Zimmer, composer

Label: WaterTower Music


Howard Shore, composer

Label: Howe Records


Austin Wintory, composer

Label: Sony Computer Entertainment America


58. Best Song Written For Visual Media


Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games)

T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, songwriters

(Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars)
Label: Big Machine Records/Universal Republic; Publishers: Sony ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music, Sensibility Songs, Absurd Music, Shiny Happy Music, Baffle Music, Henry Burnett Music

Abraham’s Daughter (From The Hunger Games)

T Bone Burnett, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne, songwriters (Arcade Fire)

Label: Universal Republic; Publishers: Régine Chassagne, Absurd Music, Win Butler, Henry Burnett Music, Baffle Music

Learn Me Right (From Brave)

Mumford & Sons, songwriters (Birdy & Mumford & Sons)

Label: Walt Disney Records/Pixar; Publisher: Pixar Talking Pictures

Let Me Be Your Star (From Smash)

Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, songwriters (Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty)

Label: Columbia; Publishers: Winding Brook Way Music, Walli Woo Entertainment

Man Or Muppet (From The Muppets)

Bret McKenzie, songwriter (Jason Segel & Walter)

Label: Walt Disney; Publisher: Fuzzy Muppet Songs


59. Best Instrumental Composition


Mozart Goes Dancing

Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)

Track from: Hot House
Label: Concord Jazz

December Dream

Chuck Loeb, composer (Fourplay)

Track from: Esprit De Four
Label: Heads Up International

Music Of Ansel Adams: America

Chris Brubeck & Dave Brubeck, composers (Temple University Symphony Orchestra)

Label: BCM&D Records

Overture, Waltz And Rondo

Bill Cunliffe, composer (Temple University Symphony Orchestra)

Label: BCM&D Records

Without A Paddle

Bill Holman, composer (Tall & Small)

Track from: High On You
Label: Bosco Records


60. Best Instrumental Arrangement


How About You

Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)

Track from: Centennial – Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans
Label: ArtistShare

Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite For Ellington

Michael Philip Mossman, arranger (Bobby Sanabria Big Band)

Track from: Multiverse
Label: Jazzheads


Bob Mintzer, arranger (Bob Mintzer Big Band)

Track from: For The Moment
Label: MCG Jazz

A Night In Tunisia (Actually An Entire Weekend!)

Wally Minko, arranger (Arturo Sandoval)

Track from: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)
Label: Concord Jazz

Salt Peanuts! (Mani Salado)

Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Arturo Sandoval)

Track from: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)
Label: Concord Jazz


61. Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)


City Of Roses

Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)

Track from: Radio Music Society
Label: Heads Up International

Look To The Rainbow

Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project and Luciana Souza)

Track from: Centennial – Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans
Label: ArtistShare

Out There

Shelly Berg, arranger (Lorraine Feather)

Track from: Tales Of The Unusual
Label: Jazzed Media

Spain (I Can Recall)

Vince Mendoza, arranger (Al Jarreau And The Metropole Orkest)

Track from: Live
Label: Concord Records

Wild Is The Wind

Nan Schwartz, arranger (Whitney Claire Kaufman)

Track from: The Greatest Film Scores Of Dimitri Tiomkin
Label: LSO Live


62. Best Recording Package



Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors (Björk)

Label: One Little Indian / Nonesuch

Boys & Girls

Brett Kilroe, art director (Alabama Shakes)

Label: ATO Records


Gail Marowitz, art director (Aimee Mann)

Label: SuperEgo Records

Love This Giant

Noah Wall, art director (David Byrne & St. Vincent)

Label: 4AD

Swing Lo Magellan

David Longstreth, art director (Dirty Projectors)

Label: Domino Recording Company


63. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package


Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

Fritz Klaetke, art director (Woody Guthrie)

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)

Rob Sheridan, art director (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)

Label: Null/Madison Gate Records

Go Fly A Kite

Kate Iltis, Ben Kweller, Liz Kweller, Erin Mayes, art directors (Ben Kweller)

Label: The Noise Company

Ram – Paul McCartney Archive Collection (Deluxe Edition)

Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul And Linda McCartney)

Label: Hear Music

Some Girls: Super Deluxe Edition

Stephen Kennedy & Jimmy Tilley, art directors (The Rolling Stones)

Label: UMe/Universal Republic


64. Best Album Notes


Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles

Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)

