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Friday, July 19, 2019

#WhomWeMiss #NewYorkNotes #RussellSmith @RecordingAcad RECORDING ACADEMY™ STATEMENT RE: RUSSELL SMITH JULY 16, 2019

The Recording Academy™ is deeply saddened by the passing of country music singer/songwriter Russell Smith. A key member of the Nashville music community, Russell not only found success with the country-rock group the Amazing Rhythm Aces, but also as a chart-topping songwriter for artists such as Don Williams and Randy Travis. With the Amazing Rhythm Aces, he received a nomination in the coveted Best New Artist category at the 18th GRAMMY Awards®, and the group earned a GRAMMY® in the Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group for "The End Is Not In Sight (The Cowboy Tune)" at the 19th GRAMMY Awards. Music City has lost one of its giants, but Russell's legacy will live on through his contributions to the Nashville music community.

Neil Portnow 
Recording Academy 

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