She released the more pop/soul-driven Radio Music Society in the year 2012, and has performed in the Oscars.
Raised by her mother, Spalding was homeschooled for much of her youth and, inspired by Yo-Yo Ma, taught herself the best way to play violin. She joined her home state’s Chamber Music Society as a youth, reaching a concertmaster place by her teenagers.
In high school, Spalding also started to find out the best way to play the double bass, opening the approach to jazz types and performing together with the group Noise for Pretend. She earned her GED and attended Portland State University prior to making her approach to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, earning her degree in 3 years and becoming area of the faculty in the age of 20.
Spalding released her debut record Junjo on the Barcelona, Spain label Ayva in 2006. The mostly instrumental group showcased Spalding’s powerful musicianship, as well as that of Francisco Mela (drums) and Aruan Ortiz (piano). Her next record, Esperanza, came forth in 2008 on Heads Up Records. The offering featured Spalding on vocals at the same time and was a bestselling international chart topper with nods to the Latin and African Diasporas, including Brazil, earning much fanfare from jazz buffs and critics alike.
Spalding subsequently made music history in 2011 by winning Best New Artist in the Grammys, becoming the very first jazz musician to do this.
“The primary way where the Grammy has altered my life is the fact that I keep getting asked the way the Grammy has altered my entire life.”
2012 found the musician release Radio Music Society, a company record to its forerunner. Both records reached the very top of the Billboard jazz charts.
She was part of the all-girls group headed by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington for her 2011 record The Mosaic Project, which won a Grammy. As of 2014, Spalding herself has also won added Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Album (Radio Music Society) and for the tune “City of Roses.”
In 2013 Spalding released the song and video “We’re America,” with appearances produced by Harry Belafonte and Janelle Mone. The job calls for the closure of the U.S.’s Guantanamo Bay prison facility.