Label: Concord

Banjo Diary: Lessons From Tradition

Stephen Wade, album notes writer (Stephen Wade)

Label: Smithsonian Folkways

First Recordings: 50th Anniversary Edition

Hans Olof Gottfridsson, album notes writer (The Beatles With Tony Sheridan)

Label: Time Life

The Pearl Sessions

Holly George-Warren, album notes writer (Janis Joplin)

Label: Columbia/Legacy

Piazzolla In Brooklyn

Fernando Gonzalez, album notes writer (Pablo Aslan Quintet)

Label: Soundbrush


65. Best Historical Album


The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)

Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett, mastering engineer (The Beach Boys)

Label: Capitol Records

He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul Of Arizona Dranes

Josh Rosenthal, compilation producer; Bryan Hoffa & Christopher King, mastering engineers (Arizona Dranes)

Label: Tompkins Square

Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads, And Instrumentals Recorded In The Great Smoky Mountains By “Song Catcher” Joseph S. Hall

Kent Cave, Michael Montgomery & Ted Olson, compilation producers; John Fleenor & Steve Kemp, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

Label: Great Smoky Mountains Association

Opika Pende: Africa At 78 RPM

Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward, compilation producers; Michael Graves,

mastering engineer (Various Artists)
Label: Dust-to-Digital

Ram – Paul McCartney Archive Collection (Deluxe Edition)

Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Simon Gibson, Guy Massey & Steve Rooke,

mastering engineers (Paul And Linda McCartney)
Label: MPL/Hear Music/Concord

Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering

engineer (Woody Guthrie)
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings


66. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical


The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Richard King, engineer; Richard King, mastering engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile)

Label: Sony Classical

The Absence

Moogie Canazio & Al Schmitt, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Melody Gardot)

Label: Verve/Decca

Ashes & Fire

Glyn Johns, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Ryan Adams)

Label: Capitol

Love Is A Four Letter Word

Joe Chiccarelli, Steve Churchyard, Lars Fox, Graham Hope, Tony Maserati & Morgan Stratton, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Jason Mraz)

Label: Atlantic


Helik Hadar, engineer; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Rebecca Pidgeon)

Label: Decca/Toy Canteen Records


67. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical


Dan Auerbach

  • El Camino (The Black Keys) (A)
  • Locked Down (Dr. John) (A)
  • Savage (Hacienda) (S)
  • Shakedown (Hacienda) (A)

Jeff Bhasker

  • Some Nights (Fun.) (A)


  • Climax (Usher) (T)
  • Get Free (Major Lazer Featuring Amber Coffman) (S)
  • La La La (Snoop Lion) (S)
  • Lies (Marina And The Diamonds) (T)
  • Look At These Hoes (Santigold) (T)
  • Push And Shove (No Doubt Featuring Busy Signal & Major Lazer) (T)
  • Slight Work (Wale Featuring Big Sean) (T)
  • Thought Of You (Justin Bieber) (T)
  • Too Close (Alex Clare) (T)

Markus Dravs

  • Babel (Mumford & Sons) (A)
  • Mylo Xyloto (Coldplay) (A)

Salaam Remi

  • Back To Love (Anthony Hamilton) (T)
  • Between The Cheats (Amy Winehouse) (T)
  • Girl On Fire (Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj) (S)
  • How Many Drinks? (Miguel) (T)
  • Life Is Good (Nas) (A)
  • Like Smoke (Amy Winehouse Featuring Nas) (T)
  • Running (Melanie Fiona Featuring Nas) (T)
  • Sins Of My Father (Usher) (T)
  • A Song For You (Amy Winehouse) (T)


68. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical


Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)

Skrillex, remixer (Nero)

Joseph Ray, Skrillex & Daniel Stephens, remixers
Label: Cherry Tree/Interscope

In My Mind (Axwell Remix)

Axel Hedfors, remixer (Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Featuring  Georgi Kay)

Label: Neon Records/Axtone/Big Beat Records

Lie Down In Darkness (Photek Remix)

Photek, remixer (Moby)

Track from: Destroyed Remixed
Label: Little Idiot

Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)

Eric Prydz, remixer (M83)

Label: Mute

The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix)

Thomas Olsen, remixer (Deadmau5 Featuring Chris James)

Label: Ultra Music


69. Best Surround Sound Album


Modern Cool

Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber)

Label: Premonition Records


David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; David Miles Huber, surround mastering engineer; David Miles Huber, surround producer (David Miles Huber)

