Tift Merritt elected to AMA board
Thursday, November 13, 2008
– Elections to the Americana Music Association Board of Directors resulted in five new members, including singer Tift Merritt. Ten incoming directors were elected to the board for 2009-2010.
New board members include Tamara Saviano, freelance writer of Ellis Creative in the Publications category, Amanda Hale-Ornelas of New West Records in the Record Label Category, Brad First of SXSW in the Talent Buyer/Presenter category, Fred Boenig of the Artist Development Co Op in the other At Large seat and Merritt in the Songwriter category.
Re-elected for new terms are Tim McFadden in the artist management category, BMI's Kay Clary in the Performing Rights Organization slot, Al Moss from Radio Promotion, Doyle Davis in the Retail Distribution panel and Jessie Scott in the At Large Category.
The incoming directors join board members returning in 2009 for the second of two year terms. Those board members are: Artist/Producer Ray Kennedy, Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring, John Allen of Bug Music, KNBT's Mattson Rainer, Rounder Record's Brad Paul, JT Turner of Thirty Tigers, Sin City's Shilah Morrow, Financial Consultant Van Tucker and long time industry executive Tim DuBois.
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On her first five studio albums, Tift Merritt has explored a wide stylistic range under the umbrella of folk rock. Out of the gate, "Bramble Rose" established Merritt as an artist of the first order, cracking the Top 50 on Billboard's Country chart and hitting a lot of critics' best-of-year lists. "Tambourine" found her working in a more soulful vein with a rockier beat, while its follow-up, "Another Country," was intimate, contemplative and powerful, and ...
With each successive album, Tift Merritt has revealed more of her nuanced songwriting presence and considerable musical skills. On Merritt's almost universally acclaimed debut, 2002's "Bramble Rose," she introduced herself with songs that played to her folk/alt.country singer/songwriter strengths, while her sophomore album, 2004's "Tambourine," found her folding in more rock and soul influences, and with 2008's "Another Country," Merritt showed her ...