The Arts

Two Baha'i musicians receive Grammy nominations

NEW YORK — Two Bahá'í musicians received separate nominations for a 2006 Grammy Award, the music industry's best known and most prestigious awards.

Singer songwriter Red Grammer received a nomination for “best musical album for children” for his 2005 album, BeBop Your Best.

Jazz singer Tierney Sutton received a nomination in the “jazz vocal album” category for her 2005 album I'm With the Band.

The nominations were announced in New York on 8 December 2005.

Finalists were announced on 8 February 2006 and, although neither artist won in their categories, nominations for Grammy Awards are nevertheless considered quite prestigious in and of themselves.

BeBop Your Best is Mr. Grammer's sixth album for children. Its songs focus on the development of moral character, with titles like “Truthfulness,” “Responsibility,” “Kindness,” and “Integrity.” The songs on the album were co-written with veteran songwriter Pamela Phillips Oland.

“One of the really cool things about getting a Grammy nomination for an album like this is that it is all about character, which is somewhat unusual for a popular album,” said Mr. Grammer, who has been a Bahá'í for 33 years.

Mr. Grammer said the nomination was also personally significant because “it reflects recognition of excellence by the music industry.”

“It isn't a nomination by your listeners,” he said. “It is a nomination by your colleagues.”

Long known for his upbeat and inspiring songs for young people, Mr. Grammer has won considerable recognition for his previous albums, many of which also touch on Bahá'í themes, such as the need to treat all people with equality. His album Teaching Peace was recognized as one of the “top five” children's recordings of all time by the “All Music Guide.”

Ms. Sutton's I'm With the Band album was recorded live in March 2005 at Birdland in New York. Produced by Elaine Martone, I'm With the Band is Ms. Sutton's first live recording and her sixth album.

Ms. Sutton, who has been a Bahá'í since 1981, said she was deeply gratified to be nominated for a Grammy.

“The way we arrange our music is based on the principle of consultation, and our band is very much run on Bahá'í principles,” said Ms. Sutton. “So there is very much a sense with everybody in the band that what we do is essentially a spiritual thing.”

In June 2005, Tierney won JazzWeek's Vocalist of the Year Award.

The Grammy Awards are the music industry's best known and most prestigious award. They are granted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc., an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals, who each year choose the nominees and final award winners.

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