Reaves and Meldavians on Grammy ballot
by Frank Ruggiero
‘The Biggest Voice in Boone’ is going national.
According to area singer-songwriter Melissa Reaves, she and Americana rock outfit The Meldavians have been placed on the official ballot for the 55th annual Grammy Awards for their recent collaboration.
Reaves, who teamed with The Meldavians on their recent album, “Farewell Arigemon,” was notified of the ballot nomination Tuesday, Oct. 16.
“It’s an incredible honor to be placed on the ballot,” Reaves said in an email announcement. “The next step is a voting process by which (The Recording) Academy members narrow the nominees down to the final top five in each category.”
According to Reaves, she and The Meldavians are on the ballot twice for Best Rock Performance, once for Best Rock Song and once for Best Americana Album.
“I’m been so very exited this week with this news,” Reaves said in the announcement. “You all know, firsthand, I might add, how wonderfully rewarding and equally difficult this road has been.”
The Meldavians are comprised of jazz pianist Dave Fox, blues guitarist Scott Sawyer and Boone’s vocal powerhouse, Reaves. The group was formed in 2011 to bring life to a project written, created and composed by Fox, “Farewell Arigemon,” released Jan. 1.
Reaves and Fox have performed together on occasion for some 15 years, and, according to Fox, “Farewell Arigemon” was written with Reaves in mind. Reaves, in turn, contributed two original tracks to the album.
Now, she’s hitting the campaign trail, as it were, asking voting members of The Recording Academy to kindly consider The Meldavians. The ballots have been sent to members, she said, and must be received by the academy by Oct. 31.