Women in the Mix 2021: Thank You For Watching

Recording Academy
 

Women in the Mix recognizes the contributions of women in music and seeks to amplify their voices across the industry. Highlighting producers, engineers, artists and executives, this International Women's Day event champions women who set the tone and work to close gender gaps on and off the stage.

 
 

GUESTS & PERFORMERS

 
Christine Albert
Christine Albert
Christine Albert

Christine Albert


Chair Emeritus, Board of Trustees (’17–‘21)​, Texas Chapter, Recording Academy

Christine has served on all standing committees of The Recording Academy, and in addition to her position as Chair Emeritus currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Latin Recording Academy and the Board of Directors of MusiCares. After careful and thoughtful planning, Swan Songs, the non-profit she founded in 2005 that fulfills musical last wishes, now facilitates 350 requests a year and has a fulltime staff to execute its mission.  Ms. Albert manages the organization as founder & CEO. A lifelong musician, Christine has released 12 independent albums as a solo artist and as part of the folk/Americana duo Albert and Gage with her husband, Chris Gage. The couple also own and operate MoonHouse Studio and MoonHouse Records in Austin, Texas. She is known for her “Texafrance” series of French/English recordings that combine her European heritage and Texas musical roots. She has appeared on “Austin City Limits,” was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year by the Kerrville Folk Festival Music Awards, Superstar of Austin Music by the Austin Chamber of Commerce for her community service work and was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Association Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame in 2018. She has served on the board of directors and as a public spokesperson for the Austin Rape Crisis Center/SafePlace and is co-founder of the Austin Songwriters Group. 

Ingrid Andress
Ingrid Andress
Ingrid Andress

Ingrid Andress


“A signpost for modern female complexity,” (Billboard) Warner Music Nashville / Atlantic Records recording artist Ingrid Andress is nominated for three GRAMMY Awards and the only country artist nominated in the general field “Big Four” categories as a Best New Artist nominee. Tied as this year’s most-nominated country artist alongside Miranda Lambert, she co-wrote and co-produced every song on her debut album, Lady Like, which earned a nod in the Best Country Album category as well. The critically-lauded project features her Platinum-selling, No. 1 debut single “More Hearts Than Mine,” also nominated for Best Country Song, and her current single “Lady Like,” which is climbing the country radio charts now.  

In addition, the 2020 CMA, ACM and CMT Music Awards nominee took home Song of the Year honors earlier this year from both the MusicRow Awards and NSAI’s Nashville Songwriter Awards. She has received widespread acclaim from outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, HUFFPOST, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Teen Vogue, WWD, PAPER and Wonderland to name a few and has made several national TV performances including appearances on ELLEN, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, TODAY, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The 54th Annual CMA Awards and The 2020 CMT Music Awards.  

The accomplished singer / songwriter has penned songs for artists including Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, FLETCHER and Dove Cameron. Having started last year touring with Keith Urban on select dates, Andress’ 2020 tour dates also included shows with Dan + Shay, Tim McGraw and Thomas Rhett. 

Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington


Trustee (’18–’22), New York Chapter, Recording Academy

Drummer/Producer Terri Lyne Carrington has played with jazz luminaries, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Wayne Shorter, David Sanborn, Yellow Jackets, Diana Krall and countless others. Her Mosaic Project CD’s and productions for Dianne Reeves have enjoyed significant acclaim, as well as her collaborations with Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Angela Davis and Mickalene Thomas. She was the first woman ever to win a GRAMMY® Award in the Jazz Instrumental category for Money Jungle, a re-imagining of the Duke Ellington classic. In 2019,  Terri Lyne received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award and her new band, Social Science, released their debut album, Waiting Game, which won the German Critics Poll and emerged as a top album choice of the year in Downbeat, The Boston Globe and other outlets. She currently serves as Founder and Artistic Director for the Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice at Berklee College of Music, where she holds an honorary doctorate, and is also the Artistic Director for The Carr Center in Detroit, MI. 

Dr. Angela Davis
Dr. Angela Davis
Dr. Angela Davis

Dr. Angela Davis


Angela Davis is a (true) civil rights icon. Her story and experience as a political prisoner sparked a global social justice movement - one of the most impactful of our time - catapulting her into being a powerful leader for over 50 years. She currently graces the cover of Vanity Fair, as you can see on the screen, and her work as an educator and activist - including the fight for economic, racial, gender and environmental justice - has remained seminal. 

She is the author of ten books and draws upon her own experiences to urge millions across the globe to examine oppression, work toward systemic change, imagine a more equitable future that will also consider the possibility of a world without carceral systems, and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement. 

