Austin-based musician Christine Albert, who co-owns MoonHouse Studio, was elected chair of the board of trustees of the Recording Academy, the organization announced Tuesday.
Albert, who co-owns MoonHouse with her husband and musical partner Chris Gage, has released several albums as a solo artist and under the name Albert and Gage. She recently served as vice-chair of the Academy and has been involved with the Texas chapter of the organization since its beginning. She is also the founder of the nonprofit Swan Songs, which fulfills end-of-life musical wishes. She has also appeared on "Austin City Limits" and was named female vocalist of the year at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
As a member of the board of the Recording Academy, Albert will oversee the direction of the Grammy Awards and other activities of the academy. Albert follows in the footsteps of "Austin City Limits" producer Terry Lickona, who served in the position from 2005-2007.
The Academy's announcement accompanied changes to the Grammy Awards, including the creation of a "Best American Roots Song" category. From the press release:
SANTA MONICA, Calif.(June 04, 2013) — The Recording Academy® announced today that recording artist and co-owner of MoonHouse Studio Christine Albert was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, producer/engineer John Poppo was elected Vice Chair, and four-time GRAMMY®-, 12-time Latin GRAMMY®- and three-time Emmy®-winning engineer Eric Schilling was elected Secretary/Treasurer at its annual spring Board of Trustees meeting. Outgoing Chair of the Board and GRAMMY-nominated TV/video producer George J. Flanigen IV was elected Chair Emeritus. As part of the meeting, The Academy's Board of Trustees also approved several changes to the Awards process, including: renaming the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category to Best Metal Performance; expanding the American Roots Music Field by establishing a new category for Best American Roots Song; and renaming and revising the Music Video Field to Music Video/Film Field. This brings the total number of GRAMMY categories that will be recognized at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on January 26, 2014, to 82.