Yaya Bey Embraced Everything On 'Ten Fold': How Her Journey Out Of Grief Lit The Way For Her New Album | GRAMMY.com (2024)

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Yaya Bey

Photo: Nikita Freyermuth


The experimental artist speaks with GRAMMY.com about losing her father, writing about Eric Adams, and the strength of chasing every creative thought.

Lior Phillips

|GRAMMYs/May 8, 2024 - 04:33 pm

Yaya Bey possesses a dizzying talent: The ability to draw everything from reggae to house music into her sonic worldview without it ever feeling anything but inventive.

On her innovative upcoming record Ten Fold, the Brooklyn-based artist tethers her R&B sound to pangs of hip-hop, pop, and soul. She's also attuned to the sound and vibration of her city, a reference point shown as early as her 2016 debut, The Many Alter-Egos of Trill’eta Brown.

Whether on record or in conversation, Bey carries that classic native New Yorker duality: She’s well aware that the city’s constantly evolving energy means that no one perspective could possibly speak for it, but she also knows when it needs her to speak up.

"People who are born and raised here are like unicorns," the experimental R&B/pop artist says — herself having grown up in Queens, the daughter of Grand Daddy I.U., a member of the legendary hip-hop collective the Juice Crew. So when mayor Eric Adams was at an event while raging Canadian wildfires dyed the city orange and covered it in smoke, she put her thoughts to record with the track, "eric adams in the club."

That fiery critique is only one of the powerful emotions that fueled Ten Fold; the passing of her father (rapper Grand Daddy I.U.) adds a tragic shade, and her new marriage brings a flash of joy, among other prismatics. While 2022’s grand Remember Your North Star were built on thematic cohesion, Ten Fold’s 16 tracks are cathartic in their ability to bound between extremes and find life’s most powerful moments. "I was experiencing success and grief at the same time, and that set the tone," Bey says of creating the new album.

While she’s continued experimenting as a visual artist and poet, Bey's work as an activist — including time as a street medic at protests — demonstrates the real-world ties to all of that expressive work. "It made me really focus on my responsibility to my neighbor and how I exist in the world, loving and caring not just about myself, but about the collective struggle," she says.

Bey spoke with GRAMMY.com about finding the creative energy to manage all of those practices, weaving her father’s voice into Ten Fold, and the state of music played at New York cookouts.

I need to thank you for "Sir Princess Bad Bitch" because it will never stop repeating in my head! It’s such an incredible track. Did you know you'd hit it out of the park when you were in the studio?

Well, Corey Fonville, who's the drummer in [jazz quintet] Butcher Brown, produced the track and he sent it to me. And I was like, "Wow, I'm about to do a house record?"

I'd done dance records before, but this one felt different. The words and the melody, it came so easily that it felt right. That's usually how I gauge if something is the right song for me, if the melody and the words come quick. I have that kind of chemistry with Corey.

If the lyrics and the melody meet in the way this album does, pushing inclusive, all-encompassing empowerment, that must feel so encouraging as an artist.

You know, when I was making this album, my dad passed away in December of ‘22. And that happened, like, right as I put out another album called North Star.

That album sort of shifted me into a space where [I was] making a living off of my art, and people are interested in me, and I got a publishing deal, and I went to Europe to play some gigs for the first time in about November. I stayed for a month and I came home and my dad died.

Right when that happened, I was presented with the option to renew my record deal and put another album out. So I started working on it almost immediately after he died. I went through 2023 making the album and I had to find light. So I put in a lot of songs just trying to encourage myself.

I’m so sorry. My heart breaks for you. I lost my dad in 2021, right before I started a massive project, and it shifted my process completely. Is that why the album starts with "crying through my teeth."? You’re expressing your grief before anything else.

Yeah. I usually start my other projects with a little rap. But I knew that this project was different and I needed to start it out setting the tone. We're starting out in a dark place and then we try to journey out of it.

And then you incorporated your father's voice in the intro to some of the songs, like on "east coast mami." How did it come to you to bring his memory into the album?

