In a tweet on Friday, the official Twitter account for the Recording Academy wrote: “We tragically lost music legend @JohnPrineMusic to COVID-19 complications. We can honor his legacy by helping the music community through this pandemic. Donate to @MusiCares #COVID19 Relief Fund to help creators get the assistance they need #MusiCaresForUs.”
The new recording features artists, musicians and engineers who also are elected leaders in the Recording Academy, including singer-songwriter Christine Albert, Brandon Bush of Sugarland, John Driskell Hopkins of Zac Brown Band and Jeff Powell, an acclaimed Memphis engineer/producer.
Tammy Hurt, vice chair of the Recording Academy and one of the contributors on the recording, said in a statement that Prine — a two-time Grammy winner — was known for his giving spirit and the new “Angel From Montgomery” recording is a tribute to honor that spirit.
FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2019 file photo, John Prine accepts the Album of the Year award at the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
According to the Tennessean, the celebration plans to “feature family and friends sharing memories and songs while raising money for several charitable organizations,” which includes the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Alive.