Posts Tagged ‘Edwin Hawkins’

Rusty Watson Proclaims The Greatness of God In His Solo Debut

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

GOD-CD-Cover-Front-7-16Rusty Watson is known for his music.  He has written for Rodnie Bryant and CCMC, Ricky Dillard’s New Generation Chorale, Bishop TD Jakes and the Potter’s House Mass Choir and the GMWA Women of Worship.  Watson is most recognized for his composition For My Good, which appeared on the Grammy nominated Love Alive V CD of Bishop Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir.  Now, the St. Louis native begins anew with the release of God, his debut solo single hitting digital retail outlets on August 5th.

Watson shared these words about the song and his writing inspiration, “”I am a lover of the Word”, God has equipped and conditioned me to be able to write music that reaches the heart.  Genesis, the book of beginnings adeptly opens with these words, in the beginning God, so I wanted to make that my place of beginning this new chapter as well.  God is a song that I wanted everybody to know who I was talking about with no confusion.  Its a song that honors God the great and God the magnificent, the Supreme God of the Universe in all of His sovereignty.  When we stop and think of all that God is, its enough to make you shout, He’s the Alpha, the Omega, Jehovah, El Shaddai, no one greater, no one above Him, no one before Him and definitely none like Him.”

Watson heads to Louisville, Kentucky for the Dorsey Convention in addition to making several other stops across the country as the single makes waves at radio.

Melonie Daniels Walker Gives New Life To Daryl Coley Classic

Friday, July 29th, 2016

MDW SpiritWho hasn’t been in awe of the artistry of Melonie Daniels Walker?  The in demand singer/songwriter, actress, vocal coach, vocal director, worship leader and so much more has delighted audiences with her unforgettable performances including He Lives and Forever from the GMWA Women of Worship and Reflections from Olanda Draper and the Associates.  The Gospel world was buzzing when Walker broke the news that she had begun work on her solo CD.  News that she was releasing a single only made us anxious, and then on July 29th, it became a reality.  I Need Your Spirit hit digital retail outlets and was met with rounds of praise from Walker’s large fan base.

Walker honors the memory of the late Reverend Daryl Coley as well as the legacy of the Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference (The song was originally featured on the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir Give Us Peace LP).  “I Need Your Spirit was so ideal in that it expresses a reinforced truth that without God, we are nothing.  The Bible expresses it clearly when it says in Him we live, move and have our being.  The song also gives a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Reverend Daryl Coley, who was by far one of the greatest singers and God sent musical gifts to mankind as well as to honor the wonderful music that we have been recipients of over the past 35 years through the Edwin and Walter Hawkins music conference.  I am just blessed to have been an active part of this great assembly of talented singers and musicians.”

Spirit heads to radio as Walker makes promotional stops at select cities across the country.

 

Edwin Hawkins Music Conference Celebrates 35 Years In Chicago

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Edwin HawkinsEdwin Hawkins, the Father of Contemporary Gospel Music celebrates the 35th anniversary of his Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference in the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago, Illinois June 26 – July 1st.

“I love Chicago”, said Hawkins.  “There is so much Gospel Music history in the city.  Chicago was the home of the greats, the Father of Gospel Music, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey (who was with us at our first convention) Sallie Martin, Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Martin, Delois Barrett Campbell, Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Rev. Clay Evans, Pastor Maceo Woods and the list goes on.  Chicago is now home to the some of Gospel’s current music influencers like Jonathan McReynolds, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, Tiff Joy and others.  The Lord has allowed us to be together for 35 years, and I’m ecstatic that we get a chance to have a reunion celebration in the Windy City. The key to the continuation of our genre is empowerment through education.  Its up to us to train future generations, giving them the origins and celebrated history of this great music we know as Gospel music to prepare them for whats to come”

The convention begins with a Quartet Concert followed by a Tribute concert honoring Chicago’s legendary Reverend Milton Brunson and the Tommies featuring some of Chicago’s finest community choirs including Malcolm Williams and Great Faith, Paul Turner and CMI, Dexter Walker and Zion Movement and William Smith and RVC. Classes will be offered during the week with nightly services, guest preachers and musicals.  The convention will close on Friday, July 1st as the mass choir presents new music taught by some of the nation’s upcoming songwriters and arrangers.

