Recording Academy® Board of Trustees Elects Tammy Hurt, Rico Love, Om’Mas Keith and Christine Albert as National Officers
SANTA MONICA, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Recording Academy® announced its newly elected national board leaders today at the organization’s annual spring board meeting in May. Tammy Hurt has been elected chair of the board of directors and Rico Love will serve as vice chair. Om’Mas Keith has been elected Secretary / Treasurer and Christine Albert continues her role as President Emeritus. All officer appointments take effect immediately.
“I am in awe of the incredibly talented group who have been elected to lead this new era of the Academy and truly excited for the possibilities as I begin this journey with Tammy, Rico, Om’Mas and Christine,” said Harvey Mason. jr. ., President / CEO of the Recording Academy. “I know this group will do a great job as we continue to transform the Academy and support the music community.”
ABOUT NATIONAL OFFICERS
As a veteran of the independent music industry, Tammy Hurt has been a driving force behind the Atlanta music scene for decades. An Emmy-nominated producer for her work with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hurt is the Managing Partner of Placement Music, an entertainment company specializing in custom music, sheet music and licensing. FOX Sports commissioned the company for two consecutive Super Bowl broadcasts to create a complete and original orchestral score. Additional credits include Paramount Pictures, CBS, MTV, HBO, BET, Sony, Lifetime, Hallmark, NFL, NASCAR, “True Blood”, “Dexter”, “Drop Dead Diva”, nasty girls 2, and several custom locations in the independent film SHOTS, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hurt’s most recent project, Sonic Rebel – We Made It With Our Hands, is a five-song instrumental EP that is a mix of electronic, rock, glitch, dub trap and hip-hop elements, released in the summer of 2021. Recorded at Big Trouble Recording at L5P Atlanta, the project stars Dan Gleason and Ben Homola from Grouplove, engineer TJ Elias, multi-instrumentalist Kevin Spencer on guitar and Hurt on drums.
Co-founder of the nonprofit Georgia Music Partners, Hurt led the campaign to create and pass Georgia’s first standalone tax incentive, the Georgia Music Investment Act. She is a recipient of Catalyst Magazine’s Top 25 Entrepreneur and Watch Awards and is an openly LGBTQ + official at the Recording Academy.
Rico Love is three-time SESAC Songwriter of the Year. He has written and produced successful records for artists such as David Guetta / Usher (“Without You”), Romeo Santos (“Promise”), Usher (“There Goes My Baby”), Nelly (“Just a Dream”) ), Trey Songz (“Heart Attack”), and Kelly Rowland (“Motivation”), and contributed to GRAMMY® Award-winning works such as Beyoncé’s Best Contemporary R&B Album of 2009 I’m … Sasha Fierce, Usher’s 2010 Best Contemporary R&B Album Raymond v. Raymond and Usher’s 2010 Best R&B Male Vocal Performance for “There Goes My Baby”. Love continues to experience success as a songwriter and producer, but is also dedicated and passionate about his new music conference business (We Love Music Conference) which is designed to educate, inspire and cultivate emerging talent. His label, D1MG, has partnerships with Epic, Hitco and Sony.
Om’Mas Keith, GRAMMY Award winner / multi-platinum producer, engineer, composer, musician, performer, executive and TV personality, hails from Hollis, Queens, New York with a rich musical pedigree. He is a founding member of the avant-garde hip-hop / jazz trio Sa-Ra Creative Partners, and has worked as a producer and songwriter with artists such as Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Kanye West, John Legend, Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, Kali Uchis and Frank Ocean.
Om’Mas began her service at the Recording Academy as an advisor to the Los Angeles Chapter Council in 2015-2016. He has since served as governor and national director of the Los Angeles branch board. As co-chair of the awards and nominations, he oversaw a positive historical and cultural shift in the awards process. His participation as a team leader during the GRAMMYs on the Hill® The campaign for the passage of the Music Modernization Act was “a life-changing experience”. As a founding member of the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective, he is passionate about its goals of increasing diversity and advocating for racial justice.
Albert is a freelance artist and Founder / CEO of Swan Songs, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit that makes musical last wishes come true. She has released 12 independent albums as a solo artist and as a member of the folk / Americana duo Albert and Gage. Albert and her husband and music partner Chris Gage also own and operate MoonHouse Studio and MoonHouse Records in Austin. She is known for her “Texafrance” series of French / English recordings which combine her European heritage with her Texan musical roots.
She has appeared on “Austin City Limits”, was honored as Vocalist of the Year by the Kerrville Folk Festival Music Awards, and received the Superstar of Austin Music Award by the Austin Chamber of Commerce for her service work. community. She was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Association Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame in 2018.
In addition to her role as President Emeritus of the Recording Academy, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Latin Recording Academy.® and the MusiCares Board of Directors®.
These accomplished elected leaders, in partnership with new President / CEO Harvey Mason jr., Will lead the Board of Trustees and senior management of the Recording Academy to guide and strategically shape the mission and policies of the Academy and its members. affiliates.
Photos of national leaders are available here.
ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
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