Southern Avenue drummer Tikyra “Tk” Jackson has been recognized with Governor status for the Recording Academy‘s Memphis chapter. The talented drummer for the Memphis-based rock band, which earned its first-ever Grammy nomination earlier this year in the “Best Contemporary Blues Album” category, now joins an exclusive list of fellow musicians and members of the music community from the Tennessee city who have been recognized with the inclusive honor.
“I’m pleased to announce that I was elected Governor for the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs Memphis Chapter,” Jackson mentioned in a statement shared to her Instagram on Tuesday. “It’s an honor to join a community that fights for creators’ rights, advocates to keep music in our schools, and helps the music community in times of need.”
Other notable industry personnel who have also been recognized by the struggling Recording Academy as Governors for the famous southern music city include drummer/producer Drumma Boy, recording engineer/producer Kevin Houston, guitarist John Paul Keith, jazz vocalist Quiana Lynell, and more. According to the organization, the role of the Recording Academy Governance is to promote diversity and inclusion, fight for creators’ rights, protecting members of the music community, and pushing for the continuation of music education.
Having grown up in Memphis’ rich music community, Tk Jackson helped form Southern Avenue with her sister/singer Tierinii Jackson and the powerful quintet released their self-titled debut album in 2017.
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I’m pleased to announce that I was elected Governor for the @recordingacademy / GRAMMYs Memphis Chapter. It’s an honor to join a community that fights for creators’ rights, advocates to keep music in our schools, and helps the music community in times of need. #WeAreMusic
Southern Avenue recently performed as part of Quarantine Comes Alive, a virtual festival benefiting the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund and participating musicians. The Saturday, May 30th streaming marathon raised more than $160k for the cause. Keep an eye out for the release of Southern Avenue’s Quarantine Comes Alive set via Live For Live Music in the coming days.