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ESPERANZA SPALDING was hailed as a produgy in her teens. Her early career was marked by a quick rise, and she achieved extraordinary success at a young age. Today, Esperanza Spalding is a one-of-a-kind musician who has been compared to jazz greats of the past. In a headline, NPR Music has called her The 21st Century Jazz Genius, she's a virtuoso instrumentalist, and has been called "the best jazz vocalist since Etta James." Check out this month's Music Alive! cover story to learn more.

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  • A Cappella has a history as old as humanity, but modern day the genre is as popular as ever.

  • Esperanza Spalding’s “Formwela 10” is a somber acknowledgement of the hurt we can cause those we
    love the most.

  • Many artists consider “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys to be the greatest song of all time.

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Hear the Music: This monthly playlist accompanies every issue of Music Alive!

  1. Formwela 10 Esperanza Spalding 3:29
  2. Junjo Esperanza Spalding, Aruan Ortiz & Francisco Mela 5:14
  3. God Only Knows (Remastered) The Beach Boys 2:53
  4. Chacarera Esperanza Spalding 6:41
  5. Dies Irae The Benedictine Monks Of St. Pierre 6:41
  6. Primo Libro di madrigali, SV 23–39: V. Baci soavi, e cari Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew, Miriam Allan, Hannah Morrison, Marie Gautrot and Lisandro Abadie 3:25
  7. I'll Be Seeing You The Whiffenpoofs 2:04
  8. Play That Barbershop Chord Power Play 3:23
  9. St. Louis Blues The Mills Brothers 2:20
  10. Mister Sandman The Chordettes 2:26
  11. Vivace: Concerto For 2 Violins In D Minor BWV 1043 The Swingle Singers 3:18
  12. Pirim Pin Pin Vocal Sampling 3:39
  13. The Longest Time [Clean] Billy Joel 3:43
  14. Thank You Boyz II Men 4:35
  15. Don't Worry Be Happy Bobby McFerrin 4:54
  16. Something to Fall Back On Todd Rundgren 4:17
  17. Don't Stop Believin' (Glee Cast Version) Glee Cast 3:52
  18. Proud Mary BYU Noteworthy 3:32
  19. Hallelujah Pentatonix 4:29
  20. Keep On the Sunny Side The Carter Family 2:53
  21. Everybody Will Be Happy The Staple Singers 2:36
  22. Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips 4:39
  23. Good Vibrations (Remastered 2001) The Beach Boys 3:37
  24. ABC Jackson 5 2:58
  25. We've Only Just Begun The Carpenters 3:05
  26. How Deep Is Your Love Bee Gees 4:02
  27. We Are Family Sister Sledge 3:37