Esperanza Spalding's 77 Hour Exposure

#Growns in case you missed it last week Esperanza Spalding recorded her latest project Exposure during a 77 hour live feed. This makes Exposure the first album ever created entirely on Facebook Live. The 7,777 CD's slated for release sold out shortly thereafter. This is the now and the future. Why do I state that so boldly? With Exposure Esperanza has tapped into a place where our collective consciousness is evolving to: true authenticity.

Esperanza states "Today's world has a way of teaching us that who we are is not good enough as it is. It tells us that we're better when we look our best. And that as artists, our work requires polish before it can be seen." I often discuss this very idea with family and friends. We live in a world full of "reality shows" and Instagram Filters and what I often point to is the fact that life in real time is not edited nor filtered. So why should it be any different for art? Well something that is pretty glaring is that in my opinion in order to undertake an endeavor like this you have to be an actual aritst. With the understanding that artist and the definition for what constitutes an artist is subjective I hope that we can agree that there's a certain amount of skill required for an exposition like this.

In other words if there's nothing below the surface there's really nothing to be exposed. Esperanza Spalding has proven time and time again over the course of her career that she inhabits a world light years away from the superficial.

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#GiftGrown: GFM’s Certified Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2016


Hey Growns, we are back with a list of artists who released albums THIS YEAR (2016) to let you know where to lay to ears and spend your grown currency. Did you know that new music, new GROWN FOLKS Music abounds? We're here to put you up on game. Don't get disgusted. Get Grown. Gift Grown!

In addition, this year Grown Folks Music had the pleasure of speaking with some of the artists on this list. (Check out our interviews).

*The GFM Disclaimer: this list is NOT all inclusive. We know there's some artists/albums we've missed. This list is just to guide you in the right direction as you consider giving the gift of music to someone or even yourself this Christmas.

Dave Hollister The MANuscript


Lindsey Webster Back To Your Heart


After 7 Timeless


Eric Roberson and Phonte Tigallerro


Keith Sweat Dress To Impress


Chrisette Michele Milestone


Fantasia The Definition Of...


Musiq Soulchild Life On Earth


Anthony Hamilton What I'm Feelin'


Frank McComb Soulmate: Another Love Story


Timothy Bloom The Beginning EP


Bruno Mars 24K Magic


Anthony David The Powerful Now


SWV Still


Silk Quiet Storm


Sebastian Kole Soup


Jaheim Struggle Love


Eric Benet Eric Benet


Yuna Chapters




Incognito In Search Of Better Days


Nathan Sykes Unfinished Business


Regina Belle The Day Life Began


Keke Wyatt Rated Love


Solange A Seat At The Table


Beyonce Lemonade


Rihanna Anti


Jojo Mad Love


Tank Sex Love & Pain II


Kenny Lattimore A Kenny Lattimore Christmas


BJ The Chicago Kid In My Mind


Kindred The Family Soul Legacy Of Love


K. Michelle More Issues Than Vogue


Common Black America Again


Zo! Skybreak


Tamela Mann One Way


Micah Stampley To The King... Vertical Worship


Mawwell blackSUMMERS'night


Corrine Bailey Rae The Heart Speaks In Whispers


Trevor Wesley Chivalry Is Dead


Panic At The Disco Death Of A Bachelor


Childish Gambino Awaken, My Love


A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service

J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only

John Legend Darkness And Light
Jacob Collier In My Room 

Gregory Porter Take Me To The Alley

De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody

Usher Hard II Love

Tweet Charlene
Ro James Eldorado
Esperanza Spaulding Emily's D + Evolution


#NewMusic: Nadia Washington - "Hope Resurgence"

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If and only if the process of penning words were as easy for every song we get in the inbox as they are after listening to this gorgeous debut from Dallas bred, Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Nadia Washington. This is the type of music, performance and production that brings all of the vivid color of Fall that I see right outside my window a voice. I hear so much in Nadia's playing, singing and writing that I can't list it all but what is apparent from the first note is that it is all good... strike that - all great. If this were a meal that I was partaking of there would be no doubt that I would be poised for seconds and thirds.

For the culture of this site and our followers this music is the epitome of #Grown. There's no rushing here, we listen and let the story unfold, we understand the journey may take a minute and we're open to that and "Hope Resurgence" does not disappoint at any turn. I would also be remiss if I didn't send a shout out to longtime friend to GFM Jesse Fischer who we catch a glimpse of above on keyboard duty.

It is often said but in this instance it could not be more sincere that we cannot wait to see what's next for Nadia Washington.

"Hope Resurgence" the debut from Nadia Washington out now!

More about Nadia Washington
A beautiful blend of jazz, soul, r&b and world music "Hope Resurgence" is a timely record that speaks to finding hope in times of extreme unrest.