To be honest, especially during this process, I’ve just been trying to keep whatever I can from him. One day, I was trying to find voice notes from him. My phone had deleted all of our text messages and thank God I had some screenshots of it. I was looking for what I had left, and I had these voice notes.

It’s difficult enough to determine what message you want to convey with any album, but then having this grief, this audible connection to your dad, must have been a lot to consider.

Yeah. The album is also about more than the grief. My albums are more thematic; this album isn't thematic as much as it was just my life turned upside down. My dad was my best friend. And at the same time, my dad was also a musician and I followed in his footsteps. But in the blink of an eye, I was living a completely different life.

My life changed overnight when I made North Star. I was three months behind on my rent, and in the blink of an eye I had money to pay my rent for the year if I wanted. I had got all these things that I thought I was going to share with my dad. I got married. My whole life just shifted. And so the album is like, documenting that. I had no control. I just had to go with the ebbs and flows of life and make songs as I went along.

Both the good and bad, how do you think all that change affected your actual music? Even just in your quality of life, being exposed to different things.

I think it gave me more perspective, for sure. I've seen more of the world, I've experienced new things. I can write from a place of joy, too. I made [North Star] in despair, and I'm not in despair anymore. You have more things to write about when you’re not three months behind on rent, not in a relationship with some guy that's driving you crazy.

Between your music, poetry, visual art, mutual aid work, you're outputting so much creative and connected energy into the world. Were you ever wary of not being able to tackle those things, especially while going through multiple different shifts in your life?

To be honest, I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to make an album again. I did have those thoughts. But I find that if I just show up, like, I'm going to just tell what's true for me, I'll probably be fine. And it's still working out in that way.

It's still cathartic. It’s still just trying to feel something, express something, even with the dance records, just trying to tap into something that feels good.

Speaking of those dance records, were there any particular artists you were channeling when developing your take on that sound?

Phyllis Hyman and Frankie Beverly are really big inspirations for me. Growing up in New York, when you go to cookouts, Black people, they play Frankie Beverly, they play Alicia Myers, they play Phyllis Hyman. It's a certain sound that you're gonna hear at a cookout. I just grew up with the sound. Phyllis Hyman is iconic.

I think that dance music has a long history in that debate about art produced in troubled times. Speaking of, we’ve got to talk about "eric adams in the club", which is a phrase I never thought I'd get to say in an interview. Did you go into the writing process wanting to write about Eric Adams to a dance beat, or was that more serendipitous in the studio?

Last June there was a wildfire in Canada, and it impacted the air quality in New York. He was in the club with Robert De Niro. And I remember thinking to myself, like, Yo, this is insane. Being a New Yorker, seeing how much people's rent raised when they decided it wasn't a pandemic anymore, in a matter of months — it sent the city into a housing crisis, and he refused to address it. And then that wildfire thing happened, and I was like, Oh, yeah, I'm gonna write a song about this guy, but I want it to be a club record because he's in the club.

New York is an interesting city. It doesn't care about its natives, in a way that is unique. Gentrification happens everywhere, but the way that it happens in a city like New York is that people who are born and raised here are like unicorns. And there are a lot of things that happen that we don't have a voice on.

I've also been grieving the city that I grew up in, that it doesn't even exist anymore because of people like Eric Adams. The city is more than just the restaurants and things like that. It's the people and the people that create the culture. And if that's pushed out, it's not even what it was anymore, it's something new.

Obviously there's so many things that need to change, but by being a musician and being an artist, how do you feel like you can shift some mindsets?

I think I can have the conversations or make the music that starts conversations. I was listening to a lot of Frankie Beverly and Maze when the pandemic was at its height, and [that was] focused on unity a lot. If you listen to, like, "We Are One," "Happy Feelin’s," their message is love, their message is unity. And it got me through the pandemic. I couldn't stop listening to it.

It made me really focus on my responsibility to my neighbor and how I exist in the world, loving and caring not just about myself, but about the collective struggle. And they did it in such a beautiful way that I kept coming back to listen to the music again and again and again.