Label: llc

Quiet Winter Night

Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Hoff Ensemble)

Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)


Daniel Shores, surround mix engineer; Daniel Shores, surround mastering engineer; Marina Ledin & Victor Ledin, surround producers (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet)

Label: Sono Luminus

Storm Corrosion

Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Steven Wilson, surround mastering

engineer; Steven Wilson, surround producer (Storm Corrosion)
Label: Roadrunner Records


70. Best Engineered Album, Classical


Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen

Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)

Label: Chandos


Daniel Shores, engineer; Daniel Shores, mastering engineer (Modern Mandolin Quartet)

Label: Sono Luminus

Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Op. 127 & 131

Bruce Egre, engineer (Brentano String Quartet)

Label: Aeon

Music For A Time Of War

Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Brayman, mastering engineer (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony)

Label: PentaTone Classics


Morten Lindberg, engineer; Morten Lindberg, mastering engineer (TrondheimSolistene)

Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)


71. Producer Of The Year, Classical


Blanton Alspaugh

  • Chamber Symphonies (Gregory Wolynec & Gateway Chamber Orchestra)
  • Davis: Río De Sangre (Joseph Rescigno, Vale Rideout, Ava Pine, John Duykers, Kerry Walsh, Guido LeBron, The Florentine Opera Company & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
  • Gjeilo: Northern Lights (Charles Bruffy & Phoenix Chorale)
  • In Paradisum (Brian A. Schmidt & South Dakota Chorale)
  • Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)
  • Music For A Time Of War (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony)
  • Musto: The Inspector (Glen Cortese & Wolf Trap Opera Company)

Tim Handley

  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Leonard Slatkin & Orchestre National De Lyon)
  • Debussy: Orchestral Works, Vol. 7 (Jun Märkl & Orchestre National De Lyon)
  • Debussy: 24 Préludes (Jun Märkl & Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
  • Fuchs, K.: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinium Mysterium (JoAnn Falletta, Paul Silverthorne, Michael Ludwig & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F; Rhapsody No. 2; I Got Rhythm Variations (Orion Weiss, JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Hailstork: An American Port Of Call (JoAnn Falletta, Virginia Symphony Chorus & Virginia Symphony Orchestra)
  • Holst: Cotswolds Symphony; Walt Whitman Overture (JoAnn Falletta & Ulster Orchestra)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Marin Alsop & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
  • Roussel: Le Festin De L’Araignée (Stéphane Denève & Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
  • Still: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (John Jeter & Fort Smith Symphony)

Marina Ledin, Victor Ledin

  • Americana (Modern Mandolin Quartet)
  • Brubeck & American Poets (Lynne Morrow & Pacific Mozart Ensemble)
  • Delibes: Sylvia; Coppélia (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)
  • Mind Meld (ZOFO Duet)
  • Rupa-Khandha (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet)
  • Weigl: Isle Of The Dead; Six Fantasies; Pictures & Tales; Night Fantasies (Joseph Banowetz)

James Mallinson

  • Britten: War Requiem (Gianandrea Noseda, Joseph Cullen, Alastair Tighe, Choir Of Eltham College, London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra)
  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (Bernard Haitink & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • The Greatest Film Scores Of Dimitri Tiomkin (Richard Kaufman, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Andrew Playfoot, London Voices & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Massenet: Don Quichotte (Valery Gergiev, Andrei Serov, Anna Kiknadze, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Soloists’ Ensemble Of The Mariinsky Academy Of Young Singers & Mariinsky Orchestra)
  • Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (Valery Gergiev & London Symphony Orchestra)

Dan Merceruio

  • Arensky: Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Quintet, Op. 51 (Ying Quartet)
  • Brasileiro – Works Of Francisco Mignone (Cuarteto Latinoamericano)
  • Change Of Worlds (Ensemble Galilei)
  • The Complete Harpsichord Works Of Rameau (Jory Vinikour)
  • Critical Models – Chamber Works Of Mohammed Fairouz (Various Artists)
  • The Kernis Project: Schubert (Jasper String Quartet)
  • Le Bestiaire (Celine Ricci)
  • Scarlatti: La Dirindina & Pur Nel Sonno (Matthew Dirst & Ars Lyrica Houston)
  • Two Lutes – Lute Duets From England’s Golden Age (Ronn McFarlane & William Simms)
  • Weill-Ibert-Berg (Timothy Muffitt & Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players)