Rocsi Diaz
Rocsi Diaz
Rocsi Diaz

Rocsi Diaz


Emmy Award winning host Rocsi Diaz is best known as the former host of  BET's Ultra popular mega music show, 106 & Park.  Rocsi has interviewed everyone from Lady Gaga to President Obama. As a co-host and daily correspondent on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight, Rocsi was known for setting the tone for what’s hot in music, movies, and entertainment.  Rocsi has recently shared the screen with director/actor Mario Van Peebles, Shemar Moore and Omari Hardwick. 2018 was the start of Rocsi’s career in sports journalism as she entered the boxing ring for the first time as Goldenboy Productions ringside social media correspondent. She reached over 85 million homes worldwide during her time with 106 & park and was in over 20 major FM markets in the United States with her popular radio show “Rocsi on the Radio”, and has since gone to host CNN/HLN’s The Daily Share, People Magazine’s Chatter and Vh1’s Dating Naked and Behind The Movie. With a massive social media presence, Rocsi reaches millions of followers across all platforms. She currently serves as a correspondent for E!

Maureen Droney
Maureen Droney
Maureen Droney

Maureen Droney


Sr. Managing Director, Producers & Engineers Wing, Recording Academy

A former recording engineer herself, Maureen has worked on GRAMMY winning recordings for artists including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Santana—as well as well as on numerous other projects, including two Billboard Number One Dance songs. She has a degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from California State University, San Francisco, and has taught seminars on the theory and practice of recording for companies including ABC and CBS Television. She has also worked in both artist and studio management, was the longtime Los Angeles editor for Mix magazine, and has published three books related to recording. Her most recent, co-written with its subject, is Al Schmitt on the Record: The Magic Behind the Music, chronicling the life and career of the most awarded recording engineer in history. 

Chloe Flower
Chloe Flower
Chloe Flower

Chloe Flower


Pianist, composer, producer, fashion influencer and activist Chloe Flower is one of today’s most exciting and innovative artists.  Chloe garnered international acclaim following her 2019 show-stealing performance with Cardi B at the GRAMMYs, becoming an overnight sensation as a result.  As an official Steinway Artist with a broad range of collaborations including Babyface, Nas, Mike WiLL Made-It and Swizz Beats to name but a few, Chloe is equally at home performing trap and hip hop as she is being centre-stage as a soloist with an orchestra. The multi-faceted pianist currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Liberace Foundation and is often seen performing in her living room on one of Liberace's pianos on loan from the foundation. Chloe is gearing up to release her debut album later this year and has recently dropped the tracks "Flower Through Concrete" and "No Limit." Chloe is passionate about her work in music education, female empowerment and advocating against human trafficking.  She has been honored by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Activism (CAST) for her dedicated work and has spoken at the United Nations as an Artist Ambassador to promote music education.

Lanre Gaba
Lanre Gaba
Lanre Gaba

Lanre Gaba


General Manager / Sr. Vice President Urban A&R, Atlantic Records

HAIM
HAIM
HAIM

HAIM


Music On A Mission Virtual Concert taking place March 12 will feature new performances from HAIMH.E.R.Jhené Aiko, and John Legend as well as legendary performances from the MusiCares' vaults featuring Bruce SpringsteenStevie Nicks and Tom Petty, and Usher. The event will also have special appearances by Carole KingJesse & JoyJonas BrothersLedisiLionel RichieMacklemoreMick FleetwoodPaul McCartneyRingo Starr, and Shakira and a special pre-show DJ set performed by DJ D-Nice. Tickets are available to the public for $25 and are on sale now on MusiCares.org. All proceeds will be distributed to music people in need.

Tera Healy
Tera Healy
Tera Healy

Tera Healy


Regional Director, East Region, Recording Academy

Tera Healy is an experienced entertainment and association management professional, having spent the past 18 years at The Recording Academy®, the prestigious organization known for its annual GRAMMY® Awards. In her role she’s had the opportunity to shine through her work in the Membership & Industry Relations department, growing over the years to become one of the team’s leaders.

She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, a concentration in Public Relations and minors in Marketing and Economics. After graduating college, she honed her marketing and management skills in the event and trade show industry where she remained for ten years working with top corporations like Preferred Hotels & Resorts, J.P. Morgan and Co., and SmithBucklin.

In 2002, Tera’s undeniable love for music took over when she accepted a position at The Recording Academy. She was hired as the Regional Project Manager for the Chicago Chapter where she kept busy managing programming, sponsorship development and membership recruitment for their regional market that consists of over ten cities throughout the Midwest. Due to her usual tenacity, she was appointed as Executive Director just over a year later and continued to raise The Recording Academy’s profile through high-level programming, building and maintaining a solid membership base. “My goal with The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter was to improve the cultural environment and positively impact the lives of musicians and industry members, as well as help to elevate our local music scene,” says Healy.

