Each of the 12 tracks is accompanied by conceptual music videos which express Esperanza’s inspiration, and the story behind the tracks.
The videos were shot in multiple locations including New York City, Portland, Oregon and Barcelona, Spain—all videos will be available to purchasers of the album as digital download or as a DVD on the ‘deluxe’ version.
At 20 she was hired to teach at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, just after graduating from there.
In 2006 a tiny label released her debut album, 'Junjo’, an exhilarating hybrid of jazz and Latin rhythms.
Her hair teased out to her shoulders, she's wearing a wild orange coat and gold glasses.
Standing out is nothing new for the 31-year-old, but she seems extra radiant after taking two years off from a rapid, Grammy-stacking rise.
Three weeks before the Grammys, on a freezing afternoon in New York City, I meet Spalding at the Bowery Hotel – a building that smells of old wood and new money – and it is true: most of the world has never heard of her.
'I didn’t get into music to be a star,’ explains the 26-year-old composer, double-bassist and singer.
Between that and her most recent release, 'Chamber Music Society’, Spalding has been on stage with Prince, performed twice at the White House, played at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, starred in a Banana Republic advertising campaign and appeared on various American talkshows.But she talks as if it's a totally different person: "I'm the instrument Emily's playing," she says.Whether alter ego or nickname, "Emily" is the protagonist on Spalding's fifth LP, (out March 4 on Concord), a concept album centered on not just a new identity but a new sound: experimental rock, filled with noisy guitars and manic singing."I felt overwhelmed by stuff that wasn't satisfying me," she says, "things I was supposed to do for my career.I stopped and said, ' Let me get back to the basics.' I had no plans for the future -- until I heard the knock on the door from Emily."Esperanza Spalding: The Billboard Shoot Emily is what Spalding was called as a kid; it's her middle name.