Earl Klugh’s The Spice of Life Nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY® Awards

Earl Klugh’s The Spice of Life Nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY® Awards
ATLANTA, GA (December 3, 2008) – GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Earl Klugh received his 12th career GRAMMY nomination today in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for his latest project, The Spice of Life. The winners will be announced at the 51st annual GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2009. The Spice of Life is Klugh’s first full-production album in nine years following his GRAMMY-nominated solo release, Naked Guitar, which earned Klugh his 11th career GRAMMY nomination in 2006.
The Spice of Life is an iTunes Jazz bestseller for 2008, reached the Top Five Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums, and produced a Top Five single, Driftin’, on the Billboard and R&R smooth jazz songs charts. In Earl’s January 2009 Acoustic Guitar feature, Adam Levy writes “Spice’s variety makes for an intriguing listen, and it’s just that sort of variety that has propelled Klugh’s career for more than three decades.”
This new Klugh collection touches on the many inspirations of Earl’s lifetime, playing through with the authority and impact of a greatest-hits album, and at the same time, the fresh discovery of a journeyman still in the prime of his creativity. Klugh reflects, “I wanted to create something that would encompass a wide spectrum of directions: solo, standards, originals, electronic, acoustic and orchestral. I wanted to make a recording that would reflect where I am at this moment in my life, and something I am proud to present to my fans.”
Highlighting Earl’s Spice of Life tour, he has been playing across the U.S., internationally, and recently performed at the White House for a dinner hosted by President Bush honoring American Jazz.
During his multi-million-selling career of more than 30 years, Klugh has recorded 22 Top Ten charting records – four of them Number One – on Billboard’s Jazz Album charts. As a composer and songwriter, Klugh’s credit appears on recordings by Aretha Franklin, Jamie Foxx, Roberta Flack, Mary J. Blige, Al Jarreau and many others. He has been invited to play as a guest artist by such diverse peers and admirers as Jimmy Buffett, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis and Brenda Russell. Additionally, Klugh has collaborated on legendary albums with George Benson and Bob James, and Earl currently hosts an annual event at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, in which March 2009 will mark his 6th annual “Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor.”
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Audrey Birnbaum
Earl Klugh, Inc.

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