Orianthi — “Believe” (from Believe [II]) — Believe - Believe (II)

In all of the overheated discussion of the past few days over last weekend’s left-field result of the Grammy race for Best New Artist — in which complete unknown jazz ingenue Esperanza Spalding pulled out a shocker over today’s hottest teenybopper Justin Bieber — a name that was unfairly omitted from the conversation is that of Orianthi, one of last year’s most exciting breakthroughs. Originally slated to be Michael Jackson’s featured guitarist on his show-stopping final world tour, she burst out of the box with a terrific debut album (Believe, released in a pair of configurations) and a staggering radio smash (“According to You,” one of ’10’s standout tracks). But even with the Jacko-related boost, she hasn’t received nearly the amount of attention that her mammoth talent merits, and you just have to trust your Uncle Brandon when he tells you: this gal — and her stunning strumming, natch — are worth keeping a keen eye upon. (As for those Grammys, my last word on the subject is as follows: Bruno, buddy, you really ought to sue.)

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