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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Isaiah "Ikey" Owens October 14, 2014

Isaiah “Ikey” Owens (third from the right) and the Mars Volta win for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards®, held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/ ©2004. Photographed by: Michael Buckner.

"GRAMMY Award winner, as a member of the Mars Volta, Isaiah “Ikey” Owens was a multitalented organist, keyboardist and producer. Known for creating and experimenting with new and distinctive tones, he began his career in Long Beach, California, playing with bands including the Long Beach Dub Allstars and Crystal Antlers, along with his own band, Free Moral Agents. More recently, Ikey joined Jack White's backing band, the Buzzards, in 2012, appearing on both of White's solo albums, as well as performing with him on tour. Our music community has lost a gifted and creative artist all too soon, and our thoughts go out to his family, his friends and the many musicians with whom he collaborated."
Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

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