In 2011, she became the East Regional Director, overseeing the New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Chicago chapters, and was promoted once again to Senior Regional Director in 2019. In this role, she oversees and manages the member services and administrative responsibilities within the East region, with a focus on further developing key artist, community and industry relationships and partnerships. She is responsible for the implementation of the policies, procedures and programs of the Academy and ensures attainment of the Academy objectives as well as high quality service to members. Fiscal controls, staff development and performance management are also in her prevue, as well as relationship management of quality volunteer leadership (four chapter boards in total). Beyond her work with the East Region chapters, she also partners with the Advocacy team in DC to develop and execute member-facing initiatives such as the annual GRAMMY Fund Brunch fundraiser and other important programs that allow Academy members the ability to lobby for their own rights on Capitol Hill.

When Tera isn’t leading the Academy’s East Region, she explores not only volunteer opportunities but also personal growth. She was selected as a member of the Leadership Music class of 2018, an elite program designed to further communications and understanding among facets of the entertainment business and to assist established leaders in their roles as decision makers. She has served as a member of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Music Summit advisory committee, the Chicago Music Commission advisory board, the Foundations of Music charity auction board, the Chicago Children’s Choir’s innovation committee, and the Park Ridge Newcomers Executive Board. She and her husband Will are the proud parents of 11-year-old Kaitlyn and 7-year-old Jake, along with new pup Kevin.

Tammy Hurt
Tammy Hurt
Tammy Hurt

Tammy Hurt


Vice Chair, National Board Trustees, Recording Academy

Drummer / producer / music exec, Tammy Hurt began playing drums at the age of four and has been playing professionally since the age of 14. Her latest project behind the drum kit is Sonic Rebel. She is the managing partner at Placement Music, a music production company specializing in creating custom music for all forms of media. Highlights include: being commissioned by FOX Sports (twice) to create original, full orchestral scores for Super Bowl and providing music for film and television clients including Paramount Pictures, SONY, CBS, Lifetime, NFL and NASCAR. Tammy is a co-founder of Georgia Music Partners (GMP), the non-profit behind the passage of the Georgia Music Investment Act (tax incentive), and she is the driving force behind the GRAMMY Museum project being developed in Atlanta. 

Leslie Ann Jones
Leslie Ann Jones
Leslie Ann Jones

Leslie Ann Jones


Trustee (’18–’22), San Francisco Chapter, Recording Academy

A recording and mixing engineer and record producer for over 40 years, Leslie has held staff positions at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles, the Automatt Recording Studios in San Francisco, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, and now Skywalker Sound where she continues her career recording and mixing music for records, films, video games, and television, and producing records primarily in the Classical genre. She is a past Chair of The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees and is the recipient of 5 Grammy Awards, including 3 for Best Engineered Album-Classical. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Institute for Musical Arts, G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild), and is an Artistic Advisor to the Technology and Applied Composition degree program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Leslie also chaired the committee that wrote “Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production," published by the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy. Leslie was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame in 2019. 

Valeisha Butterfield Jones
Valeisha Butterfield Jones
Valeisha Butterfield Jones

Valeisha Butterfield Jones


Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Recording Academy

Valeisha Butterfield Jones is an award-winning and globally recognized business leader with proven impact at the intersections of technology, politics and entertainment. She currently serves as the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Recording Academy. 

Prior to this role, Valeisha served as the Global Head of Inclusion for Google, Inc. responsible for accelerating diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes for underrepresented communities internally and externally across the global brand. Valeisha also served as the National Youth Vote Director for the Obama for America campaign, helping to deliver one of the highest youth voter turnouts in American history and in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for International Trade.  

She also served as the Executive Director / Senior Vice President of Rush Communications (Hip-Hop Summit Action Network) and as the National Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Alzheimer's Association. Her career began at Home Box Office (HBO Sports) and has spanned for two decades. 

Valeisha also co-founded the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) in 2007, a non-profit, global coalition of women and men committed to the balanced, positive portrayal of women in the entertainment industry. 

Her leadership has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Ebony Magazine's Power 100, The Root 100, Essence Magazine's Top 40 Under 40, Elle Magazine's Top 25 Most Inspiring Women, Fortune, and others. Valeisha also serves on the National Board of Directors of ColorComm, MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Network and iVote for America. 

Valeisha is a wife, mom, proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University, advocate and author. Follow her on IG/Twitter @valeisha and stay connected at www.valeisha.org

