Speranza Spalding is an American multi-instrumentalist best known as a jazz bassist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions.
Her mother shares Spalding's interest in music, having nearly become a touring singer herself.But while Spalding cites her mother as a powerful influence who encouraged her musical expansion, she attributes her inspiration for pursuing a life in music to watching classical cellist Yo Yo Ma perform on an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood when she was four.
She also has an interest in other cultures, including Brazil, and respects the artistry inherent in language, commenting specifically, "With Portuguese songs the phrasing of the melody is intrinsically linked with the language, and it’s beautiful". You can check several song in Portuguese. Her Portuguese is so natural and fresh that she seems a Brazilian singer. She can sing in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Check out an interview video with Speranza:
Spalding live at Copenhagen
Speranza at CBS TV program "The Second Cup Café"