72. Best Orchestral Performance


Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)

Label: SFS Media

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Iván Fischer, conductor (Budapest Festival Orchestra)

Label: Channel Classics

Music For A Time Of War

Carlos Kalmar, conductor (Oregon Symphony)

Label: PentaTone Classics

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Valery Gergiev, conductor (London Symphony Orchestra)

Label: LSO Live

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5

Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)

Label: BIS


73. Best Opera Recording


Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen

James Levine & Fabio Luisi, conductors; Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera  Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Berg: Lulu

Michael Boder, conductor; Paul Groves, Ashley Holland, Julia Juon & Patricia Petibon; Johannes Müller, producer (Symphony Orchestra Of The Gran Teatre Del Liceu)

Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Handel: Agrippina

René Jacobs, conductor; Marcos Fink, Sunhae Im, Bejun Mehta, Alexandrina Pendatchanska & Jennifer Rivera (Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin)

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor; Topi Lehtipuu, Miah Persson & Matthew Rose; Jean Chatauret, producer (London Philharmonic Orchestra; Glyndebourne Chorus)

Label: Opus Arte

Vivaldi: Teuzzone

Jordi Savall, conductor; Delphine Galou, Paolo Lopez, Roberta Mameli, Raffaella Milanesi & Furio Zanasi, Jordi Savall & Manuel Mohino, producers (Le Concert Des Nations)

Jordi Savall, conductor; Delphine Galou, Paolo Lopez, Roberta Mameli, Raffaella Milanesi & Furio Zanasi, Jordi Savall & Manuel Mohino, producers (Le Concert Des Nations)
Label: Naïve Classique


74. Best Choral Performance


Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen

Charles Bruffy, conductor (Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill & Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale)

Label: Chandos

Handel: Israel In Egypt

Julian Wachner, conductor (Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Trinity Choir Wall Street)

Label: Musica Omnia

Ligeti: Requiem; Apparitions; San Francisco Polyphony

Peter Eötvös, conductor (Barbara Hannigan & Susan Parry; WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln; SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart & WDR Rundfunkchor Köln)

Label: BMC

The Nightingale

Stephen Layton, conductor (Michala Petri; Danish National Vocal Ensemble)

Label: OUR Recordings

Striggio: Mass For 40 & 60 Voices

Hervé Niquet, conductor (Le Concert Spirituel)

Label: Glossa


75. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance



Eighth Blackbird

Label: Cedille Records


Modern Mandolin Quartet

Label: Sono Luminus

Mind Meld


Label: Sono Luminus

Profanes Et Sacrées

Boston Symphony Chamber Players

Label: BSO Classics


Los Angeles Percussion Quartet

Label: Sono Luminus


76. Best Classical Instrumental Solo


Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola

Kim Kashkashian

Label: ECM New Series

Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier

András Schiff

Label: ECM New Series

The Complete Harpsichord Works Of Rameau

Jory Vinikour

Label: Sono Luminus

Gál & Elgar: Cello Concertos

Claudio Cruz, conductor; Antonio Meneses (Northern Sinfonia)

Label: AVIE Records

Holst: The Planets

Hansjörg Albrecht

Label: Oehms Classics


77. Best Classical Vocal Solo



Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert & Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National De France & Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France)

Label: Decca Records

Debussy: Clair De Lune

Natalie Dessay (Henri Chalet; Philippe Cassard, Karine Deshayes & Catherine Michel; Le Jeune Coeur De Paris)

Label: Virgin Classics

Homecoming – Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato (Michael Stern; Kansas City Symphony)

Label: Kansas City Symphony

Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Ute Lemper (Stefan Malzew & Vogler Quartet)

Label: Steinway & Sons

Sogno Barocco

Anne Sofie Von Otter (Leonardo García Alarcón; Sandrine Piau & Susanna Sundberg; Ensemble Cappella Mediterranea)

Label: Naïve Classique


78. Best Classical Compendium


Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis

Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, producers

Label: Naxos

Partch: Bitter Music

Partch, ensemble; John Schneider, producer

Label: Bridge Records, Inc.