Emily Lazar
Emily Lazar
Emily Lazar

Emily Lazar


Trustee (’19–’21)​, Recording Academy New York Chapter

Emily Lazar is a GRAMMY-winning mastering and mix engineer. In 1997, Lazar founded The Lodge, a world-renowned mastering and specialized recording facility.  Equipped with state-of-the art equipment and out-of-the-box ideology, it attracts the industry’s most esteemed artists as well as its’ most prominent newcomers.  At the 61st GRAMMY Awards, Lazar made history as the first woman mastering engineer to win the GRAMMY for Best Engineered Album Non-Classical for Beck’s Colors. Although garnering many “ceiling-breaking” “first ever” GRAMMY nominations for female mastering engineers (Album of the Year 2012 - Foo Fighters, Record of the Year 2014 - Sia, and  Best Engineered Album-Non Classical 2015 - Bird and the Bee), her 2019 GRAMMY win coincided with the release of the Annenberg Inclusion study which revealed that women comprise only 3% of the music industry’s engineers. Her acceptance speech noted the historic moment and helped elevate the conversation globally. Last year at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards Lazar was nominated for Album of the Year for Vampire Weekend’s impressive Father of the Bride (which also won for Best Alternative Album). Lazar's lengthy discography includes many GRAMMY winning recordings and includes work with luminaries such as: The Beatles, David Bowie, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Beck, Sia, Vampire Weekend, Panic! At The Disco, Lou Reed, The Killers, Dolly Parton, Linkin Park, HAIM, Little Big Town, Morrissey, Destiny’s Child,  Maggie Rogers, BT, Jeff Buckley, Depeche Mode, Santana, Moby, Tiësto, Liz Phair etc. Original Soundtracks mastered include: Annie, Sound City, Hedwig, GTA-V, Pokémon, Training Day, Boys Don’t Cry, Six Feet Under, etc. Lazar has won 3 TEC Awards and has been nominated numerous times for Outstanding Creative Achievement in both record production categories. She was nominated for the Pensado Award for mastering. Lazar has been the featured cover story of many industry publications and has delivered addresses at universities and industry conferences alike. Most recently, Lazar was the keynote speaker at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Conference: The Innovation at the Intersection of Music + Tech. She serves as adjunct faculty at New York University's Steinhardt School and taught graduate level coursework in the Music Technology program. In 2015 Lazar was featured in Billboard's Women in Music: Hitmakers from Behind the Scenes. In 2017 Lazar was featured in the June issue of Elle's The Women in Music Power List highlighting 14 women as "the industry's most influential execs, producers and songwriters.” In 2019 Lazar was featured in the April issue of Variety magazine's The Power of Women Impact List recognizing "women at the forefront of their fields.” Lazar is an active endorsee for: Apple, Avalon, Dangerous, Avid, UAD, Antelope, WAVES, UAD, and many others. She is currently a Trustee of the Recording Academy and serves on the National Advocacy Committee, the National Producers & Engineers Wing Steering Committee and The National Advisory Council. Lazar holds a BA in Creative Writing/Music from Skidmore College and a MUMT Master’s degree in Music from New York University.  

Joanie Leeds
Joanie Leeds
Joanie Leeds

Joanie Leeds


NYC-based, GRAMMY nominated, singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds has been writing and performing for two decades. Starting out in the Greenwich Village music clubs playing for adults, she soon found herself playing for families at Lollapalooza, Clearwater Festival, The Kennedy Center & Lincoln Center, Wolftrap and the Levitt Pavilion. For her original songs, Joanie has won 1st place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, a Gold Parents' Choice Award, NAPPA Gold Award, Family Choice Award and is a John Lennon Song-writing Award Finalist and an International Songwriting Competition Finalist.  

Her music has been featured in The New York Times People Magazine, NPR, Parents Magazine, Billboard and The Washington Post.  

Joanie’s 9th children's album, ‘All the Ladies’ is a female empowerment folk collection produced by GRAMMY Award winner Lucy Kalantari and was released in April 2020, following International Women’s Day, Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s birthday and in the same year as the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920. The GRAMMY-nominated album features 20 women both on the technical and creative side including GRAMMY Award winner Lisa Loeb, Sonia De Los Santos and Lori Henriques, mixing engineer Denise Barbarita & GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer, Emily Lazar. 

EveAnna Manley
EveAnna Manley
EveAnna Manley

EveAnna Manley


EveAnna Manley started building tube amplifiers while still in college at Columbia University. She quickly escalated through the first company as a design assistant and quality control tech, while also creating new analog systems for the young company that helped organize its nascent business structure. By the time she and David Manley branched out and formed Manley Laboratories, Inc. in 1993, EveAnna was managing the entire factory, conducting the purchasing duties, and building two international dealer networks in two markets: audiophile and pro audio. In addition, she donned a marketing hat writing ad copy, building websites, and creating full-product line brochures for over 50 products. By the late 1990's with David Manley's departure, EveAnna took over engineering management and new product creation. You can see her flair for artistic visual expression start with her first two solo projects, The Manley VOXBOX® and Manley STINGRAY which are still in production today having sold thousands of unit worldwide. 

Ruby Marchand
Ruby Marchand
Ruby Marchand

Ruby Marchand


Chief Industry Officer, Recording Academy

Ruby Marchand serves as Chief Industry Officer for the Recording Academy®, leading the Trade/Industry Division and overseeing the Membership & Industry Relations and Awards departments.  

