Maki Mae sure has her favourite things lined up this year. The GRAMMY Award has recently announced considering the latest album ‘Seasonal Songbook’ as Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album of the Year and also Best Pop Duo/Group Performance of the Year for nominations this November. An accomplishment, nevertheless, since this will be the first time an Asian woman is included. The Traditional Pop Vocal Album category has been won by Tony Bennett 13 times and only a few artists of color, such as Nat King Cole and John Legend, have been considered.
The album, not only revered as a creative output by some of the greatest musician and creative people in the music industry, was also produced with a far more urgent message. As part of the ‘Stop Asian Hate’ campaign, it is a charity album for the Asian Hall of Fame Medical Relief Fund that helps deploy PPE to seventy-one organisations around the U.S.A and is supported by Seattle-based Robert Chinn Foundation’s Digital Equity Initiative focused on accelerating Asian leadership in mainstream music.
The album saw Maki Mae collaborate with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Robby Krieger of The Doors, grooving to a samba-reggae version of “My Favourite Things”. In the same performance, Brazilian pianist Ed Roth, already being considered for Producer of the Year, brought the song to justice with a Bossa Nova arrangement. Meanwhile Bruce Sugar, as we all remembered to have been Ringo Starr’s engineer, has been nominated for Best Engineered Album of the Year.
Other performers include seven time Grammy winning bassist Kevin Brandon, Jimmy Kimmel Live’s guitarist Toshi Yanagi, Ziggy Marley’s drummer Rock Deadrick, Drummer Leo Costa (Herb Alpert, Sergio Mendes), Steve Valenzuela, Dan Pearson, Joe Calderon, and the Asian Hall of Fame Choir.
In its recent live stream on YouTube, Seattle Seahawks, Port of Seattle, Northern Trust and Robert Chinn Foundation made special appearances in between performance pledging for support for hate crime survivors. The fundraiser live streamed was premiered on August 1, 2021. Click here to watch the performance.
‘Seasonal Songbook’ is now part of the Asian Hall of Fame’s Virtual Music Tour. Following the Seattle Summer Concert on July 31, the next live stream is set to happen on September 18, LA Concert.
Asian Hall of Fame, established in 2004, is a premiere global organization of Asian excellence and racial equity. It advocates for 4.6 billion Asians, Asian American Pacific Islanders, and indigenous tribes.
Maki Mae is a Chinese, Japanese, and Korean American, who has performed at arenas, festivals and for dignitaries including Queen Paola. Mae is the stage name for Maki Hsieh, President & CEO of Asian Hall of Fame, and a Voting Member of The Recording Academy whose membership is 2% Asian.