Une Fête Baroque

Emmanuelle Haïm, conductor; Daniel Zalay, producer

Label: Virgin Classics


79. Best Contemporary Classical  Composition


Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile – Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays

Stephen Hartke, composer (Eighth Blackbird)

Track from: Meanwhile
Label: Cedille Records

León, Tania: Inura For Voices, Strings & Percussion

Tania León, composer (Tania León, Son Sonora Voices, DanceBrazil Percussion & Son Sonora Ensemble)

Track from: In Motion
Label: Albany Records

Praulins, Ugis: The Nightingale

Ugis Praulins, composer (Stephen Layton, Michala Petri & Danish National Vocal Ensemble)

Track from: The Nightingale
Label: OUR Recordings

Rautavaara, Einojuhani: Cello Concerto No. 2 ‘Towards The Horizon’

Einojuhani Rautavaara, composer (Truls Mørk, John Storgårds & Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)

Track from: Rautavaara: Modificata; Percussion Concerto ‘Incantations’; Cello Concerto No. 2 ‘Towards The Horizon’
Label: Ondine

Stucky, Steven: August 4, 1964

Steven Stucky, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist (Jaap Van Zweden, Dallas Symphony Chorus & Orchestra)

Label: DSO Live


80. Best Short Form Music Video


We Found Love

Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris

Melina Matsoukas, video director; Juliette Larthe, Ben Sullivan, Candice Ouaknine & Inga Veronique video producers
Label: Def Jam


Foster The People

Daniels, video directors; Gaetano Crupi, Saul Levitz & Candice Ovaknine video producers
Label: Columbia

No Church In The Wild

Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean  & The-Dream

Romain Gavras, video director; Mourad Belkeddar, video producer
Label: Def Jam

Bad Girls


Romain Gavras, video director; Romain Gavras, video producer
Label: N.E.E.T./Interscope

Run Boy Run


Yoann Lemoine, video director; Roman Pichon, video producer
Label: Green United Music


81. Best Long Form Music Video


Big Easy Express

Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show

Emmett Malloy, video director; Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch, video producers
Label: S2BN Films

Bring Me Home – Live 2011


Sophie Muller, video director; Roger Davies, Grant Jue & Sophie Muller, video producers
Label: Epic

Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding

Pilar Sanz, video director; Esperanza Spalding, video producer
Label: Heads Up International/Montuno Producciones/Esperanza Spalding Productions

Get Along

Tegan & Sara

SDanny O’Malley, Salazar & Elinor Svoboda, video directors; Nick Blasko, Piers Henwood, Sara Quin & Tegan Quin, video producers
Label: Warner Bros.

From The Sky Down


Davis Guggenheim, video director; Belisa Balaban, Brian Celler, Davis Guggenheim& Ted Skillman, video producers
Label: UMe/Interscope/UMG/Mercury

Gordon Stoker & Elvis, May 28th 1966 at the ‘How Great Thou Art’ session

Gordon Stoker lived to be 88 years old.  He died at his home in Brentwood, TN.

Stoker was a native of Gleason, Tennessee, where he grew up in a musical family.

1st there was the “Foggy River Boys”.  When Gordon Stoker replaced Bob Money as the pianist a new group was formed named the “Melodizing Matthews”.  The group was based in Springfield, Missouri. 

The Melodizing Matthews soon changed their name to The Jordanaires, after Jordan Creek in Missouri—not after the Jordan River, as many have thought.

Gordon Stroker was a tenor singer for the Jordanaires from 1951 to 2013.

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Sara Serpa . Ran Blake – Album – Aurora




Date = 28 March 2013

Artist Name = Sara Serpa and Ran Blake 

Genre = Jazz

Title = Aurora

Record Company = Clean Feed







Review = The Portuguese singer Sara Serpa became active on the American jazz scene in 2008.  That year, when she received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, she recorded with Greg Osby and led her initial session, released as Praia. Subsequently, she recorded a duet album, Camera Obscura, with pianist Ran Blake, and released her second CD as leader, Mobile.  Recorded in Lisbon in May 2012, Aurora is another session with Blake.