Prior to joining the executive team, Marchand held several elected leadership roles at the Academy. In 2004, she was elected Governor and Vice President of the New York Chapter, where she chaired GRAMMY In The Schools® for more than 12 years. In 2011, Marchand was elected a National Trustee from the New York Chapter and served for two terms. She was elected Vice Chair of the Academy by the National Board of Trustees in 2015 and served until 2019. Additionally, she was co-chair of the Awards & Nominations Committee for seven years and helped drive new eligibility rules related to streaming as well as the process of refreshing fields and categories for the GRAMMY Awards®. As an elected leader, Marchand has served on many national committees, including Membership, Planning & Governance, Finance, and Executive. Additionally, Marchand was a member of the National Advocacy Committee in 2015–16 and represented the Academy on an historic trade mission in 2014 with A2IM and several independent labels to Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong. 

Marchand previously held leadership roles at Warner Music Group, including Vice President of International A&R for 25 years, Head of A&R for Cordless Recordings and Rykodisc, and Senior Vice President of Revenue and Repertoire Assurance. Marchand has served as a consultant to the Music and Performing Arts Professions' school at NYU and at other companies and organizations. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU Steinhardt's Music Business Program where she co-teaches Production and A&R in the Music Industry.   

Marchand serves as Secretary and National Trustee of the T. J. Martell Foundation, a cancer research foundation supported by the music industry that has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer. In 2016, she received the Women of Influence Award from the T. J. Martell Foundation in New York. 

Marchand attended Oberlin College where she graduated with an independent major in translating the work of French and German women poets into English. She studied flute at the Oberlin Conservatory and played in the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble and the Oberlin gamelan. 

MC Lyte
MC Lyte
MC Lyte

MC Lyte


MC LYTE – a legend in the world of music and entertainment – is a pioneering artist and a formidable actress of television and film. Her most recent acting credits include a series regular on last year’s New York Undercover pilot (a reboot of the original Dick Wolf series), and she has recurred on S.W.A.T. (CBS), Power (Starz), and Queen of the South (USA). Lyte's film roles include acclaimed Sundance Winner Patti Cakes, the Universal hit Girls Trip; Bad Hair, from Director Justin Simien; and the upcoming features Loved To Death, and Sylvie, with Tessa Thompson and Eva Longoria. Her newest venture has her taking on the roleof show Creator & Executive Producer alongside Lynn Richardson & Bentley Evans for UMC’s sitcom, “Partners In Rhyme.”MC LYTE is also an iconic Rapper and DJ. Her groundbreakingmusic career spans 30 years -this Hip Hop LEGEND was the first female rapper ever to perform at Carnegie Hall, and the first female artist to earn a gold single. A true leader in the music industry, MC LYTE has also performed at the Kennedy Center Honors and the White House for President Barack Obama. In addition to a busy on-screen career, Lyte's production company, Sunni Gyrl, Inc., has several television and film projects —both scripted and unscripted —in various stages of development. Her voice work is also well known and admired, representing dozens of Fortune 500 companies as well as being the voice of the BET Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.As an author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist, MC LYTE has written books and speaks globally on many inspiring topics from her vast knowledge of the entertainment and hip-hop industries, to entrepreneurialism and economic empowerment. Her charity, “Hip Hop Sisters Foundation,” has presented over $1,000,000 in scholarships.

NOVA WAV
NOVA WAV
NOVA WAV

NOVA WAV


NOVA Wav has cracked the music glass ceiling as Pioneers, Trailblazers and Visionaries. This standout duo is a creative musical force as one of the ONLY female songwriting/production teams in the music industry.  

The 3x’s GRAMMY nominated songwriting /production team includes Denisia Andrews (“Blu June”) and Brittany Coney (“Chi”).  

The twosome were both born in Florida and in 2011 they met via Facebook and quickly discovered the music gift in one other and NOVA Wav was created. Their name has great meaning and purpose behind it, NOVA is when 2 stars revolve around each other and become the brightest light, while Wav short for Waveform is a technical term used in music for an audio file.  

NOVA Wav believes their best work is created when they kick everyone out of the studio, but GOD and then ‘music magic’ happens. Their music magic has placed them amongst a multitude of talent that they have produced, and or written for from Beyonce’& Jay Z, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor, Lukas Graham, H.E.R., DJ Khaled, Zayn, to Kehlani, and many more. NOVA Wav has also written and composed for a number of movies including, “The High Note”, “A Wrinkle in Time” , “Little”,  and the “The Fate of the Fast & Furious”. They were named on Billboards 2018 R&B/Hip Hip 100 Power Players and listed on Revolt’s Top 9 producers of 2019 that demanded the sound of Hip Hop and R&B. They recently gained an international reach by writing and producing the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup song “Champion” performed by Jason Derulo. Major publications, including VIBE, LA Times, & Chicago Tribune have highlighted their impact and success.  Their most recent co-wrote “Look What You’ve Done” performed by Mary J. Blige for the Belly of the Beast documentary, entered the Oscar race for original song.  

