The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences created the Grammy (short for Gramophone) Award as way to honor the best of the best in the music industry. Over the years, the Grammy Awards have evolved into something more than just a ceremony.
“Grammy in the Schools” is one program associated with the awards ceremony that is preparing young musicians for careers in the music industry.
“The Grammy Foundation’s Grammy Camp has become our signature program that provides young people with an extraordinarily in-depth experience, giving them a genuine sense of what it’s like to have a career in the music industry,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.
“Each and every Grammy camper benefits from this program and takes with them valuable lessons learned as they continue their music journeys.”
Daphne High School junior Luke Weathersby has been chosen to represent the Mobile Bay area at this year’s Grammy in the Schools program. This young musician is one of only 173 students chosen to participate nationwide. Weathersby will be traveling to McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn. working with industry figures to polish his songwriting skills.
The gospel quartet is a time-honored music tradition in the South. On July 25-26, a cavalcade of statewide gospel quartets will visit the Azalea City for the Alabama Quartet Convention at Forest Hill Church of God. This convention will bring over 20 Alabama quartets to fill the air with sweet, inspirational harmonies.
Barry Rowland & Deliverance will co-headline with songwriter Kyla Rowland. Rowland is known for songs such as “Safe Thus Far” and “Still Blessed.” These two musical acts will be joined by the Three Sixteen Quartet, Calvary’s Harmony Quartet, Amy Dunnam, The Riders, The Camerons, Big Blessin’, The Girls of Grace, Answered Prayer, The Paul Family, Promised Land Quartet, New Dawning, Cliff Roberson, Harmony Ridge Quartet, Heart’s Desire, Ted McDuffie, Paul Tillman, Crimson City Quartet, Paula Upthagrove and Crimson Stained.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Call 802-6041 for more info.
NoLa’s Cowboy Mouth has been a favorite in the Azalea City for more than two decades. Fronted by the charismatic drummer Fred LeBlanc, this group is known for their energetic rock sound and electrifying live performances. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Cowboy Mouth and the band will be celebrating with the release of their tenth studio album “Go!.”
According to a press release, this album is touted as a “wide-ranging mix of electric blues, rockabilly, punky pop and guitar-oriented rock & roll.” While there are no show dates for Mobile on their current itinerary, local fans should not be surprised if the band pays a visit later this year.