The 2017 Grammy Awards show is just around the corner. The nominees have been announced have been announced and their are some New Jersey natives that we at Hip New Jersey wanted to showcase.
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, or better known by her stage name, Halsey, has been nominated as a feature artist in two different categories. She has been nominated for best pop duo/group performance for the Chainsmokers song “Closer.” Halsey is also a feature artist on Justin Bieber’s album “Purpose,” which is nominated for album of the year.
Halsey started her career as a YouTube cover artist, but eventually started to make her own music. She is signed to Astralwerks, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group that focuses on electronic and dance music. Halsey is a electronic pop singer and songwriter.
In her short career Halsey has released an album and headlined her own tour. Halsey is only 22-years old and already has two Grammy nominations. Though she is still young, Halsey is on her way to stardom.
Another homegrown musician that is nominated for a Grammy is Peter Erskine. Erskine is a jazz drummer that has had a tremendously successful career. Erskine is nominated for the best instrumental album. His album is titled, “Dr. Um.”
Erskine has worked on over 600 albums and film scores throughout his career. Erskine has worked with many big name artists. Some of the artists he has worked with include: Barbra Streisand, Seth Macfarlane, Michael Bublé and many more. Modern Drummer Magazine has voted Erskine the best jazz drummer ten times throughout his career.
Erskine has received many awards and accolades throughout his 45 year career. Erskine owns his own recording label called Fuzzy Music. He has already won two Grammy’s for best large jazz ensemble album. Erskine was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music.
We here at Hip New Jersey, are cheering for Halsey and Peter Erskine to win their categories and make New Jersey proud.