            Praising her originality, daringness, clarity of voice, and ability to sing as an instrumentalist, critics rave about Serpa. Without question, she is daring in her willingness to sing with Blake, one of the most idiosyncratic musicians, and her voice is clear.  She is original at least in the sense that her voice is immediately identifiable.  I cannot tell from the music on Auroa whether her singing resembles the playing of an instrumentalist, whatever this means.  These qualities are positive and warrant praise. She also possesses another quality: uncertain intonation.  She is not the first singer to have this problem: Anita O’Day comes immediately to mind, as does Chris Connor, a favorite of Blake.  Yet these singers’ occasional inability to stay on pitch was not as frequent or severe as Serpa’s, and they had compensating qualities that Serpa lacks.  Occasionally, she reminds me of Jo Stafford, as Darlene Edwards, parodying inferior singers.  Does wavering intonation detract from Serpa’s singing?  To me, it detracts because it distracts.  This is not to say that in order to sing convincingly a singer need be formal and “correct” and must not take liberties.  In the end, I believe that Serpa’s sometimes imperfect intonation (as on “Love Lament” and “Wende”) is worth enduring in order to enjoy her other qualities, the ability to convey meaning paramount among them.     

            As should be expected on a CD involving Blake, the selections reflect his interests, including movies, and his interpretations of familiar tunes are always fresh.  On the current release, he chose “The Band Played On” because of its appearance in the movie Strangers on a Train; “Dr. Mabuse,” because it is played in Fritz Lang’s film of the same name.  “Last Night When We Were Young,” the sole standard ballad, is moving in its deliberate tempo and nuance.  “Cansaço” is a fado.  Serpa does not sing on “Mahler Noir,” on which Blake, the composer, segues into “Dancing in the Dark.”  Serpa sings “Strange Fruit” a cappella.  Despite taking great liberties with it, she remains on key until intentionally wavering at the end, in the manner of Billie Holiday.  One wonders, though, how meaningful the lyrics are to this Portuguese who has resided in the United States for only a few years. 

            In sum, the music of Serpa and Blake is more exploratory than polished, and this, to me, is a major positive.   Individualists, the musicians take chances while striving for valid musical expression in an unexpected manner.  They succeed in doing so.


Author = Benjamin Franklin V


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Easton Corbin – All Over The Road



Artist: Easton Corbin

Album: “All Over the Road

Genre: Country Music

Easton Corbin’s sophomore album, “All Over the Road,” was released back in September, 2012.  By this time, all of his fans know the songs “Lovin’ You is Fun” and the album’s title track, “All Over the Road.” These two songs were released as singles, and both did well both on radio, and on the country charts.
But there are nine additional songs on this new CD that Easton’s fans are going to want to know about. As you will see from the list of song titles and the writers for each song, Easton does more than sing on this new album. He had a hand in writing two of the songs.
The first and second tracks are his the two he’s already released, All Over the Road (Carson Chamberlain, Ashley Gorley, Wade Kriby); and Lovin’ You is Fun (Jim Beavers, Bob DiPiero).  The nine that follow are That’s Gonna Leave a Memory (Tony Martin, Mark Nesler, Roger Springer); Hearts Drawn in the Sand (Michael White, Jason Saenz); Dance Real Slow (Carson Chamberlain, Ashley Gorley, Wade Kriby); A Thing for You (Easton Corbin, Carson Chamberlain, Tony Lane); Are You With Me (Tommy Lee James, Terry McBride, Shane McAnally); This Feels A Lot Like Love (Easton Corbin, Carson Chamberlain, Mark D. Sanders); Only A Girl (Carson Chamberlain, Wade Kirby, Will Nance); Tulsa, Texas Tony Lane, Mike Lane, David Lee); and I Think of You (Thom Shepherd, Jeff Silvey).
Since Easton first released “A Little More Country Than That,” back in 2009, people have been comparing his voice to George Strait. In fact, when hearing his debut single for the first time, a lot of folks thought it was actually an old George Strait song, and that George was singing it. While that is an easy comparison to make, you will hear a lot this new CD that is unmistakably Easton. “Only A Girl,” however, is the one on the new album that instantly reminds the listener of George.
 “A Thing for You,” is one Easton had a hand in writing. It is one of my favorites on this album, with the kind of lyrics that make you want to listen, and not miss even one word. ‘Farmers farm and painters paint, God is good, and the devil ain’t… Summers hot and sidewalks crack, don’t ask me why it goes like that…” You’ve made your point, Easton, it just doesn’t get any more country than that.
“Are You With Me,” the albums sixth track, does slow things way down for listeners. I know country music fans pay a lot of attention to lyrics. I go to concerts, I hear them singing along. This is one I am sure they will play close attention to, and they will remember the words.
Things speed back up with “This Feels A Lot Like Love.” When that song starts, you are probably going to want to get out of your seat, start clapping your hands, and you will most likely want to sing along. It is the kind of song that works for Easton, and I believe it would make a good single.
The Florida native has a lot to say in this album. He has a good mix of strong ballads and more than likeable mid-tempo music. Whoever put the songs in order for the CD ended with “I Think of You.” This slow song with its romantic lyrics definitely made it the right song for the final spot on the album.
Even though is first single made it to No. 1 on the country music charts, he seems to have a more confident sound now than when his career first began. He has definitely found his place in country music, and it looks like he will be part of the industry for many years to come.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to see Easton in concert, you can keep up with his show schedule on his web site His web site will also point you in the direction of his facebook and Twitter account. Whenever you have time to catch up on country music news, visit us at