They are undeniably talented and are making noise by carving out their own lane as women to be omnipresent in the male-dominated field of making music. 

NOVA Wav says, “Being a woman is powerful and sometimes it comes with double the work to prove yourself but we are at our best when we work together and we are grateful to be a reflection and vessel for others.” 

Their hybrid of talent is melodic, edgy, free, universal and sprinkled with love. The road ahead is limitless for NOVA Wav. The iconic duo is looking forward to winning Grammys and working with other heavy hitters in the industry, with the hopes of one day putting out their own album. They are a published member and part of the Warner/Chappell family. 

They were named Billboard’s 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players [2] and listed on Revolt's Top 9 producers of 2019 that demanded the sound of Hip Hop and R&B.

The Dynamic Duo have earned 4 nominations for the 63rd Grammy Awards, including “Record of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and  “Best R&B performance” for “Black Parade” by Beyonce. The two also have a nomination for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song” for “Sunday Morning” by Lecrae ft Kirk Franklin. 

Piper Payne
Piper Payne
Piper Payne

Piper Payne


Piper Payne lives for quality and equality in audio. 

Piper Payne is a mastering engineer based out of Nashville, TN, where she works on albums for independent artists and major labels. 

In Spring of 2019 Piper joined the famed Infrasonic Mastering team, merging her successful Oakland studio, Neato Mastering, with the Nashville based company, owned by Pete Lyman. 

Piper is a Trustee of the Recording Academy and she is Co-Chair of the P&E Wing Steering Committee. She is a former Governor of the Audio Engineering Society and she is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the AES’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee as well as an active member of Women's Audio Mission and she serves on the Board of SoundGirls.org. 

In addition, Piper is a keeper of Vinyl Quality Control and a consultant for vinyl record pressing plants, and is opening her own vinyl manufacturing plant in Nashville in mid 2021. She has been an audio professor and guest lectures often about mastering and recording.

 Piper began her career with a BFA in Audio from The University of Michigan, continuing her graduate education in Audio at the University of Stavanger in Norway. 

Piper has a diverse background in musical styles. As a drummer, she knows that the best outcome of every project is that it has to feel good. As an engineer, Piper is focused on technical quality and correctness. But, at the end of the day, mastering is about format conversion and quality control so the project gets just what it needs. 
 
Piper has mastered a wide variety of music including nationally renowned artists Third Eye Blind, LeAnn Rimes, The Go-Go’s, Madame Gandhi, Geographer, The Steven Universe Soundtrack’s composers Aivi and Steven, Basement, Hundredth, Elettrodomestico (Jane Wiedlin/The Go-Go’s), Blithe, ANIIML, Shamir, Betsy, Between You & Me, and Fritz Montana to name a few. See more of her sample discography at infrasonicsound.com/piper 

Kelley Purcell
Kelley Purcell
Kelley Purcell

Kelley Purcell


Vice President, Membership & Industry Relations, Recording Academy

Kelley Purcell serves as Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations for the Recording Academy®, overseeing all aspects of membership outreach, peer review, member account services, and the Academy's Chapter systems, including regional and local teams, Chapter events and programming, and all aspects of Chapter service. 

Purcell joined the Recording Academy as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chapter in 2013, then transitioned to Senior Director of Member Outreach, leading industry outreach efforts across the Membership & Industry Relations department. During her tenure, she project managed a cross-department team of IT, Digital Media and Communications colleagues over a two-year period and successfully implemented historic changes to the Academy’s membership systems. She also led the recruitment efforts to diversify Academy membership and was the liaison to the Academy’s first-ever Peer Review Panel, responsible for training this body and serving as its point person. 

Prior to her time at the Recording Academy, she served as the executive director of Harvardwood, a global nonprofit organization for members of the Harvard University community who believe in the purpose and power of the arts. During her time at Harvardwood, Purcell helped drive a 67 percent increase in the organization’s membership and coordinated the volunteer efforts of a global team. Purcell also has past roles at Island Def Jam Music Group, Monitor Deloitte and Goldstar. 

Purcell has been recognized as an Exemplar of Humanity Centered Media at the 2016 Media Done Responsibly Awards and was honored at the 10th Annual Toast to Urban Entertainment Executives in 2017. In 2018, she was honored to take part in the American Express Women in Music Leadership Academy.  

Purcell received a cum laude bachelor’s degree in economics at Harvard University. 

Saweetie
Saweetie
Saweetie

Saweetie


Saweetie’s rise is nothing short of meteoric. In the past two years, she’s proven herself a veritable powerhouse--with two platinum hits under her belt--of catchy melodies and dynamic rhymes. Effortlessly glamorous yet approachable, it’s no surprise that the hottest fashion and beauty brands are lining up to work with her. “I always felt like I'd become the person who I am today,” she says, “which is a young mogul.” With that propelling her, she’s ready for even bigger things to come.   