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Steve Albini in his studio in 2014

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Steve Albini loathed the descriptor of "producer," preferring "recording engineer." Regardless of how he was credited, He passed away on the evening of May 7, leaving an immeasurable impact on alternative music.

Morgan Enos

|GRAMMYs/May 8, 2024 - 08:17 pm

When Code Orange's Jami Morgan came to work with Steve Albini, he knew that he and the band had to be prepared. They knew what they wanted to do, in which order, and "it went as good as any process we've ever had — probably the best," he glowed.

And a big part of that was that Albini — a legendary musician and creator of now-iconic indie, punk and alternative records — didn't consider himself any sort of impresario.

"The man wears a garbage man suit to work every day," Morgan previously told GRAMMY.com while promoting Code Orange's The Above. "It reminds him he's doing a trade… I f—ing loved him. I thought he was the greatest guy."

The masterful The Above was released in 2023, decades into Albini's astonishing legacy both onstage and in the studio. The twisted mastermind behind Big Black and Shellac, and man behind the board for innumerable off-center classics, Steve Albini passed away on the evening of May 7 following a heart attack suffered at his Chicago recording studio, the hallowed Electrical Audio. He was 61. The first Shellac album since 2014, To All Trains, is due May 17.

Albini stuck to his stubborn principles (especially in regard to the music industry), inimitable aesthetics and workaday self-perception until the end. Tributes highlighting his ethos, attitude and vision have been flowing in from all corners of the indie community. The revered label Secretly Canadian called Albini "a wizard who would hate being called a wizard, but who surely made magic."

David Grubbs of Gastr Del Sol called him "a brilliant, infinitely generous person, absolutely one-of-a-kind, and so inspiring to see him change over time and own up to things he outgrew" — meaning old, provocative statements and lyrics.

And mononymous bassist Stin of the bludgeoning noise rock band Chat Pile declared, "No singular artist's body of work has had an impact on me more than that of Steve Albini."

To wade through Albini's entire legacy, and discography, would take a lifetime — and happy hunting, as so much great indie, noise rock, punk, and so much more passed across his desk. Here are five of those albums.

Pixies - Surfer Rosa (1988)

Your mileage may vary on who lit the match for the alternative boom, but Pixies — and their debut Surfer Rosa — deserve a place in that debate. This quicksilver classic introduced us to a lot of Steve Albini's touchstones: capacious miking techniques; unadulterated, audio verite takes; serrated noise.

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me (1993)

Some of Albini's finest hours have resulted from carefully arranging the room, hitting record, and letting an artist stalk the studio like a caged animal.

It happened on Scout Niblett's This Fool Can Die Now; it happened on Laura Jane Grace's Stay Alive; and it most certainly happened on PJ Harvey's Rid of Me, which can be seen as a precedent for both. Let tunes like "Man-Size" take a shot at you; that scar won't heal anytime soon.

Nirvana - In Utero (1993)

Nirvana's unintended swan song in the studio was meant to burn the polished Nevermind in effigy.

And while Kurt Cobain was too much of a pop beautician to fully do that, In Utero is still one of the most bracing and unvarnished mainstream rock albums ever made. Dave Grohl's drum sound on "Scentless Apprentice" alone is a shot to your solar plexus.

"The thing that I was really charmed most by in the whole process was just hearing how good a job the band had done the first time around," Albini told GRAMMY.com upon In Utero's 20th anniversary remix and remastering. "What struck me the most about the [remastering and reissue] process was the fact that everybody was willing to go the full nine yards for quality."

Songs: Ohia - The Magnolia Electric Co. (2003)

When almost a dozen musicians packed into Electrical Audio to make The Magnolia Electric Co., the vibe was, well, electric — prolific singer/songwriter Jason Molina was on the verge of something earth-shaking.

It's up for debate as to whether the album they made was the final Songs: Ohia record, or the first by his following project, Magnolia Electric Co. — is a tempestuous, majestic, symbolism-heavy, Crazy Horse-scaled ride through Molina's troubled psyche.

Code Orange - The Above (2023)

A health issue kept Code Orange from touring behind The Above, which is a shame for many reasons. One is that they're a world-class live band. The other is that The Above consists of their most detailed and accomplished material to date.