NARAS Pairs Up Edwin Hawkins and Erica Campbell For Conversation

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Erica NewThe Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy will host a conversation with 4 time Grammy winners Edwin Hawkins and Erica Campbell on August 28th. Hawkins is regarded by many as the father of contemporary gospel music and is known for the 1969 hit Oh Happy Day with his Edwin Hawkins Singers. Campbell, one half of gospel duo Mary Mary is celebrating her 4 Dove Award nominations for Help, her debut solo CD and the release of her new radio single You Are. Help held the top spot on the Billboard Gospel Charts for seven weeks. Edwin Hawkins
Campbell is slated to perform at the October 7th Dove Awards telecast. “Feeling very blessed for every acknowledgement and every opportunity I’m given,” said Campbell. “I’m so very excited to partner with N.A.R.A.S. and interview the gospel legend Edwin Hawkins. It is going to be an amazing night.”

Hawkins Music Conference Comes Home To Oakland California

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Mark your calendars for June 22nd- 27th, as the Edwin Hawkins and Walter Hawkins Music & Arts Love Fellowship Conference makes it triumphant return to Oakland, California.  This year’s conference boasts of a number of hands on classes and workshops taught by industry leaders and veterans as well as nightly concerts and showcases.Edwin Hawkins

ASCAP Salutes Tye Tribbett, Warryn Campbell & Edwin Hawkins During Stellar Weekend

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

warryncampbelltheindustAs part of its Centennial celebration, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Gospel Music during Stellar Award weekend at the 5th annual ASCAP Presents: Morning Glory breakfast. While recognizing the 2014 Stellar nominees, the breakfast will also pay tribute to Grammy Award-winning artist Edwin Hawkins with the Gospel Icon Award, and Tye Tribbett and Warryn Campbell with the newly-established Spirit of Song Award.

“We are so excited to honor an amazing group of artists as part of the Morning Glory breakfast. They have made remarkable achievements in music and have inspired so many,” states NicolTyeTribbettFinalCDCoverApril2013[1]e George-Middleton, ASCAP VP, Rhythm & Soul/Urban. “Artists like Edwin Hawkins, Tye Tribbett and Warryn Campbell have produced a legacy that will live on and continue to shape music.”

 

Love Alive 6 Recording Rescheduled

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Dr. Edwin HaEdwin Hawkinswkins chose Facebook as the vehicle to announce the rescheduling of the highly anticipated recording of the Love Center Choir.  Edwin Hawkins Presents Love Alive VI featuring the Love Center Choir will now take place in the year 2014.  Dr. Hawkins remains busy as he handles pastoral responsibilities at Love Center, the church founded by his brother, the late Bishop Walter Hawkins and recently celebrated the release of a cookbook, Oh Happy Day Cooking. The Gospel Community will gather in August to salute Hawkins on his 70th birthday and over 50 years in Gospel music at a star studded tribute gala.   Stay connected to GOSPELflava for additional details.

Gala Honoring Dr. Edwin Hawkins August 10th

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Mark your calendars for August 10th as people will gather from the four corners of the world to honor Dr. Edwin Hawkins for 50 years in Gospel Music.  Hawkins is wEdwin Hawkins STDidely regarded as an architect of the contemporary Gospel sound and his arrangement of the standard Oh Happy Day remains one of the world’s best loved gospel songs.  A star studded gala is being planned  in the city of Oakland, CA with participation from a venerable list of who’s who in Gospel including Richard Smallwood, Tramaine Hawkins, Daryl Coley, Chrystal Rucker, Dr. Teresa Hairston and others.

Dorothy Norwood Honors The Hawkins

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

screen-shot-2012-03-08-at-10-29-38-amOur red carpet correspondent celebrity stylist Goo Goo, caught up with Dorothy Norwood, member of the legendary group “The Caravans” at the 2013 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon and talks about the Hawkins family influence on Gospel Music.

 

 

RECAP: 2013 BMI Trailblazers Luncheon

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

(From L-R: Issac Caree, Tina Campbell, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, and Warryn Campbell (Photo Credit: BMI)

 

The 2013 Stellar Award Weekend is in full effect in Nashville, TN and the city is on fire with Gospel Music. One of the hottest tickets in town that one could receive is an invitation to the prestigious BMI Trailblazers of Gosby7w5cpel Luncheon. This luncheon features the “who’s who” of the Gospel music industry coming together to celebrate their own, whom have done remarkable things in Gospel Music. This year, GOSPELflava.com was on the red carpet and inside the luncheon for all the power packed singing that took place at Rocketown in Nashville, TN. Tons of A-List Gospel artist spoke with our Red Carpet Correspondent “Goo Goo” about how they were excited to be in the room honoring living legends. This year’s Trailblazers Luncheon honored the legendary Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr. The event was hosted by Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, BMI President Del Bryant, and Vice President Catherine Brewton.

