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Esperanza Spalding nominated to the National Council on the Arts

COURTESY OF ESPERANZA SPALDING - Portland musician Esperanza Spalding has been nominated to the National Council on the Arts.Portland musician and composer Esperanza Spalding has been nominated to the National Council on the Arts.

The White House announced Thursday evening the nomination of the 31-year-old bass player who has received four Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist in 2011. Her nomination must be approved by the U.S. Senate.

Spalding grew up in Portland, teaching herself to play the violin and performing with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon when she was 5. Ten years later, she was the society’s concertmaster.

Spalding’s talent earned her scholarships to Portland State University and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

Her new single “One,” is available for download on most music programs.