The band's frontman Morgan and keyboardist Eric "Shade" Balderose produced The Above, which combines hardcore, metalcore and industrial rock with concision and vision. And by capturing their onstage fire like never before on record, Albini helped glue it all together.

"It was a match made in heaven," Morgan said. And Albini made ferocity, ugliness and transgression seem heavenly all the same.

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The Beatles during the 'Let it Be' sessions in 1969

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More than five decades after its 1970 release, Michael Lindsay-Hogg's 'Let it Be' film is restored and re-released on Disney+. With a little help from the director himself, here are some less-trodden tidbits from this much-debated film and its album era.

Morgan Enos

|GRAMMYs/May 8, 2024 - 05:34 pm

What is about the Beatles' Let it Be sessions that continues to bedevil diehards?

Even after their aperture was tremendously widened with Get Back — Peter Jackson's three-part, almost eight hour, 2021 doc — something's always been missing. Because it was meant as a corrective to a film that, well, most of us haven't seen in a long time — if at all.

That's Let it Be, the original 1970 documentary on those contested, pivotal, hot-and-cold sessions, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Much of the calcified lore around the Beatles' last stand comes not from the film itself, but what we think is in the film.

Let it Be does contain a couple of emotionally charged moments between maturing Beatles. The most famous one: George Harrison getting snippy with Paul McCartney over a guitar part, which might just be the most blown-out-of-proportion squabble in rock history.

But superfans smelled blood in the water: the film had to be a locus for the Beatles' untimely demise. To which the film's director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, might say: did we see the same movie?

"Looking back from history's vantage point, it seems like everybody drank the bad batch of Kool-Aid," he tells GRAMMY.com. Lindsay-Hogg had just appeared at an NYC screening, and seemed as surprised by it as the fans: "Because the opinion that was first formed about the movie, you could not form on the actual movie we saw the other night."

He's correct. If you saw Get Back, Lindsay-Hogg is the babyfaced, cigar-puffing auteur seen throughout; today, at 84, his original vision has been reclaimed. On May 8, Disney+ unveiled a restored and refreshed version of the Let it Be film — a historical counterweight to Get Back. Temperamentally, though, it's right on the same wavelength, which is bound to surprise some Fabs disciples.

With the benefit of Peter Jackson's sound-polishing magic and Giles Martin's inspired remixes of performances, Let it Be offers a quieter, more muted, more atmospheric take on these sessions. (Think fewer goofy antics, and more tight, lingering shots of four of rock's most evocative faces.)

As you absorb the long-on-ice Let it Be, here are some lesser-known facts about this film, and the era of the Beatles it captures — with a little help from Lindsay-Hogg himself.

The Beatles Were Happy With The Let It Be Film

After Lindsay-Hogg showed the Beatles the final rough cut, he says they all went out to a jovial meal and drinks: "Nice food, collegial, pleasant, witty conversation, nice wine."

Afterward, they went downstairs to a discotheque for nightcaps. "Paul said he thought Let it Be was good. We'd all done a good job," Lindsay-Hogg remembers. "And Ringo and [wife] Maureen were jiving to the music until two in the morning."

"They had a really, really good time," he adds. "And you can see like [in the film], on their faces, their interactions — it was like it always was."

About "That" Fight: Neither Paul Nor George Made A Big Deal

At this point, Beatles fanatics can recite this Harrison-in-a-snit quote to McCartney: "I'll play, you know, whatever you want me to play, or I won't play at all if you don't want me to play. Whatever it is that will please you… I'll do it." (Yes, that's widely viewed among fans as a tremendous deal.)

If this was such a fissure, why did McCartney and Harrison allow it in the film? After all, they had say in the final cut, like the other Beatles.

"Nothing was going to be in the picture that they didn't want," Lindsay-Hogg asserts. "They never commented on that. They took that exchange as like many other exchanges they'd had over the years… but, of course, since they'd broken up a month before [the film's release], everyone was looking for little bits of sharp metal on the sand to think why they'd broken up."

