Raven Quinn appears on Grammy ballots

At about 4 a.m. this morning I received an excited email from tunecore musician Raven Quinn with the subject line "Grammy News!"

Initially I thought the young tunecore, paranormal-influenced artist - whose self-titled debut hit last April - was emailing me to announce she'd be attending the show, but this was much bigger.

Eliciting what she describes as "shocked/happy surprise," Quinn wrote that she's listed on the Official Grammy Ballot for the 2011 Grammy Awards. Her name appears "across several categories including rock, pop, record of the year, album of the year and best new artist."

This is essentially a pre-nomination phase for Quinn, and the next step is for members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to vote and determine who should be nominated for a Grammy.

We've been following Quinn's music since last spring and it appears she might be poised to take a big leap to the majors. More as the story develops, but in the meantime, a few of her songs are embedded below.