Walter Hawkins

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Walter Hawkins
Walter Hawkins performs on stage in the East Room of the White House.jpg
Hawkins performs on stage in the East Room of the White House, where he was joined on stage by his brother Edwin, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in honor of Black Music Month.
Background information
Born(1949-05-18)May 18, 1949
Oakland, California, United States
DiedJuly 11, 2010(2010-07-11) (aged 61)
Ripon, California
GenresGospel
OccupationsPastor, singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboards
Years active1960s–2010
LabelsLight
Associated actsTramaine Hawkins
Edwin Hawkins
Andrae Crouch
 
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Walter Hawkins
Walter Hawkins performs on stage in the East Room of the White House.jpg
Hawkins performs on stage in the East Room of the White House, where he was joined on stage by his brother Edwin, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in honor of Black Music Month.
Background information
Born(1949-05-18)May 18, 1949
Oakland, California, United States
DiedJuly 11, 2010(2010-07-11) (aged 61)
Ripon, California
GenresGospel
OccupationsPastor, singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboards
Years active1960s–2010
LabelsLight
Associated actsTramaine Hawkins
Edwin Hawkins
Andrae Crouch

Walter Hawkins (May 18, 1949 – July 11, 2010) was an American gospel music singer, and a pastor. He was consecrated to the bishopic in 1992.

Biography[edit]

Hawkins was the brother of Edwin Hawkins, Daniel Hawkins (Marcia), Feddie Hawkins Smith, Carol Hawkins Kemp and Lynette Hawkins-Stephens. Bishop Hawkins was married to Tramaine Hawkins, they had two children, a son Walter "Jamie" Hawkins, Jr., who is married to Myiia "Sunny" Davis-Hawkins, and a daughter Trystan Hawkins. Bishop Hawkins also had a granddaughter, Jahve Hawkins, and a grandson, Jamie Daniel Hawkins.[citation needed]

Bishop Hawkins started his career in one of his brother's chorales, "The Northern California State Youth Choir" of the Church of God in Christ. Later, he accompanied his brother Edwin and founded The Edwin Hawkins Singers. This collaborative effort produced the hit song "Oh Happy Day", which became one of the first gospel songs to cross over onto mainstream music charts.[citation needed]

Walter Hawkins left The Edwin Hawkins Singers in the early 1970s to establish the Love Center Church in Oakland, California. He and his Love Center Choir had considerable success with their "Love Alive" series of recordings, which sold well over a million copies from the 1970s through the 1990s. "Love Alive IV", released in 1990, was No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Album charts, where it stayed for 33 weeks. In all, Walter Hawkins produced and/or collaborated on 116 hit songs which were listed on the Billboard Gospel Music charts.[citation needed]

Walter Hawkins and his groups were frequent musical collaborators, and recorded with Van Morrison, Diahann Carroll, Sylvester, Jeffrey Osborne, among many others.[citation needed]

One of those who regularly attended the Love Center church was Sylvester, who had been introduced to it in the early 1980s by Jeanie Tracy.[1]

Death[edit]

On July 11, 2010, Bishop Walter Hawkins died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Appearances on other albums[edit]

Video[edit]

Awards[edit]

Hawkins was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, and won the 1981 Grammy for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational for the special project album The Lord's Prayer.

Hawkins won three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards:

He won two Stellar Awards:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gamson, Joshua (2005). The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the 70s in San Francisco. New York City: Henry Holt and Co. pp. 225–227. ISBN 978-0805072501. 

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