Burt Bacharach and Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
Free-spirited, fearless and fierce, Crow has garnered nine GRAMMY Awards, sold millions of records, and is a cancer survivor and passionate humanitarian. In 2010, Crow unveiled her soul stylings on 100 Miles From Memphis. ~Her other albums include Tuesday Night Music Club (1993), Sheryl Crow (1996), The Globe Sessions (1998), Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live At Central Park (1999), C'mon, C'mon (2002), The Very Best of Sheryl Crow (2003), Wildflower (2005) and Detours (2008). Crow also supports a variety of environmental and health-related charities.
A multi-platinum-selling, five-time GRAMMY Award-nominated entertainer, Feinstein has been dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook" and is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. He regularly performs 200-plus shows a year. ~Feinstein is nationally recognized for his commitment to celebrating America's popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. He serves on the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, which is charged with ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage
Best known for her sultry vocals and tasteful interpretations of the American Songbook, Krall is Canada's premiere Jazz Artist. Her 1999 album, When I Look in Your Eyes, won the GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album and became the first jazz record in twenty-five years to be nominated for Album of the Year. Her latest album, Quiet Nights, topped both Pop and Jazz charts. Krall balances a demanding international touring and recording schedule while raising two sons with her husband, musician Elvis Costello.
A GRAMMY Award-winning singer, composer and actor, Lovett has broadened the definition of American music. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has also appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. His accolades include four GRAMMY Awards, the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award, and Lovett was recently named the 2011 Texas State Musician. Lovett's latest album is Release Me (2012).
An actor, screenwriter and producer, Myers is an alumna of~Saturday Night Live, where he created such popular characters as "Dieter" and "Wayne Campbell." Myers starred in~Wayne's World,~Shrek,~and the~Austin Powers~film series. Other credits include~So I Married an Axe Murderer~and~Inglourious Basterds.~Myers' honors include four American Comedy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Lucille Ball Legacy of Laughter, an AFI award, and two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - one for him and another for his character "Shrek."
An Anglo-Pakistini singer and songwriter, Rumer's debut album, Seasons Of My Soul, was released to commercial and critical acclaim in the UK in 2010. ~It has since scooped the coveted Mojo Magazine Award for Breakthrough Act and earned Rumer nominations for two BRIT Awards. Rumer's classic, contemporary take on soulful pop has won many fans including Elton John, Jamie Cullum and Burt Bacharach. Rumer will release her new album,~Boys Don't Cry,~featuring the lead single "P.F Sloan" in May 2012.
A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval, born in Cuba, began studying classical trumpet at age twelve. He is today one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. Sandoval has been awarded six GRAMMY Awards and nominated 12 times; he has also received six Billboard Awards and one Emmy Award. Sandoval is also a retired professor, and maintains one of the most extensive educational programs in the music industry.
A talented singer/songwriter, Shelea began playing piano at age seven. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in piano from Oakwood College.~ Since then, Shelea has performed with Stevie Wonder, been featured as a vocalist or songwriter on albums of artists such as Usher, Jessica Simpson, Yolanda Adams and Take 6.~ Her song, "Love Fell on Me," was featured in the film~Jumping the Broom~(2011). Sheléa's debut album is scheduled for release later this year.
Over the course of Wonder's career, this legendary artist, songwriter, musician and producer has amassed 25 GRAMMY Awards, the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Academy Award. The youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, Wonder has been honored not only for his music but for extraordinary humanitarian efforts, philanthropic leadership and generosity of spirit. In 2009 he was the second recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by President Obama. Currently, Wonder is a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on persons with disabilities.