Go Behind ‘Gospel Songs Vol. 1 By Lee Hawkins’
The album is a compilation produced, arranged and composed by Hawkins, a songwriter-singer who is also a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. The songs feature several rising singers such as Ryan Whyte Maloney from Season 6 of the hit TV show ‘The Voice’ as well as singers from as far away as Ireland and Jamaica. This collection has a variety of genres and styles, from Gospel House and songs featuring Gospel Choirs, to Worship & Praise, Contemporary Christian and unplugged piano-only versions of Hawkins’ songs. It also features “Calvary,” a classical concerto that reflects upon the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
While the album consists mostly of Gospel-sounding songs, it highlights Hawkins’ versatility as a songwriter, demonstrating that even more than singers, songwriters and producers who possess the ability to create across genres can exercise that option more freely. In fact, Hawkins produced different versions of a few of his songs, featuring them with different singers and approaches. In doing that, he showed his range and his ability and openness toward writing songs across genres and producing each song in a way that fits the specific artist he is working with.
Gospel House Remix Video Ft. Sharon Sounds
Hawkins produced a gospel house remix video featuring Sharon Sounds with dancers from all over the world. The video premier July 1, 2021 on YouTube and the album is scheduled to slay mid July 2021.
About Lee Hawkins (Producer-Songwriter-Singer)
Lee Hawkins is a New York-based Gospel Producer-Songwriter-Singer and a Journalist with The Wall Street Journal. Also known by the nickname “The Hawk”, he is an honorary North American Orange Wiggle of the multi-platinum children’s group “The Wiggles.” The Hawk is featured as both an artist and a songwriter on the Wiggles 2015 album, “Apples and Bananas.” The group’s song, “Do The Hawk” features Hawkins and is, in fact, about him.
Hawkins is a Grand Prize Winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song, “I Love You Woman,” which was produced by noted R&B producer George Nash Jr. (Eric Benet, Jimmy Sommers, Earth, Wind & Fire). He released the critically acclaimed “Serenade” project, which was lauded by Billboard magazine in Gail Mitchell’s “Rap, Rhythm & Blues” column. His songs “Don’t Run Away” and Come With Me (Live with me) off the “Serenade” album are featured on the Cafe De Soul label’s Chapter Three compilation album. He was also a winner in the RIAA’s Grammy Demo Showcase songwriting competition for “Don’t Run Away.”
Hawkins and his music have been profiled by Soultracks.com, the No. 1 web authority on Soul and R&B music and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He has also been written about in Billboard, Ebony and Jet magazines, and many others. Artists seeking to collaborate with a talented producer, songwriter and journalist will not be disappointed working with Lee Hawkins.