Grammy Awards Honor Joan Hammel

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 22:02

Joan Hammel was honored this month by the Recording Academy for her years of membership and for supporting its education, advocacy and human service initiatives.  It was presented at the Hotel Sax in Chicago during a special event celebrating membership.  Ms. Hammel was one of four recipients that evening presented by the Chicago Chapter President Peter Strand and the Executive Director Tera Healy.

Recording Academy Chicago Chapter President Peter Strand with Joan Hammel / Photo by Theresa Carter

Recording Academy Chicago Chapter President Peter Strand with Joan Hammel / Photo by Theresa Carter


Ms. Hammel Chaired the Education Committee of the Grammy Awards organization for many years in Chicago including planning the Grammy in the Schools initiative where music professionals in different fields spend the day with high school age students.  This program, started in Chicago, is now a national program for the organization reaching thousands of kids annually.  She served on the Grammys Board of Governors, and was a part of the first all female President/Vice President team in Academy history.   Her music as a vocalist and songwriter were on the Grammy Awards Nominations Ballot in different categories over several years.

Hammel, a Wildwood resident, was also chosen this year by the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation as a recipient of their fellowship, the first singer/songwriter to do so.  She was in Maine for six weeks composing new music as a guest of the Foundation and has begun recording the music for an album due out next year. She recently performed some of the songs at a fundraiser at the Byron Colby Barn in Prairie Crossing run by Chicago Bear Adrian Peterson benefiting kids with speech and hearing impairments.

In the last few weeks, the song America that she sang in remembrance of 9-11 has been chosen as the song for the Flight 93 Memorial in California.  All proceeds benefited those affected by the tragedies.  The CD is in its third printing.  You can hear it at their website: www.flight93memorialsfb.com as well as learn about the passengers that were on the flight and view pictures of the memorial.

Adrian Peterson Foundation Benefit: Trombonist Kelly Beaman, saxophonist Mike Knauf, Joan Hammel, bassist Stacy McMichael, Chicago Bear Adrian Peterson and guitarist Ron Brandt.

Adrian Peterson Foundation Benefit: Trombonist Kelly Beaman, saxophonist Mike Knauf, Joan Hammel, bassist Stacy McMichael, Chicago Bear Adrian Peterson and guitarist Ron Brandt.

In January, ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will award her a third ASCAPLUS Award. Artists are chosen by a panel of music experts who honor active writers in the early and midstages of their careers with cash and recognition.

For more information about Joan Hammel, visit www.joanhammel.com

For more information about the Grammy Awards, visit www.grammy.com

For more information about Adrian Peterson’s Foundation, visit www.adrianpeterson29.com

For more information about the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, visit www.artisttrust.org/node/4835

For more information on the Flight 93 Memorial, visit www.flight93memorialsfb.com

For more information on ASCAP, visit www.ascap.com