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James Meadows – Keepin’ It Real

Real country music in our own back yard

Great country music doesn’t only come out of Nashville. If you stop and look around, you just might find some of the best country music within an hour drive from home. Here in Northeast Tennessee, we didn’t have to go very far to find James Meadows. He recently released his second album, “Keepin’ It Real.” I first met James at the Washington County Fair, but never had the opportunity to see him perform until I caught one of his shows in Bristol, a few months ago.

The Abingdon, Va., resident is an ASCAP affiliated singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist. While James was in college, he was involved with the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program. He played in many bands, featuring top notch talent from all over the world. He also played in many different band combinations, performing both bluegrass and country.

This very talented local artist brings great country music to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia with live shows just about every weekend. While his shows are often acoustic performances, he also works with his full band, The Country Mile Drifters. James is a fun performer. He has a lot of energy, and knows how to work with his audience, making it impossible for anyone not to have a good time.

His new CD, “Keepin’ It Real” is now available at amazon.comThe 11 songs on the new album paint a very good picture of who James is, and exactly what he does. Joining other very talented songwriters, James wrote or co-wrote several of the songs on the CD. In addition to the original music, listeners will also hear his version of the Randy Travis classic, “Forever and Ever Amen.”

His live shows offer a variety of music from many different genres. When you see James on on stage, you can expect to hear Classic Country, New Top 40 Country, a little Southern Rock and Bluegrass, and some of his original music as well. Oh his album, “Keepin’ It Real,” however, James does just that. He keeps his songs ‘real’ country. His voice is very versatile, and he uses his talent to create a unique sound on every song he sings. Many times when listening to a new song on the radio, you might find yourself trying to figure out exactly who the artist sounds like. There isn’t any comparison with James. James Meadows sounds like James Meadows. He is who he is, and there is no attempt at wanting to sound like anyone else. He doesn’t need to. After you hear him sing for the first time, you will remember where that voice is coming from when the next James Meadows song is played.

The songs you’ll get on this album are Like A Radio, Somebody Up There Likes Me, I Get to, Forever and Ever Amen, All I Ever Wanted, Knock Knock, They Walk On Your Heart, Keepin’ It Real, Feelin’ Good, Sad Songs Make Me Smile, and People Need People.

There is something for everyone on this CD. “All I Ever Wanted” is for the romantics; “They Walk on Your Heart” will touch every parent; “I Get To” will make each of us think about what is really important in our life; “People Need People” pretty much tells us what we already know, about getting through every day with someone close by to help us; and “Somebody Up There Likes Me” wins the prize for the ‘catchy melody, sing-along with this one’ song out of the 11 on the new CD.

The first single release from the new album, “Like A Radio,” made the Music Row Charts and charted in the Top 80 in February, with the help of the promotional team from ATP Records in Nashville. James is currently gearing up to release another single from this album and he is songwriting again in preparation for another album that will be in the works over the next few months.

James has shows scheduled for Davinci’s in Abingdon, Va.; Louie’s in Glade Spring, Va.; The Country Club and State Line Bar and Grill, both located in Bristol; and Sportsman Marina in Abingdon. You can find out more about James, check all of his show dates, and listen to his music at

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Stonewall Jackson recorded live at The Grand Ole Opry

Music Charts Magazine Celebrity Interview with Grand Ole Opry Star Stonewall Jackson ( by Big Al Weekley )

Stonewall Jackson (born November 6, 1932) is an American country singer and musician who achieved his greatest fame during country’s “golden” honky tonk era in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Stonewall is not a nickname; he was named after (and claimed to be a descendant of) the Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. His father died when he was two and his mother moved the family to South Georgia. Jackson grew up there working on his uncle’s farm. Jackson enlisted in the Navy in 1950 and was discharged in 1954. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1956.

