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Friday, December 7, 2007

Local label Six Degrees earns three Grammy nods

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2007 at 11:39 AM

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(Grammy nominee CéU)

Congrats to local world-spanning label Six Degrees for picking up three Grammy nominations in 2007. New CDs by CéU, Bebel Gilberto, and Spanish Harlem Orchestra were recognized by the Recording Academy, which announced its Grammy nominations this week. The winners will be announced at the 50th annual Grammy bash on Feb. 10. Full press release from Six Degrees to follow. -- Jennifer Maerz

SIX DEGREES RECORDS RECEIVES

3 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS FROM THE RECORDING ACADEMY®

-BEBEL GILBERTO, CÉU, AND SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA RECEIVE NOMINATIONS-

On Thursday, December 6, 2007, San Francisco based record label, Six Degrees

Records, received 3 GRAMMY nominations from The Recording Academy®. Bebel

Gilberto¹s Momento and CéU¹s self-titled release both received nominations

for ³Best Contemporary World Music Album.² Spanish Harlem Orchestra¹s

United We Swing received a nomination for ³Best Tropical Latin Album.² This

is major milestone for the 10-year old independent record label.

³It¹s great to see all of these talented artists recognized by the academy,²

says Bob Duskis, president and co-founder of Six Degrees Records. ³We are

proud of all of them and of our staff¹s amazing efforts to promote them this

year²

Bebel Gilberto¹s highly anticipated third album, Momento, presented some of

her most elegant and personal musical statements since bursting on the scene

in 2000, when her GRAMMY nominated debut album Tanto Tempo took the world by

storm and conquered audiences worldwide. Momento debuted at #4 on the

Billboard¹s World Music charts and in the Billboard Top 200 Charts. The

album draws on the graceful, low-key electronica of Tanto Tempo and the

enchanting, acoustic simplicity of her second self-titled album. Press

accolades quickly came in, stating her album as ³Intoxicating, as sweet and

soft and sultry as summer twilight² by USA Today, while Parade Magazine

claimed ³Bebel Gilberto blends traditional Brazilian rhythms with fresh

electronica for a sound as complex and sweet as a caipirinha.²

In April 2007, Brazilian newcomer CéU (pronounced ŒCell¹ with a soft ŒL¹)

released her self-titled debut album in the U.S. as the first international

artist on Starbucks¹ Hear Music Debut Series. Her album was received with

critical praise from NPR¹s Morning Edition, The Associated Press, Reuters,

and many more, hailing her as ³Ša fresh new face in the Brazilian music

scene.² Her album has sound scanned over 85,000 copies to date, making her

the biggest selling Brazilian artist of 2007. CéU reached unprecedented

chart numbers for a Brazilian female artist -- #1 on Billboard¹s

Heatseekers (New Artist) Chart, #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on

Billboard¹s World Music charts (cracking the nearly two-year domination of

Celtic Women). This is her first GRAMMY nomination.

Since their arrival in 2000, Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) has established

itself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin music. Directed by

world-renowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernández, the

thirteen-member all-star ensemble has reintroduced the classic sounds of New

York City Salsa to music lovers worldwide. United We Swing, SHO¹s third

album, is a stunning follow-up to their 2004 GRAMMY award-winning album

Across 110th St., and their 2002 GRAMMY nominated debut, Un Gran Día En El

Barrio. On United We Swing, SHO continues in the same

classic-meets-contemporary sound, but with refreshing originality. Nine of

the songs are original compositions grounded in the unique identity the band

has forged based on the musical legacy of El Barrio.²

The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards are scheduled to air live from Los Angeles'

Staples Center on Sunday, February 10 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

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