For Your Consideration - 64th Grammy Awards
Starlite Ballroom - Valerie Giglio feat. Samuel Cerra
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Starlite Ballroom is the debut Electro Swing collaboration from Valerie Giglio and vibraphonist Samuel Cerra and on the first round ballot in the 64th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song is a tribute to a bygone, vintage era of Big Bands and blends retro swing stylings and jazz vibraphone with modern EDM elements. The song won a Bronze Medal in the Global Music Awards 2021. It was also featured on Immortal Swings, the world's largest 24/7 Electro Swing radio and YouTube Channel.
After first meeting while they were students at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Valerie and Samuel later collaborated to produce a truly unique sound.
Samuel Cerra is a world class, award winning mallet player from Calabria, Italy. He holds multiple music degrees and has performed internationally at the Vatican Museum, Roccella Jazz, Cortale Jazz, Salem Jazz & Soul Festival, and has appeared on National Rai Television (Italy). He was the first prize winner as a timpanist at the
XIII International Competition of Young Musicians in Paola (Italy) and toured with Wizdom Drum Band in Paris. He also has been awarded as Most Active Mallet Performer for two years in a row. Inventiveness, Whimsy, Freshness and Fluidity are key words of Cerra's style which ranges from Classical, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Blues to Fusion and more.
Valerie is a Boston-based artist and newcomer to the Electro Swing genre. She has performed throughout the United States as well as in Malta and Italy and possesses a distinctive lush, retro style and sound with a modern edge that makes her unique in today’s music world. After singing with a jazz trio for many years and recording 2 CD releases including an Italian language CD and a collection of standards, Valerie transitioned to blending classic sounds and vocals with modern EDM elements.
She attended Berklee College of Music where she began to produce and perform her own electronic compositions and interpretations of well known retro hits. She soon found herself embarking on a new musical path of combining her obsession with vintage music with pop and electronic sounds.