Born Diamonté Harper to an African-American father and Chinese-Filipino mother, the rapper grew up in the veritable melting pot of the Bay Area and Sacramento. “I feel it’s really important to embrace your roots. I appreciate my upbringing.” She loved artists like Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill, and like the latter, realized her dexterity in being able to rap and sing. At 14, she began rhyming over YouTube beats. “I felt like I needed to express myself. Rapping allows me to paint a picture. That’s what I ultimately want to do.” Education was integral in facilitating that. She graduated--a rarity in rap--from the University of Southern California and majored in communications and business. “I want to let girls that look like me know that college is important because there's a lot of things that I wouldn't have learned in corporate America or in the street. College is great to better yourself as a human being.”   

She recorded the breakthrough “ICY GRL” in 2018, which garnered over 109 million streams on Spotify and 97 million views on YouTube. The platinum smash led to a deal with Warner  Records. Her major-label debut EP, High Maintenance, followed, along with 2019’s platinum hit, “My Type.” A commercial and critical darling, she was dubbed “one to watch” by the Los Angeles Times.  

With all eyes on her, Saweetie is ready for her most personal project, Pretty Bitch Music. “You really understand who I am as a person,” she says. She was incredibly hands-on, sketching out the project’s themes, co-producing tracks, and planning the aesthetics. “I feel like my records are fun, but there’s always an underlying message that makes my fans want to boss up, and to be fabulous while they’re doing it.” That diversity is heard on the first single, “Tap In.” “I feel like my records have become summer anthems.” On “Pretty Bitch Music,” she encourages women to flip the derogatory term into an acronym of empowerment: B(oss) I(ndependent) T(ough) C(EO) H(yphy). “I want my fans to be unapologetically themselves and to be independent. When people listen to my music they feel like a bad bitch.”  

Saweetie is creating her own #girlboss brand with a slew of business ventures. She launched the best-selling ICY jewelry and fashion line and has partnered with brands like Reebok, PrettyLittleThing (launching a second collection this spring), and Morphe. “One day, I can see myself having my own company. The end goal is definitely to have my own products that are solely from my brand.” She’s already diving into acting roles and philanthropic ventures. A multi-hyphenate in the making, she wants it all. “There’s no limit to what I can do.” Sky’s the limit.

Shelia E
Sheila E.
Shelia E

Sheila E.


Sheila Escovedo picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three. Sheila delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world. Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun, Marvin Gaye (on his final world tour), Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others. 

In the 1980’s, Sheila’s collaboration with the artist Prince helped to catapult her to her own pop superstardom. Her obvious talent and hits like, “The Glamorous Life” and “Love Bizarre,” in conjunction with her pivotal work on other Prince-related projects, contributed to her international stardom.  Particularly proud moments during this period include her participation in the 1985 “We Are The World” session, GRAMMY, American Music Awards and MTV nominations, worldwide sold-out performances, and the memorable performance on The Oscars with virtuoso Placido Domingo, 

In 1998 Sheila E. made history becoming television’s first female musical director for Magic Johnson’s “The Magic Hour.” Future television show engagements would include being a celebrity judge on Fox’s “The Next Great American Band” in 2007-2008, and being chosen as the winner of “Gone Country 3” in 2009, on CMT. In recognition of drumming and percussion, Sheila designed the “ClassE” Custom Series for adults, and the “Sheila E.’s Player Series,” for children, with renowned TOCA Percussions, distributed by Kaman Music. 

Sheila E.'s producing, arranging, and performance talents have been showcased throughout the music and film industry with appearances on, The Academy Awards, The Latin GRAMMY Awards, BET Awards, The American Music Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, The Summer Olympics, WOW Awards, ALMA's, and The Image Awards just to name a few. In 2010 Sheila was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Music Direction” in recognition for her leadership as musical director for President Obama’s Performance at The White House: Fiesta Latina. Her more recent projects, include The E Family Now and Forever, Pete Escovedo Live at Stern Grove Festival with her father Pete Escovedo, and brothers Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo, Sheila E. Live from Lugano Switzerland DVD, Silk Road from the group Heavenese hailing from Japan, a literary biography released by Simon & Schuster Publishing Titled The Beat of My Own Drum, ICON Sheila's 2014 solo album and the single release Girl Meets Boy in memory of the late, great, Prince. 

Sheila E. continues to produce and perform music throughout the world. Her current studio project and tour, ICONIC, is Sheila's continued contribution to the music industry and her efforts in awareness to social issues and humanitarianism. Sheila E. is CEO of the entertainment company StilettoFlats Inc. located in Los Angeles California. 

