More news about the Hamilton Cast Recording and the Hamilton Mixtape from BroadwayWorld.com. What an honor to have played a small part in this!

The Music Business Association will celebrate the massive success of the Hamilton Original Cast Recording and the HamiltonMixtape albums with an Outstanding Achievement Award on May 18 at 12:30 p.m. CT during the Music Biz 2017 convention's Awards Luncheon at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville.

The Hamilton Original Cast Recording, which has been certified 3x-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), scored the highest Billboard 200 debut week for a cast recording in over half a century at #12, became the first-ever Broadway cast album to reach #1 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart, and was the best-selling Broadway cast album of both 2015 and 2016. It earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Musical Theater Album and was nominated for a 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo, Group, or Collaboration.

The Hamilton Mixtape - produced by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of The Roots and featuring Busta Rhymes, Nas, Usher, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa, John Legend, Common, Chance The Rapper, and more - posted the largest first-week sales for a compilation album since 2012, becoming the first compilation to top the Billboard 200 chart in two years. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard's Rap Albums, Top Current Albums, R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and Current Digital Albums charts and was named one of Billboard's "50 Best Albums of 2016."

"In addition to launching a revolution in the theater world, Hamilton has been a major presence among the music industry's best-sellers with its Original Cast Recording and unprecedented Mixtape album, featuring some of the biggest names in R&B and Hip-Hop performing the musical's songs," said James Donio, President of Music Biz. "The music of Hamilton has clearly touched a nerve in popular culture, and we are thrilled to honor its accomplishments with our Outstanding Achievement Award."

Am honored to have been named the Interim Editor of The American Harp Journal. Following Elizabeth Huntley's brilliant work as the previous editor will be an exciting challenge and I look forward to being a part of this historic publication.

Am excited to share Broadway harp music and stories with the New Jersey Chapter of the American Harp Society on Monday, January 9th. (Article on the subject forthcoming in the next issue of the American Harp Journal.) Did you know that the harp is being used more and more on Broadway as a rhythm instrument? Fun stuff! Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Just learned that I'm on Lin Manuel Miranda's latest recording, "The Hamilton Mixtape"! He used tracks from the Hamilton cast recording on this latest project. Am thrilled and honored by this. Hope you'll check it out. Available on December 2nd, but you get 4 songs immediately when you preorder from iTunes, including the timely and important song "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)."

Am honored to have been awarded a grant from the American Harp Society in support of my plans to study the Barque Triple Harp with the world-renowned Historical Harp scholar and performer, Mara Galassi, at her summer institute in Chiara, Italy next year. Still looking for additional funding, but I'm hoping to finally be able to make this dream come true! Thank you, American Harp Society, for your support!

As of October 27th, the "Hamilton" cast recording has sold more than 2 million copies! That's the second double platinum cast recording that I've had the honor of playing on. "Wicked" went double platinum on November 8th, 2010. What fun!

Laura Sherman

Laura Sherman is a New York-based harpist with extensive experience in classical, popular and commercial music. Harpist with the Broadway production of "Wicked" and founder of Gotham Harp Publishing, a harp music publishing company specializing in quality transcriptions of early music and works by contemporary composer, she also performs with a variety of classical ensembles in the tri-state area.

A versatile and well-traveled musician, Laura has performed, toured and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Jewel, Meredith Monk, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti, Marvin Hamlisch, Jon Faddis, James Galway, and Joshua Bell. Featured on WNYC's "Sound Check," "The CBS Sunday Morning Show" and "The Today Show," she has performed in many of the great concert halls in New York City and Europe. Tours with three Broadway shows have taken her around the world, with extended stays in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, Hamburg, Zurich, twenty-six cities in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

Laura's life-long love of Johann Sebastian Bach's music inspired her to study with Rosalyn Tureck at her Bach Research Institute in Oxford, England. The end results, critical performance editions for harp of the complete Lute Suites by Bach, became her doctoral dissertation at the University of Michigan and were published in June 2012 by Gotham Harp Publishing. Laura was featured at the American Harp Society's 2012 Conference in New York City, performing and giving a master class on Bach's Lute Suites. She also gave a lecture-recital on this topic at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1999. She has also been invited to give a Bach presentation at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia in the summer of 2014.

Laura has had the honor of performing at numerous weddings and special events throughout the tri-state area during the last twenty years. Her passion, experience and beautiful gold harp always add a memorable, elegant touch. After nearly seven years of performing during tea-time at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, she is an expert at tailoring repertoire to the tastes of diverse audiences.

Laura teaches privately and as an adjunct harp instructor at Hunter College in Manhattan. She has written articles for the American Harp Journal and the World Harp Congress Review about Marcel Grandjany and Susan Jolles, Playing Bach on the Harp, and Maurice Ravel's Introduction and Allegro.