Recently, Ringo Starr opined that there was "not a lot of joy" in the Let it Be film; Lindsay-Hogg says Starr framed it to him as "no joy."

Of course, that's Starr's prerogative. But it's not quite borne out by what we see — especially that merry scene where he and Harrison work out an early draft of Abbey Road's "Octopus's Garden."

"And Ringo's a combination of so pleased to be working on the song, pleased to be working with his friend, glad for the input," Lindsay-Hogg says. "He's a wonderful guy. I mean, he can think what he wants and I will always have greater affection for him.

"Let's see if he changes his mind by the time he's 100," he added mirthfully.

Lindsay-Hogg Thought It'd Never Be Released Again

"I went through many years of thinking, It's not going to come out," Lindsay-Hogg says. In this regard, he characterizes 25 or 30 years of his life as "solitary confinement," although he was "pushing for it, and educating for it."

"Then, suddenly, the sun comes out" — which may be thanks to Peter Jackson, and renewed interest via Get Back. "And someone opens the cell door, and Let it Be walks out."

Nobody Asked Him What The Sessions Were Like

All four Beatles, and many of their associates, have spoken their piece on Let it Be sessions — and journalists, authors, documentarians, and fans all have their own slant on them.

But what was this time like from Lindsay-Hogg's perspective? Incredibly, nobody ever thought to check. "You asked the one question which no one has asked," he says. "No one."

So, give us the vibe check. Were the Let it Be sessions ever remotely as tense as they've been described, since man landed on the moon? And to that, Lindsay-Hogg's response is a chuckle, and a resounding, "No, no, no."

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Music Educator Award

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Nina Frazier

|GRAMMYs/May 8, 2024 - 01:10 pm

Today, the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum announced a total of 215 music teachers as quarterfinalists for the 2025 Music Educator Award. This prestigious award is given to current educators—from kindergarten through college in both public and private schools—who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who advocate for the ongoing inclusion of music education in schools. This year’s quarterfinalists hail from 202 cities and were chosen from more than 2,400 initial nominations. Additionally, 159 legacy applicants from 2024 are also eligible for this year’s award.

Semi-finalists for the 2025 Music Educator Award will be announced later this year. The ultimate recipient will be celebrated during GRAMMY Week 2025.

A collaborative effort between the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum, the Music Educator Award invites nominations from students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers may also nominate themselves, and those nominated are invited to complete a more detailed application.

Each year, one recipient is selected from among 10 finalists and recognized for their profound impact on students' lives. The 11th annual honoree will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 67th GRAMMY Awards and participate in various GRAMMY Week events. The nine other finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. Additionally, fifteen semi-finalists will be awarded a $500 honorarium with matching school grants.

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The Music Educator Award program, including the honorariums and matching school grants, is supported by the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation this year. Additional backing comes from the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association, which support the program through outreach to their members.

Learn more about the Music Educator Award and see the full list of the 2025 Music Educator Award quarterfinalists and legacy applicants below:


Bryant AdlerAlcoa Elementary SchoolAlcoaTennessee
Patrick AguayoRolling Hills Middle SchoolLos GatosCalifornia
Chrsitopher AlbertsSchool Without WallsWashingtonWashington, D.C.
Bobi-Jean AlexanderSeneca Valley Senior High SchoolHarmonyPennsylvania
Erin AlthenWesthill High SchoolSyracuseNew York
Kathleen AmabileElk Lake Junior-Senior High SchoolSpringvillePennsylvania
Michael AntmannFreedom High SchoolOrlandoFlorida
Amanda Babco*ckMerrimack Valley Middle SchoolPenacookNew Hampshire
Eric BableCrestview High SchoolColumbianaOhio
Natalie BakerMissoula International SchoolMissoulaMontana
Jean-Paul BalmatMission Bay High SchoolSan DiegoCalifornia
Russell BalusekEdna High SchoolEdnaTexas
Lee Anne BarnesThomas Street Elementary SchoolTupeloMississippi
Makynzie BartonElkton High SchoolElktonMaryland
Andrew BeasleyPearl High SchoolPearlMississippi
Daniel BeilmanOak Park SchoolSarasotaFlorida
Andrew BennettFredonia High SchoolFredoniaNew York
David BillingsleyDeLaSalle High SchoolMinneapolisMinnesota
Stephen BlancoLas Vegas High SchoolLas VegasNevada
Mike BogleDallas College Cedar Valley CampusDallasTexas
Sarah BolineJohns Hill Magnet SchoolDecaturIllinois
Cherie BowePascagoula High SchoolPascagoulaMississippi
Nathan BowmanSoutheast Middle SchoolSalisburyNorth Carolina
Tamiko BridgesLaurel High SchoolLaurelMississippi
Justin BrittKingston Public SchoolsKingstonOklahoma
Korey BrunoWestfield High SchoolWestfieldMassachusetts
Richard ButlerJack Britt High SchoolFayettevilleNorth Carolina
Jason CanfieldPrescott High SchoolPrescottWisconsin
Clayton CapelloPettus ISDPettusTexas
Dr. John CarlisleHannan JSHSAshtonWest Virginia
Taylor CashAlbertville High SchoolAlbertvilleAlabama
Barry CheskyDulaney High SchoolTimoniumMaryland
Ethan ChessinCamas High SchoolCamasWashington
Ernesta ChicklowskiRoosevelt Elementary SchoolTampaFlorida
Donna ClarkMiguel Juarez Middle SchoolWaukeganIllinois
Jeremy ColeSouthern Middle SchoolSomersetKentucky
James CooneyMayville High SchoolMayville, WIWisconsin
Paul CornSusan E. Wagner High SchoolStaten IslandNew York
Kevin CroxtonOliver Springs Elementary SchoolVan BurenArkansas
Brandon CzubachowskiSpring Valley Hall High SchoolSpring ValleyIllinois
Mike D'ErricoAlbright CollegeReadingPennsylvania
Nicole DavidsonSusan E. Wiley Elementary SchoolCopiagueNew York
Andy DavisReavis High SchoolBurbankIllinois
Kelly DeHaanMountain Ridge High SchoolHerrimanUtah
David DehnetOral Roberts UniversityTulsaOklahoma
Joe DeLisiChisago Lakes High SchoolLindstromMinnesota
Jesse DooleyMillbury Jr./Sr. High SchoolMillburyMassachusetts
Lawrence DubillHamburg High SchoolHamburgNew York
Bridget Duffy-UlrichOshkosh North High SchoolOshkoshWisconsin
Jared DuncanDeKalb School of the ArtsAvondale EstatesGeorgia
Nicole DurkinArgo Community High SchoolSummitIllinois
Kaley EatonCornish College of the ArtsSeattleWashington
Cindy EllisMiami Arts Studio 6-12 at Zelda GlazerMiamiFlorida
Clerida EltimeWHIN Music Community Charter SchoolNew YorkNew York
Grady EmmertLake Buena Vista High SchoolOrlandoFlorida
Gerardo EscobarRiverside Middle SchoolEl PasoTexas
Regan EudyCentral Elementary SchoolAlbemarleNorth Carolina
Kevin FallonC.W. Worthington Middle SchoolHasletTexas
Jason FalvoWaynesburg Central ElementaryWaynesburgPennsylvania
Mike FedyszynRiverview Middle SchoolPlymouthWisconsin
Daniel FerreiraKlein Intermediate SchoolHoustonTexas
Jill FettyClear Falls High SchoolLeague CityTexas
Joe FinneganDC Everest Senior High SchoolWestonWisconsin
Joseph FloresMesa Middle SchoolRoswellNew Mexico
Jasmine FrippKIPP Nashville Collegiate High SchoolNashvilleTennessee
Sarah FultonKings Mountain High SchoolKings MountainNorth Carolina
Stefanie GardnerGlendale Community CollegeGlendaleArizona
Ryan GearySanford High SchoolSanfordMaine
Emily GoldenEast Burke High SchoolConnelly SpringsNorth Carolina
Rob GoldmanWestwood High SchoolWestwoodMassachusetts
Alex GrimmF.J. Reitz High SchoolEvansvilleIndiana
Melanie GunnWhitman Middle SchoolSeattleWashington
Daniel GutierrezNixa High SchoolNixaMissouri
Holly HaffnerGrissom Middle SchoolSterling HeightsMichigan
Michael HamannWest Ottawa High SchoolHollandMichigan
Tony Aaron HambrickJessye Norman School of the ArtsAugustaGeorgia
Cordara HarperGrambling State UniversityGramblingLouisiana
Vernon HarrisPulaski Heights Middle SchoolLittle RockArkansas
Sarah HartIslander Middle SchoolMercer IslandWashington