Jackson became the first artist to join the Grand Ole Opry before obtaining a recording contract. He toured with Ernest Tubb, who became his mentor. Jackson signed to Columbia Records and debuted in 1958 with “Don’t Be Angry”. The song did not score in the country music top 40, but it got him recognition.

His breakthrough came in the country Top 40 in late 1958, with a song written by a young George Jones, “Life to Go”. It peaked at No. 2 in early 1959 and his follow-up record, “Waterloo”, was No. 1

Stonewall Jackson in the late 1950’s

for five weeks and crossed over into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it reached No. 4. The track also reached No. 24 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1959.  It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

From 1958 to 1971, Jackson had 35 Top 40 country hits. Along with Ray Price, Jackson is considered a cornerstone, after Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell, of the hard-driving honky tonk sound in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

People who watch what we refer to as reality television might remember Kacey Musgraves from the former USA Network show, Nashville Star. Kacey was a contestant during Season Five, back in 2007, and finished in seventh place. Recently, however, she caught the attention of country music fans with the release of her debut single, “Merry Go ‘Round.” It’s not just listeners who like what they are hearing from Kacey, it is the program directors and station managers at the top country music radio stations nation-wide. Her single is sitting in the No. 11 spot on country music’s Top 40 Chart, and Kacey is ready to introduce the world to more of her music music, with the release of her first album. 

Available in now, the new album is titled “Same Trailer, Different Park”, which incidentally is a line from her current single, Merry Go ‘Round. While today is the official release date for the CD, I had the pleasure of listening to this album a few weeks ago. And I don’t mind telling you, I listened more than once.

Kacey co-wrote all of the songs on the new album, which was produced by Shane McAnally. The 12 songs on the debut album are: Silver Lining, My House, Merry Go ‘Round, Dandelion, Blowin’ Smoke, I Miss You, Step Off, Back on the Map, Keep it to Yourself, Stupid, Follow Your Arrow, and It Is What It Is. While a few of the songs remind me of something I just heard on the album, every one of them is unique in its own way. From the story it tells to the melody and instrumentation, there is something unmistakeably ”Kacey’ in everything “Same Trailer, Different Park” has to offer.

The songs on this new album are mostly what I could call ‘mid-tempo’. They aren’t super fast, and they aren’t ballads either. “Stupid” is one of the fastest. And oddly enough, it’s my least favorite of the 12 tracks. That said, I really like “Follow Your Arrow,” and it’s also a little faster, so my problem isn’t with fast vs. slow here. I am certain that every country music fan who hears this album is going to enjoy what Kacey has done with it. When I got done listening to the album for the first time, it left me wanting to see Kacey Musgraves in concert. So, if that was one of the goals of the CD – goal accomplished!

This 24-year-old Texas native is a real story-teller. Whether it is the waitresses in the diner talking about bigger dreams in “Blowin’ Smoke,” or descriptions she gives of seeing the world from inside her mobile home in the song, “My House,” there is a story being told that everyone is going to want to hear. She has a way of telling us how she sees life using words that most of us would not think of, but yet we understand exactly what she’s talking about. It takes a special talent to find the right words to express their thoughts, and be able to create a feeling. Kacey Musgraves can do that. The words tell stories, the melodies are catchy, and every time one song comes to an end, you are anxiously waiting for the next one to begin.

I don’t think there’s much in life that Kacey has missed. Not much she hasn’t noticed. She reminds me of a person who could ask how you do something, just as easily as she could tell someone ‘that’s how it’s done.’ I don’t have to know her to know that I like the way she seems to look at life. Everything she has ever seen or done seems to come through in her music.

Kacey has been busy throughout her career. She has already been on tour with Lady Antebellum, and she wrote “Mama’s Broken Heart” for Miranda Lambert.  She is nominated for Top New Female Artist, Top Female Vocalist, and Music Video of the Year-Merry Go ‘Round, at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be televised live on Sunday, April 7, at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Currently on tour with Kenny Chesney, Kacey has a calendar full of upcoming shows that you can view when you visit her web site You can also follow her on Twitter @KaceyMusgraves. Be sure to visit Country’s Chatter, too, where you can find all the latest news from Nashville, view videos, and even enter contests to win CDs, t-shirts, and other great prizes from up-and-coming artists, as well as some of biggest names in country music. The web address is , and follow us on Twitter @countryschatter.


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