Ebonie Smith
Ebonie Smith
Ebonie Smith

Ebonie Smith


Governor, New York Chapter, Recording Academy

Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer and singer-songwriter based in New York City. Ebonie is also the founder and president of Gender Amplified, Inc., an organizationthat celebrates and supports women and girls in music production and audio engineering. Ebonie received her first GRAMMY Certificate and RIAA-certified platinum plaque for work as an assistant engineer on Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording). She received her second GRAMMY Certificate for work as an assistant engineer on Sturgill Simpson's award-winning album A Sailor's Guide to Earth. She also engineered on the GRAMMY-nominated album Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe and the GRAMMY-winning album Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B. In 2017, Ebonie was nominated for a Pensado Award in the category of "Best Break Thru Mixing Engineer." She currently works as an engineer, producer and studio coordinator for Atlantic Records. She is also an elected governor of the New York Chapter of The Recording Academy and member of the Producers & Engineers Wing.

Ebonie holds a master's degree in Music Technology from New York University and a bachelor's degree in Africana Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. While in college, Ebonie received training at Columbia University's Computer Music Center and studied abroad in the West African nation of Cameroon. During her 5-month stay there, she performed with bands, worked in studios and produced local artists.

Ebonie has recorded, engineered and/or produced for: Charlie Puth, Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots,Janelle Monáe, Jimmy Fallon, Zoe Kravitz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kodak Black, D.R.A.M., AdiaVictoria, Ben Platt, Kat Deluna, Morton Subotnick, Sabrina Claudio, Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie,MNEK, T-Minus, Scott Harris, Niia, Jaymes Young, Yemi Alade, Sarah Close, SWMRS, SturgillSimpson, Santigold, Marina and the Diamonds, the Grammy Award-winning Hamilton OriginalBroadway Cast Recording, Firekid, Toyboy & Robin, Kaleo, Kamau, Phony Ppl, Joell Ortiz, BlackThought, Dave Cobb, Wale, Tigertown, Christina Perri, Dana Parish, Corey Chorus, Madison Love,Ingrid Michaelson, Sean C and LV, Jon Batiste, Rhiannon Giddens, Out Came The Wolves, FinishTicket, James TW, The Front Bottoms, Panic! At The Disco, Louis Cato, Shooter Jennings, BrentCobb, Ledinsky, Icona Pop, Chris Miles, The Moth and the Flame, Melanie Martinez, Birdy,Francesco Yates, King 810, Chef’Special, Brett Dennen, Cash Cash, Max Frost, Halestorm, Katy Tiz,Christine & The Queens, Theory of a Deadman, Anderson East, Jasmine Thompson, Action Bronson,Straight No Chaser, Jake Troth, Jacquie Lee, Amadeus, A R I Z O N A, !llmind and many more!

Tina Tchen
Tina Tchen
Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen


Tina Tchen serves as president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, overseeing the organizations’ strategic plans to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund with Robbie Kaplan, Fatima Goss Graves, and Hilary Rosen; since then, the Fund has connected thousands of people to legal or public relations support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries. 

A former assistant to President Obama, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina has worked to advance gender equality, particularly for working women. At the White House, Tina spearheaded the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and helped form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. 

Prior to taking the helm at TIME’S UP, Tina was a lawyer specializing in workplace culture, advising companies on gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity. She has served on numerous strategic advisory boards for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, including the United State of Women, which she continues to co-chair. 

Elaine Walteroth
Elaine Welteroth
Elaine Walteroth

Elaine Welteroth


Elaine Welteroth is a Co-host of CBS “The Talk,” New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. She is known for her groundbreaking work at the helm of Teen Vogue, where in 2016 she was appointed the youngest ever Editor-in-Chief at a Conde Nast publication and used her position to prioritize diversity and social justice coverage. She’s now a leading expert and advocate for the next generation of changemakers. In 2020, Elaine was recently appointed Cultural Ambassador for Michelle Obama's When We All Vote initiative and in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, she helped launch the 15 Percent Pledge, a non-profit advocacy organization that recruits major retailers including Sephora and Macy’s to commit at least 15% of their purchasing power to Black-owned businesses. She is the host of a new podcast called Built to Last that amplifies the stories of Black founders, past and present. Her debut book “More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are No Matter What They Say” was an immediate New York Times bestseller and won the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. She is currently writing and executive producing the book-to-television adaptation with Anonymous Content and Paramount Studios. Her work appears in The New York Times, British Vogue, Glamour, and The Hollywood Reporter. She has also written for the hit show Grown-ish and has appeared on-camera for a range of media outlets, including ABC News and The View. She lives with her new husband in Los Angeles, California. 

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CHARITY SPOTLIGHT

 

The Recording Academy is proud to be donating a total of $25,000 between the 5 non-profits and organizations listed below that support the fight for gender parity across all industries including those with a specific focus on the growth of women and girls in production and engineering.