There will be a stylish touch of Dubrovnik at this year’s Grammy awards. When this year's winners of the 63rd Grammy Music Awards are announced at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, there may be a Croatian woman among them!
Namely, among the nominated musicians is Thana Alexa, a 33-year-old jazz singer and composer, born in New York, daughter of lawyer Radovan Pavelić and Mercy Bona Pavelić, a theatre actress and investment banker. Bona are a famous old Dubrovnik family whose coat of arms is located on numerous palaces in the historic city centre. They owned many properties in the area.
Thana Alexa has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of vocal jazz album, which she recorded in collaboration with the female vocal group "Rosa." And Thana will donate one dollar from each sold copy of this album to the Croatian Solidarity Foundation in the Fund Rescue for emergency assistance to victims of domestic violence.
She lived in Zagreb for several years and speaks Croatian well, studied music as a violinist and vocalist, graduated jazz music at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, and completed her psychology studies at New York University's New School.
Her Dubrovnik singing debut was in the bar of the late Marko Brešković, one of the founders of the Dubrovnik Troubadours. Thana Alexa is married to drummer Antonio Sanchez, a four-time Grammy Award winner who was even nominated for an Oscar for music in the film “Birdman,” directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
- “ONA” is a musical expression of what it means to me to be a woman, says Thana Alexa. - It is my discovery of the wild female spirit within me and the experience I encountered in releasing it. This music is about what I have learned about women’s lives - starting with my own, it is about our experiences, our emotions, our sexuality, our values, our desire for freedom and our ability to overcome injustice by fighting for what we believe in – added the Grammy nominated singer. ONA translates as SHE in English.
We all wish Thana the best of luck at the Grammys.