San Francisco Recording Academy Honors
Chapter to honor Sammy Hagar, Linda Perry and Narada Michael Walden on April 29
The San Francisco Chapter will recognize rock veteran and GRAMMY winner Sammy Hagar, GRAMMY-nominated songwriter/producer Linda Perry and three-time GRAMMY winner Narada Michael Walden at The Recording Academy Honors 2007 on April 29. The Recording Academy Honors was established to celebrate outstanding individuals whose work embodies excellence and integrity and who have improved the environment for the creative community. The annual gala, which attracts recording artists, key entertainment executives and community leaders, supports the Chapter's ongoing advocacy, education and professional development programs.
Sammy Hagar has maintained a colorful three-decade recording career that has established him as one of America's most beloved hard rockers. From his trailblazing early work with Montrose to his prolific and popular solo career to his massively successful time with Van Halen, and currently as front man for his band Sammy Hagar And The Wabos, the veteran singer/guitarist has continued to make melodic, hard-charging rock that's long on punch and personality. He recived a GRAMMY Award for Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal in 1991, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside his fellow Van Halen band members.
Two-time GRAMMY-nominated songwriter/producer Linda Perry is known for "bringing the artist out of the pop vocalist" and helping build the success of singers such as Christina Aguilera, Pink and Gwen Stefani. Perry began her career in San Francisco as a singer/songwriter with 4 Non Blondes. Perry's early career involved touring with the Who, Aerosmith, Prince, Neil Young, and Pearl Jam. She has also sung duets with Roger Daltry at Carnegie Hall and Grace Slick on her solo record, In Flight. She is currently in the studio with Alicia Keys working on material for her new record, and continues to develop artists on her own Custard Records imprint, which has already scored with James Blunt's debut, as well as write songs and produce.
Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Narada Michael Walden is a gifted songwriter, drummer, vocalist and producer who has worked with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin and Wynonna Judd, Stevie Wonder and Tom Jones, the Temptations and Jeff Beck. Walden owns Marin County-based Tarpan Studios and recently launched the label Tarpan Records. He continues to perform, produce, compose, and develop new talent, releasing the debut album from acclaimed new vocalist Naomi Striemer, whose debut single "Cars" features special guest Carlos Santana. Walden is simultaneously hard at work on a new solo album, highlighting a stellar lineup of friends and fellow musicians including Chris Botti, Clarence Clemons, Sting and many others.
The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and silent auction followed by dinner and the tribute presentations with celebrity presenters and performers. Tickets for The Recording Academy Honors gala are $100 for Academy members and $150 for non-members and are available by calling the San Francisco Chapter office at 415.749.0779. Sponsorship packages and table sales also are available.
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