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James Taylor, Grace Potter and Marcus King Nominated in Traditional Pop, Rock and Americana Categories

 This morning, Fantasy artists received four GRAMMY nominations in an eclectic group of categories including traditional pop, rock and Americana. The nominees include James Taylor, whose American Standard was recognized for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Grace Potter with two nominations, Best Rock Album for Daylight and Best Rock Performance for the track, “Daylight” and Marcus King whose El Dorado received a nod for Best Americana Album. 

Today’s GRAMMY recognition represents the 19th GRAMMY nomination of James Taylor’s illustrious career. Previously, the legendary singer-songwriter won five GRAMMY Awards.  Produced by Dave O’Donnell, John Pizzarelli and James Taylor, American Standard infuses new sounds and fresh meaning into some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century. Greeted with glowing reviews, the collection sold over 82,000 albums in its first week, debuting at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart and #1 on its Top Album Sales, Top Rock, and Top Americana/Folk charts. American Standard is Taylor’s 13th Top 10 album overall and with it, he became the first artist ever with Top 10 albums in each of the last six decades. 

Last week, Taylor surprised his fans with Over The Rainbow – The American Standard EP , a new three track collection that includes the previously unreleased Wizard of Oz classic, “Over The Rainbow,” along with “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face,” from the musical My Fair Lady, and “Never Never Land,” from the musical Peter Pan. Watch the “Over The Rainbow” visualizer HERE. Additionally, Taylor will perform “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” (a track from American Standard) tonight on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!

Grace Potter’s cathartic and emotionally raw Daylight, produced by Eric Valentine is the most revealing and musically daring work she has ever released. Earthy and real, Daylight is a resilient rollercoaster of sparkling songwriting and unforgettable performances — a commanding, career-defining statement of power and purpose. Just today, Grace shared a powerful new music video for “Eachother (Together Mix),” via The clip features performances from fans across the country. The song “Eachother”, written during the early days of quarantine, was originally released this summer and features vocals from Jackson Browne, Marcus King, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius. Grace’s twin GRAMMY nominations are the second and third of her career; she earned her first GRAMMY nomination in 2011 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “You And Tequila” with Kenny Chesney.

Marcus King’s genre-bending debut solo record, El Dorado, produced by Dan Auerbach further established the guitar phenom as an innovative songwriter and one of the most soulful voices of his generation. A contemporary sonic exploration of classic rock, blues, southern R&B and country-soul, El Dorado was written and recorded at Auerbach’s Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, with legendary writers including Paul Overstreet, Ronnie Bowman and Pat McLaughlin. The pair also enlisted revered studio musicians including drummer Gene Chrisman and keyboard player Bobby Wood, whose work as members of the American Sound Studio band included classics like Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man,” Elvis Presley’s, “Suspicious Minds,” and hits by Bobby Womack, Joe Tex and many others.  Today’s GRAMMY nomination is the first ever of Marcus’ increasingly bright career.

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