Albion’s Michael and Tanya Trotter will be part of a star-studded “Grammy Moment” performance. The band also released two new singles on Friday. Learn more at Local Spins.
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It’s another step forward in the growing national profile of Michigan’s own The War & Treaty.
The soulful band led by Albion’s Michael and Tanya Trotter will perform at the 2020 Grammy Awards taking place Sunday night (Jan. 26) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and broadcast live on CBS TV starting at 8 p.m.
The War & Treaty has been tabbed to play during what producers describe as a signature “Grammy Moment” during the 62nd annual Grammy Awards show, which Michael Trotter described as a “spectacular” display of stars.
“We’re extremely excited,” he told Local Spins. “It’s a huge step and we’re excited about it all.”
The Grammys announced today that the performance is a tribute to Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich and acknowledges “the importance of music education in schools to the Recording Academy, Grammy Museum and Ehrlich.”
The War and Treaty will join Camila Cabello, Gary Clark Jr., John Legend, Debbie Allen, Joshua Bell, Common, Misty Copeland, Lang Lang, Cyndi Lauper and Ben Platt in performing “I Sing the Body Electric” from the film, “Fame.”
In a prepared statement, Ehrlich called it “unforgettable” and a dream to bring “high-caliber artists” such as these together on one stage.
Today’s announcement comes the same day that The War & Treaty begins rehearsals for the show in Los Angeles and a day before the band releases a pair of brand new singles.
NEW SINGLE TO DEBUT FRIDAY FOR LOCAL SPINS ON WYCE
Tune in to Local Spins on WYCE (88.1 FM) at 11 a.m. Friday for the on-air debut of one of those songs, the pop-leaning “Jealousy.” (Update: Scroll down to listen to “Jealousy” and another new tune,
The War & Treaty has been steadily ascending the ranks, releasing a much-buzzed-about album, “Healing Tide,” that was recorded in Nashville and winning “emerging act of the year” honors in 2019 from the Americana Music Association.
They had previously won album of the year and song of the year honors at the WYCE-FM Jammie Awards in Grand Rapids. The band plays Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 27, then mounts a tour of Australia in April.
April also happens to be the month when West Michigan drummer Madison George (Blushing Monk, Earth Radio) will join The War & Treaty full-time on tour. George declared on Facebook that he’s “super stoked” to get a chance to play the New Orlean Jazz Festival and travel overseas with the fast-rising band.
As for Sunday’s Grammy Awards, other stars announced as performers for the nationally televised show include Billy Eilish, Lizzo, Aerosmith, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Run D.M.C., Tyler the Creator and more. The show is hosted by Alicia Keys.
This year’s show has been overshadowed by controversy surrounding the recent ousting of Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan, who responded by filing a complaint against the Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences that alleges corruption in voting practices as well as other purported problems.
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