"The Walls" Group Singing Kirk Franklin's "I Smile"(Photo Credit: BMI)

The luncheon began around noon with an opening prayer from Pastor Joseph and Yolanda Morgan, parents of Stellar Award Nominated Artist Wess Morgan. After the prayer a delicious lunch was served,and the luncheon was under way. Kirk Franklin received the award for “BMI Song Of The Year”for his hit single, “I Smile“. “I Smile“has been performed over 50ok times and did record breaking numbers on the Billboard Charts. The Walls Group, a newly signed act to Franklin’s label payed tribute to Franklin. This young group had the likes of Lexi Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and others on their feet as they sang their acoustic version of Franklin’s “I Smile“.

 

Donnie McClurkin served as host for the beginning of the afternoon as the Kurt Carr tribute began.  Donald Lawrence & Company returned this year as the backing ensemble for the afternoon, and opened up with “In the Sanctuary”. While no group can compare to that of the Kurt Carr Singers, the Company under the direction of GrSheri Jones Moffett singing "I Almost Let Go"(Photo Credit: BMI) ammy Award Winning recording artist Donald Lawrence, and three time Stellar Award winning recording artist DeWayne Woods, added their classic sound to  every song.  After the Company got the crowd on their feet, the event went into over drive. Lisa Knowles of the Brown Singerss took the stage to sing “My Soul Loves Jesus”, and just when you thought the praise couldn’t go any higher, Sheri Jones-Moffett followed behind with her rendition of the Kurt Carr chart topper, ” I Almost Let Go” . In the middle of the song, Moffett began to testify about how a few years back she didn’t even want to sing anymore, but thought back to the goodness of Jesus and how he kept her throughout the years. Needless to say after that testimony, there wasn’t a person sitting down.

To finish the tribute, Sunday Best Season 4 Winner Amber Bullock, added her unique tone to “For Every Mountain“, mixing her style of soul, jazz, and classic Gospel vocals to present a beautiful arrangement to a man who deserved all the accolades being given that afternoon.

A solemn moment came in the luncheon when BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton honored Marvin McQuitty Jr.with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. McQuitty was a long time drummer in the industry and had worked on the trailblazers luncheon for many years.  The dynamic house band included an A-list of musicians such as Joe Wilson, Jonathan Dubose, Joel Smith, and Stanley Brown just to name a few.

CeCe Winans kicked off the second half of the afternoon with tributes for Edwin Hawkins. CeCe looLaShun Pace sang "God Will Take Care Of You"(Photo Credit: BMI)ked radiant on stage as she introduced Pastor Shirley Caesar and Bishop Paul S. Morton who sang “Oh Happy Day“.  Gospel twins Jason and Jonathan Nelson had the entire room moving as they sang “I Need Your Spirit“, and Kierra Sheard stood beautifully on stage and sang “This Day“. A serious moment of the afternoon arose when gospel legend LaShun Pace took the stage to sing “God Will Take Care of You“. LaShun, whose dealt with recent challenges in her health brought tears to many eyes as she delivered the message of how through it all God continues to keep her. Shortly after, Edwin Hawkins was presented with the BMI Trailblazers Award and encouraged the audience to continue to pray for others in this industry.

 VaShawn Mitchell and Yolanda Adams kicked off the last set of tributes for the afternoon honoring Lady Tramaine Hawkins. VAnyasha Figueroa sings "Holy One"(Photo Credit: BMI)aShawn and Yolanda performed a rousing rendition of “The Potter’s House“, the two added a classic Hawkins style to the song while making it their own. Light Records’ newest artist Anaysha Figueroa proved that she has what it takes to be a front runner in Gospel music as she sang one of Hawkins leading songs “Holy One“.

 

 

By this time the power of GOD was so heavy in the place and Yolanda Adams took the microphone to sing “He Brought Me“. CeCe Winans joined in on a reprise of the song and then introduced Le’Andria Johnson as she finished the afternoon with “Changed“.  This was the pivotal moment as CeCe Winans passed the microphone to Tramaine Hawkins who claimed, she had a cold but took the room into a frenzy.

Tramaine Hawkins sings her hit "Changed"(Photo Credit: BMI)

The BMI Luncheon will air on TV in the coming months, keep it locked to GOSPELflava.com for more updates.

Photo Credit: BMI