My First Grammy Win – Paul Avgerinos

“My First Grammy Win” is a new series by Vision4Music spotlighting musicians’ experiences winning the coveted award from The Recording Academy.

Vision4Music would like to congratulate the talented Paul Avgerinos – a spiritual (and hard working) Artist, Composer and Producer from Redding, CT who won his first Grammy in the recent 58th Grammy Awards. His album “Grace” won Best New Age Album and we caught up with Paul to interview him about winning his first Grammy Award.

Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVC Acceptance

Paul Avgerinos

Vision4Music: Tell us about the journey to winning a Grammy, how long have you been going for that golden gramophone and have you ever come close before this year’s win?

Paul Avgerinos: As I said in my acceptance speech, I’ve been dreaming of winning a Grammy since it was first awarded in [the] New Age [category] to Andreas Vollenweider in 1987, almost 30 years ago. I was nominated the year before with my album called BHAKTI and have been part of several other nominated albums but this is my first win and very special to me.

V4M: How prepared were you when your name was called at the awards ceremony?

PA: I woke up that day with a very strong premonition of victory and started the day by crying for about 20 minutes, releasing a lot of strong pent up emotions so I would not cry during my speech. I had four general areas planned for coverage in my speech later on and I was very grateful to remember them all.

V4M: Your win was in the “New Age” category, how would you describe your music?

PA: For me, New Age is any music that has a Spiritual quality – healing, calming, uplifting, inspiring in a Dharmic way.

Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVC Best New Age AlbumV4M: What was the inspiration/intention/motive behind “Grace”?

PA: This album is an honoring and an offering to my Sat Guru AMMA and the Divine presence of Grace that has the power to transform and heal. This Grace is active within and around us if we are open to perceiving it. Grace can be invited into your life and always responds when the time and circumstances are right.

V4M: What is your songwriting process like? (That’s a loaded question, but is there a common starting place for you and things that help you along the way in crafting what you’re trying to express?)

PA: I always start with the larger archetypal message and purpose – “Who will listen to this album?
What will they be doing while listening? How will this album serve them?” Once I have a clear idea of purpose and direction, I do channelling invocations and meditations to become an instrument of the Divine. As I go deeper and deeper into the forest of musical details, I always keep referring back to the archetypal guidelines established at the outset. This keeps me on mission and on target.

V4M: A Grammy Award is regarded as one of highest (if not the highest) accolades a musician in the United States can receive, what does winning a Grammy Award mean to you?

PA: It is truly gratifying and humbling to receive this accolade and approval from the academy members, who are the very best of the best in the music field. The Grammy Award is a confirmation that all my 30 years of hard work were worthwhile and that I am doing the work I was meant to do in this world.

V4M: What’s next for you?

Paul Averginos Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVC Juliana JoyPA: I am 11 tracks into my AMMA album of gratitude and devotion to our amazing Sat Guru Amma. Jen and I got Amma’s blessing to have a baby last Feb 20 in India and Jen’s due date WAS Feb 20 of this year ! 12 days after the Grammys, on Feb 27, our precious daughter Juliana Joy was born and the AMMA album is in gratitude for this miracle and for all the other tremendous blessings that Amma is bringing into our lives.

V4M:. What advice would you have for any songwriter and musician trying to get their songs heard and potentially win a Grammy Award someday?

PA: Hold fast to your dreams and inspirations but remember – it is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration.
Take rejection in stride and keep working hard with 5 and 10 year career plans. It is always darkest right before the dawn and I’ve experienced this MANY times in my own career. Believe in yourself and work REALLY REALLY hard !

Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVCV4M: Thank you so much for your time and all the best in your future endeavors, anything else you would like to share with our readers?

PA: My pleasure! this is a great time for young people coming up in the business. Streaming and social media make reaching your fans easier than ever especially with niche genres like New Age. Enjoy the ride !!!

 

Watch Paul’s emotional Grammy Award acceptance speech here:

 

 

 

2016 GRAMMY WIN: David Bowie’s “Blackstar” Instrumental Arranger Maria Schneider Acceptance Speech

2016 GRAMMY WIN: David Bowie’s “Blackstar” Instrumental Arranger Maria Schneider Acceptance Speech

David Bowie’s final album “Blackstar” left an impression on society as a whole and the music world. When the 58th Grammy Award Nominations rolled around, the parting album got a nod and then finally won for Best Arrangement (Instrumental) with Maria Schneider. Schneider gave an emotional acceptance speech you can watch here:

 

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The Complete 58th Grammy Awards List of Winners

Grammy Awards Winner 2016 58th Grammys Alabama Shakes

The Complete 58th Grammy Awards List of Winners

Record of the Year: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989
Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”Grammy Awards Winner 2016 58th Grammys Alabama Shakes
Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton
Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, 2016 Grammy Awards, Candids
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Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, “These Walls”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Best Rock Album: Muse, Drones
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Best R&B Album: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah
Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
Best R&B Song: D’Angelo and The Vanguard, “Really Love”
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway, “Little Ghetto Boy”
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now”
Best Music Video: Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Best Country Song: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Best Music Film: Amy Winehouse, Amy
Best Rap/Song Collaboration: Common & John Legend, “Glory”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift, 1989
Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Tobymac, This Is Not a Test
Best Roots Gospel Album: The Fairfield Four, Still Rockin’ My Soul
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Pitbull, Dale
Best Latin Pop Album: Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)
Best Comedy Album: Louis C.K., Live at Madison Square Garden
Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Birdman
Best Gospel Album: Israel & Newbreed, Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe)
Best Gospel Performance/Song: Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Francesca Battistelli, “Holy Spirit”
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus, Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Augustin Hadelich, “Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes”
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Eighth Blackbird, “Filament”
Best Choral Performance: Charles Bruffy, “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil”
Best Opera Recording: Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus, “Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade”
Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman
Best New Age Album: Paul Avgerinos, Grace
Best Surround Sound Album: Roger Waters, Amused to Death
Best Orchestral Performance: Boston Symphony Orchestra, “Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10”
Best Classical Compendium: Giancarlo Guerrero, Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment; Veil of Tears & Grand Concerto
Kendrick Lamar, 2016 Grammy Awards
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Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary, Go Go Juice
Best Folk Album: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar
Best Bluegrass Album: The Steeldrivers, The Muscle Shoals Recordings
Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free
Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell, “24 Frames”
Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”
Best Tropical Latin Album: Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, Son De Panamá
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Los Tigres Del Norte, Realidades – Deluxe Edition
Best Children’s Album: Tim Kubart, Home
Best World Album: Angélique Kidjo, Sings
Best Reggae Album: Morgan Heritage, Strictly Roots
Best Latin Jazz Album: Eliane Elias, Made in Brazil
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Maria Schneider, The Thompson Fields
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield, Past Present
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Cécile McLorin Salvant, For One to Love
Best Surround Sound Album: James Guthrie and Joel Plante, Amused To Death
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Best Historical Album: Various artists; The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Various Artists, The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)
Best Album Notes: Joni Mitchell, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced
Best Recording Package: Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves; Asleep at the Wheel, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Maria Schneider, “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)”
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Avi Kaplin, Kirstin Taylor, Kevin K.O. Olusola; “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy”
Best Instrumental Composition: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite”
MusiCares Person of the Year: Lionel Richie