The Baylor Project Earns Seventh Career GRAMMY® Nomination with Collaboration with Adam Blackstone and Russell Ferranté on “Vulnerable (Live)”

“Vulnerable (Live)” by Adam Blackstone featuring The Baylor Project & Russell Ferranté is nominated for Best Jazz Performance at the 66th GRAMMY ® Awards

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New York, NY – The Baylor Project has added a seventh GRAMMY® nomination to their ever-growing list of accolades. Their collaboration with Emmy® Award-winning musical director, musician and songwriter Adam Blackstone and renowned keyboardist of GRAMMY® Award winning Yellowjackets Russell Ferranté – Vulnerable (Live)”, has earned a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Jazz Performance category at the 66th GRAMMY® Awards. The track is featured on Blackstone’s new album The Legacy Experience Live, which was released this past September.

A follow-up to Blackstone’s star-studded, GRAMMY® nominated 2022 debut Legacy, The Legacy Experience Live comprises 14 live performances from his “The Legacy Experience” pop-up shows, which ran in support of the album across the US. “Vulnerable (Live)”, co-written by Adam’s wife, Kaisha Blackstone and songwriter Jae Deal, is a conversation piece that “unravels the complexities of relationships.” 

“Vulnerable” is one of my favorite songs off the album. It’s a very special record to me that was co-written by my wife. She presented this song to me years ago and this felt like the right time to release it,” shared Blackstone. “The Baylor Project was the right voice and musical accompaniment to bring this vision to life. Here we are now GRAMMY® Nominated…I am so excited to share this with them and Russell Ferrante.”

The Baylor Project shared a similar sentiment regarding the nomination. “We are simply ecstatic to have received a GRAMMY® nomination alongside Adam Blackstone and Russell Ferranté  for “Vulnerable (Live)”.  It was a special moment to share the bandstand again with former Yellowjackets bandmate Russell Ferranté and to be a part of bringing such a beautiful song to life with our good friend, Adam,” shared The Baylor Project in a statement.

The Baylor Project features the soulful and charismatic couple: vocalist Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylor. Prior to forming The Baylor Project in 2013, Jean rose to prominence as one half of the powerhouse R&B duo Zhané in the 1990’s, and Marcus spent a decade in the drum chair of GRAMMY® Award winning fusion group Yellowjackets. Their critically acclaimed debut album, The Journey, was nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards in 2018, and since 2020, the duo has been GRAMMY® nominated for four years in a row. Their decorated, GRAMMY® nominated discography also includes the pandemic-era single “Sit On Down”, NAACP Image Award winning sophomore album Generations, and last year’s sophisticated The Evening : Live at APPARATUS.  

The Baylor Project and Adam Blackstone first came together on record in 2022, on Blackstone’s GRAMMY® nominated album Legacy, featuring a cadre of special guests including Jazmine Sullivan, whose performance of ‘Round Midnight was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category.

Though it was his formal debut, Blackstone has long been an incredibly prominent force as the musical mastermind behind the live shows of many of today’s biggest stars including Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Eminem and more. He’s the musical director for appointment television such as The Oscars, NBC’s “The Voice” and the Grammy Awards as well as numerous BET, VH1 and MTV shows. This is Blackstone’s fourth career-nomination. The Legacy Experience (Live) is nominated for Best Jazz Album this year as well. 

“Vulnerable (Live)” is proudly nominated alongside performances by fellow nominees Lakecia Benjamin, Samara Joy, Jon Batiste and Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch. 

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