Kellie HarveyFruitland Primary SchoolFruitlandMaryland
Toby HarwellWiseburn Middle SchoolHawthorneCalifornia
Rachael HeffnerBrookhaven Innovation AcademyNorcrossGeorgia
Bobby HelmsCopiah-Lincoln Community CollegeWessonMississippi
Bernie Hendricks, Jr.Ocoee High SchoolOcoeeFlorida
Christopher HenkeKittatinny Regional High SchoolNewtonNew Jersey
Brian HensonWalnut Grove High SchoolProsperTexas
Samuel HjortMission High SchoolMissionTexas
Matt HoweCathedral City High SchoolCathedral CityCalifornia
Cole HuntBurchfield Elementary SchoolOneidaTennessee
Andria HydenBedichek Middle SchoolAustinTexas
Brandi JasonLiberty High SchoolEldersburgMaryland
Sonja JewellLoudoun Country Day SchoolLeesburgVirginia
Jennifer JimenezSouth Miami Sr. High SchoolMiamiFlorida
John JohnsonBoyd County High SchoolAshlandKentucky
Amir JonesThomas W. Harvey High SchoolPainesvilleOhio
Brian JoyceSouth Jones High SchoolEllisvilleMississippi
Wimberly KennedyRed Bank High SchoolChattanoogaTennessee
Larry KennonTroy Christian Junior High/High SchoolTroyOhio
Joshua KrohnBrent Elementary SchoolWashingtonWashington, D.C.
Erin KronzekUnity SchoolDelray BeachFlorida
Sarah LabrieLexington High SchoolLexingtonMassachusetts
J Alan LandersLakenheath High SchoolApoArmed Forces
Eric LapradeThe College of New JerseyEwingNew Jersey
Samantha LealiShenango Junior/Senior High SchoolNew CastlePennsylvania
Richelle LenoirGlobal Leadership Academy High SchoolJacksonvilleFlorida
Lindsay LindermanMurray LaSaine Montessori SchoolCharlestonSouth Carolina
Katanna LinnHighlands Ranch High SchoolHighlands RanchColorado
Candace LoveAugust Boeger Middle SchoolSan JoseCalifornia
Christopher LubkenRobert Service High SchoolAnchorageAlaska
Ryan MackP.S. 10 Magnet School of Math, Science, and Design TechnologyBrooklynNew York
Rebecca MacLeodUniversity of Illinois Urbana ChampaignChampaignIllinois
Adrian MaclinCordova High SchoolMemphisTennessee
Cyndi ManciniMontour High SchoolMcKees RocksPennsylvania
Kate MargravePine Creek High SchoolColorado SpringsColorado
Matt MartindaleShelby County High SchoolColumbianaAlabama
Abigail MartinezErie Middle SchoolErieColorado
Kathleen McCarthyAttleboro High SchoolAttleboroMassachusetts
Leigh Ann McClainGriffin Middle SchoolThe ColonyTexas
Erin McConnellCamillus Middle SchoolCamillusNew York
Lawrence McCrobieValley High SchoolLouisvilleKentucky
Jay McCulleySunset Middle SchoolBrentwoodTennessee
Angela McKennaClassen School of Advanced Studies at Northeast High SchoolOklahoma CityOklahoma
Jonathan R.P. McTier IIIAlief Hastings High SchoolHoustonTexas
Kimberly MeaderGreen Bay Preble High SchoolGreen BayWisconsin
Jessie MersingerNew Brunswick High SchoolNew BrunswickNew Jersey
Adam MewhorterSouthmoore High SchoolMooreOklahoma
James MinnixCentral Connecticut State UniversityNew BritianConnecticut
Jake MitchellHebron Middle SchoolShepherdsvilleKentucky
William J. MolineauxThe Osceola County School for the ArtsKissimmeeFlorida
Darren MotamedyWalter Johnson International AcademyLas VegasNevada
Jonathan MrackoPostlethwait Middle SchoolCamden WyomingDelaware
Curtis MulvenonShawnee Mission West High SchoolOverland ParkKansas
Elizabeth NardoneEM Stanton SchoolPhiladelphiaPennsylvania
Michelle NielsenDiamond Canyon SchoolAnthemArizona
Kelly NiemanAlden Intermediate SchoolAldenNew York
Mallory NortonWeddington High SchoolMatthewsNorth Carolina
Heather OrrMontgomery High SchoolMontgomeryTexas
Augustine OrtizEdgar Allen Poe Middle SchoolSan AntonioTexas
Jeremy OverbeckCentury High SchoolBismarckNorth Dakota
Andrew PahosJohn Sevier Middle SchoolKingsportTennessee
Lindsey ParkerLaguna Beach High SchoolLaguna BeachCalifornia
Andrew PeaseHartwick CollegeOneontaNew York
TJ PelanekUnderwood Public SchoolUnderwoodMinnesota
Justin PetersonMiddle School 67Q Louis PasteurLittle NeckNew York
Anthony PickardDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High SchoolLithoniaGeorgia
Preston PiercePlano West Senior High SchoolPlanoTexas
Thomas PierreRosa L. Parks ESHyattsvilleMaryland
Chris PiersonChaparral High SchoolLas VegasNevada
Jonathan PowellWest End High SchoolWalnut GroveAlabama
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The GRAMMY U Mixtape is a monthly, genre-spanning playlist to quench your thirst for new tunes, all from our talented members. This month's mix of pop, indie and jazz-influenced tracks are the perfect jams to turn on as spring takes full bloom.

