Father of Late Sandy Hook Student Nominated for a Grammy
One very talented saxophonist would seem to have it all. The musician has been nominated for 2 Grammys but this did not come without pain. Jimmy Greene's daughter died in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. He created a tribute album in memory of his late daughter. So this nomination is definitely bittersweet.
Greene earned his first pair of Grammy nominations for best arrangement, instruments and vocals for "When I Come Home" and best jazz instrumental album for "Beautiful Life," which he created in honor of Ana Marquez-Greene and also features her vocals.
"It's amazing, but to be honest with you I wish the album never had to be made," Greene said in a phone interview Monday. "I wish my little girl were here; that I didn't have to pay tribute to her, that I could have her here. It's very bittersweet."
He started working on the album shortly after he lost his beautiful daughter. She too loved to sing and perform.
"It was incredibly painful at the time the songs were written. It was a few months after she was killed," he said. "I was at my work station where I compose and my face wet with tears doing a lot of the writing, but I really felt like I wanted the world to hear a little bit about how my daughter lived."
A portion of the proceeds from "Beautiful Life" will benefit The Artists Collective, where Greene studied and taught, and The Ana Grace Project, founded by his wife Nelba Marquez-Greene, a marriage and family therapist.
"(We're) trying to promote empathy and compassion in young kids to hopefully prevent these instances of gun violence like the one that took my daughter's life," he said of The Ana Grace Project.
H/T CTV News