Nadia is back and forth between Brooklyn & Boston, by way of Dallas. She has performed with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Lalah Hathaway and George Duke. She won a GRAMMY as a background singer and writer on Dianne Reeves' Beautiful Life which won for Best Jazz Vocals in 2014. She's featured on Blue Note Record's compilation CD, Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 as a writer and performer, and is a professor this fall at Berklee College of Music.

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[PHOTOS] JAZZ ROOTS Series Presents Ladies of Jazz: Esperanza Spalding & Terri Lyne Carrington

Esperanza Spalding at the JAZZ ROOTS Jazz Series at the Cobb Energy Centre

When you think of jazz, you may very well ponder on the syncopated rhythm of Thelonius Monk or the elegance of Duke Ellington. However, you would be highly remised not to mention the grace of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn or Billie Holiday in the very same sentence. On October 19th, JAZZ  ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series presented the Ladies of Jazz, a celebration of the present generation of female jazz artists with Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Now I could tell you how Terri killed it on the drums, how Esperanza ripped the stage and even about her “Black Gold” duet with soul artist, Algebra Blessett as a special guest. However, we know you and we know pictures are worth a thousand words. So on that note, here are the highlighting photos from that great show!

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Concert Alert: Ladies of Jazz Featuring Esperanza Spalding & Terri Lyne Carrington – October 19th!!

On my last music voyage, I reported straight from the JAZZ ROOTS inaugural concert featuring Ramsey Lewis and Al Jarreau! If you’re a true music fan and you missed this event, your head should be shaking in shame for not attending this affair.  However, you still have a chance to redeem yourself from the magnitude of your transgression.

My friend, mark your calendar for a show filled with music clothed with a woman’s touch. On Friday, October 19th the JAZZ ROOTS concert series, will celebrate the “Ladies of Jazzat the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Headlining the stage will be bassist, vocalist and Grammy Award winner, Esperanza Spalding along with fellow jazz drummer, composer, record producer and Grammy winner, Terri Lyne Carrington.

This will be an unforgettable night all in tribute of the ladies that have greatly contributed to the art of jazz! If you hadn't purchased your tickets, be sure to check out Ticketmaster for this upcoming event! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek video of what you can expect!


Photos: JAZZ ROOTS Inaugural Concert with Al Jarreau & Ramsey Lewis At Cobb Energy Centre!

Hola, GFM family and greetings from the Jazz Roots concert series!!! From stylish pumps accentuating the ideal dress to tailored suits matched with the meticulous tie, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre was filled with music enthusiasts ready for a night of great music. Created by executive producer and music industry entrepreneur, Larry Rosen, the inaugural show of JAZZ ROOTS was off to a good start as they proudly presented world-class musicians, Ramsey Lewis and Al Jarreau.Read more

New Releases This Week: March 20

Radio Music Society [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]

Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society (Deluxe Edition)

Get it a iTunes

The MF Life

Melanie Fiona: The MF Life

Get it at iTunes

Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2011

B.B. King: Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2011

Get it at iTunes

Unexpected Arrival

Diggy: Unexpected Arrival

Get it at iTunes

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Letters From Birmingham

Ruben Studdard: Letters From Birmingham

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New Video: Esperanza Spalding feat. Algebra Blessett

Check out "Black Gold", the new single from Grammy winner and all around cool girl Esperanza Spalding featuring Algebra Blessett. "Black Gold" has a great message about loving yourself and your roots and a beautiful video to match. Esperanza Spalding's new album Radio Music Society is due out March 20.


Esperanza Spalding - I Can't Help it

No it's not Sunday and this isn't a new clip (unless as we always talk about here if you've never seen it it's new to you) but when you see/hear music and you happen to involve yourself with a movement (not just a blog, yeah I said it) called Grown Folks Music what do you do? Post. Plain and simple. Now could someone please remind me what all that hubbub was about concerning Esperanza Spalding and the Grammys back in February? Exactly. Popularity lasts for fifteen minutes, true artistry is eternal.


Congrats Esperanza! (An Editorial)

We have a very, very long way to go in this country on so many levels it is not even remotely funny. You would think that if someone who is doing something that is not predictable(and doing it masterful, mind you) that would be something that at the very least should and could be respected. But as is often the case, any opportunity for constructive discourse degenerates into the most inane, sophomoric banter that you will ever witness. This is further compounded by the fact that we are connected in a 24/365 web of realtime communication that in some ways weighs everyone's words equally. That is a great and awful phenomenon all at once.

First and foremost congratulations to you Esperanza on your Grammy. I don't want anything that I might posit in this post to overshadow that accomplishment. Well done, well-deserved and hopefully more people will become aware of your phenomenal talent. I remember when I first saw the video below a few years back... for a solid half hour I just kept repeating it. Of course this was after my other ritual which is when I hear something that really moves me I immediately turn it off and reflect on what just happened. Read more