Friday, December 11, 2015 — (NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Accomplished artist, writer, composer and label head Armand Hutton has received his first GRAMMY® nomination for Best Arrangement – Instrumental or A Capella. The Recording Academy selected Hutton’s arrangement of Committed’s “Do You Hear What I Hear” from the album Home for Christmas (Mixed Bag Music Group, LLC) for the honor. This is also the first GRAMMY® nomination for a capella group Committed, who won Season 2 of NBC’s hit series The Sing-Off!
From childhood, Hutton performed on stages around the world accompanying his mother Noelette Leader - a professional gospel singer. In 2003, Hutton joined Hidden Beach Recordings vocal group Naturally 7 as their bass singer. The group toured worldwide, performing with Quincy Jones, Coldplay, Ludacris, David Foster, Jamie Foxx and others. But contemporary audiences may know them best as the opening act for Michael Bublé for the past 6 years. Bublé has featured the group on four of his albums as well as on numerous national TV appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen, TODAY, Tavis Smiley, CNN, Live with Kelly & Michael and more. Hutton departed the group at the end of 2014 to form his own label, Hutton Records.
“Hutton Records will provide an avenue for artists who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be heard, but whose music touches people’s souls,” says Hutton. “I have modeled Hutton Records after the legendary Motown and Stax labels of the 60s and 70s. Their music spoke for the people and both labels became a symbol not only for their surrounding communities, but became the voice of African-American culture.”
Hutton has composed, written and arranged for numerous artists including Michael Bublé, Committed and Naturally 7, who landed the Top 10 hit “Need You With Me” on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Chart.
In addition to music, Hutton has produced two audio books: Group Harmony: The Black Urban Roots of Rhythm and Blues and The Emasculation of the American Negro - both of which are available on iTunes and Audible.com.
The 58th GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.