Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME
Grammy-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has signed with WME, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The bassist, singer and composer joins a jazzed-up roster at the agency that also includes Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Chris Botti and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Spalding famously defeated Justin Bieber (and fellow nominees Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons) for the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011, instantly earning the ire of Beliebers online. The Oregon native has since collected three more Grammys, including Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2012's Radio Music Society, which became her first top-10 album on the Billboard 200.
Spalding was recently a guest artist on Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady and Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox albums. She is currently in Poland, where she is curating and hosting Esperanza+, a large-scale jazz concert during the Solidarity of Arts festival on Aug. 16
She continues to be repped by manager Zamin Mirza and attorney Stuart Silfen of Frankfurt Kurnit.
Aug. 18, 5:09 p.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Spalding continues to record for Head Up International, and identified her manager Zamin Mirza as her attorney. THR regrets the errors.