Samantha Kopec

|GRAMMYs/May 8, 2024 - 12:50 pm

Did you know that among all GRAMMY U members, songwriting and performance are some of the most sought after fields of study? This playlist dedicates a space to hear what these members are creating today!

The GRAMMY U Mixtape, now available for your listening pleasure, highlights the creations and fresh ideas that members are bringing to this industry directly on the Recording Academy's Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music pages. Our goal is to celebrate GRAMMY U members, as well as the time and effort they put into making original music — from the songwriting process to the final production of the track.

Each month, we accept submissions and feature 15 to 25 songs that match each month’s theme. This month, we’ve crafted the perfect mix of pop, indie, and jazz-inspired tunes to jam to as the sun comes out and spring takes full bloom. Highlighting our Nashville Songwriter Showcase Finalists, alongside lively songs from our members, we're confident you'll discover a new track to freshen up your current rotation. So, what’s stopping you? Press play on GRAMMY U’s Mixtape and listen now on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

Want to be featured on the next playlist? Submit your songs today! We are currently accepting submissions for songs of all genres for consideration for our summer playlist. Whether you write pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, or classical, we want to hear from you. Music must be written and/or produced by the member (an original song) and you must be able to submit a Spotify, Apple Music and/or Amazon Music link to the song. Artists must be a GRAMMY U member to submit.


GRAMMY U is a program that connects aspiring professionals and creatives ages 18-29 with the music industry's brightest and most talented minds. We provide a community for emerging professionals and creatives in addition to various opportunities and tools necessary to start a career in music. Throughout the program year, events and initiatives touch on all facets of the industry, including business, technology, and the creative process.

As part of the Recording Academy's mission to ensure the recorded arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, GRAMMY U establishes the necessary foundation for music’s next generation to flourish.

Not a member, but want to submit to our playlist? Apply for GRAMMY U Membership here.

Former GRAMMY U Reps Heather Howard and Sophie Griffiths contributed to this article.

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