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Esperanza Spalding Bio / Get the Look

Multi-talented jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding has a totally unique musical style and background! We’ve also noticed she has a strong sense of personal style as well - she wore a crinkly mustard colored dress and bright pink shoes to accept her Grammy Award this year - what else does this talented young lady have in her closet?

From School to Stage

Born in 1984, Esperanza Spalding grew up in what she describes as a “bad neighbourhood” in Portland, Oregon. She says she was influenced by classical cellist Yo Yo Ma performing on an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood when she was only four years old! She taught herself to play the violin by age five and by age 15, she was already performing gigs onstage in Portland! Check out her performance on the show Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Esperanza’s Eclectic Style

Esperanza’s unique personal style is a bit boyish and a bit vintage inspired! She loves to mix boyish vests with heavy beaded necklaces, feminine blouses and flat lace-up shoes or pair a mannish blazer with a lace top. What we love about her outfits is the way she throws together unexpected items!

Accepting a Grammy Award earlier this year!Accepting a Grammy Award earlier this year!
Loving her lace and bold pattern comboLoving her lace and bold pattern combo

Raid Her Wardrobe!

Esperanza is a big fan of accessories - we love her cool head scarfs and head bands! A chunky bold necklace, a sparkly pair of ballet flats or high heels paired with skinny jeans makes a big statement with minimal effort. She loves to wear girly tops and blouses but makes it look less frilly by pairing them with flat shoes and funky accessories. On or off stage, she wears what she likes and looks comfortable in it, exactly what fashion is supposed to be about!

Pairing a beaded necklace with a white vestPairing a beaded necklace with a white vest
In a boyish vest and tie!In a boyish vest and tie!

Fun Facts!

  • She attended the prestigious performing arts schools, Northwest Academy in Portland, Oregon on scholarship!
  • Can sing in three languages - English, Spanish and Portuguese!
  • Started writing lyrics when she was 15 for local indie rock/pop group Noise for Pretend.
  • Played oboe and clarinet before discovering the bass in high school.
  • Played with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon until she was 15.
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