Esperanza Spalding of NYC, completed her Emily’s D+Evolution tour with bandmates Matthew Stevens ’04 and Emily Elbert ’11. Spalding was recently nominated for a position at the National Council on the Arts. Visit esperanzaspalding.com.
Shantell Ogden of Nashville, TN, received Songwriter of the Year and Americana Song of the Year awards from the International Music and Entertainment Association for “Ghosts in the Field.” Visit shantellogden.com.
Khari Allen Lee of New Orleans, LA, released Our Great Awakening, his second album as leader, with the New Creation Collective, featuring Michael Pellera ’76. He also appeared on Dr. John’s recent release Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch, and on DeeDee Bridgewater’s release with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Dee Dee’s Feathers. He toured with her in Europe, Africa and Australia. Visit khariallenlee.com.
Melinda Colaizzi of Pittsburgh, PA, and Kristian Habenicht ’05 released a video for their song “Keeper of the Flame.” The song won the 2015 WYEP-FM/Dos Equis songwriting contest. Visit listentomelinda.com.