Other artists in the category include Thana Alexa’s Ona, Kurt Elling’s Secrets Are the Best Stories featuring Danilo Pérez, Carmen Lundy’s Modern Ancestors, and Kenny Washington’s What’s The Hurry.
Somi’s Holy Room was recorded in an 18th-century opera house during a live concert in May 2019. The album features songs from Somi’s previous releases reimagined into brassy orchestral arrangements by award-winning conductor John Beasley. The illustrious Frankfurt Radio Big Band accompanies the honey-voiced singer with lush dexterity and freshness throughout the concert.
With this Grammy nomination, Somi becomes the first African woman to ever be nominated in any of the jazz categories and the first African artist nominated for a jazz vocal performance.
The awards are scheduled to take place on January 31st, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah.