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Walter Hawkins Background information Born May 18, 1949 Oakland, California, United States Died July 11, 2010 (aged 61) Ripon, California Genres Gospel Occupations Pastor, singer, songwriter, producer Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards Years active 1960s–2010 Labels Light Associated acts Tramaine 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.
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.
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.
Walter Hawkins and his groups were frequent musical collaborators, and recorded with
Van Morrison, Diahann Carroll, Sylvester, Jeffrey Osborne, among many others.
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 ] 1972: Do Your Best (solo album) 1975: Love Alive - Love Center Choir 1977: Jesus Christ Is the Way - The Hawkins Family (Light) 1978: Love Alive 2 - Love Center Choir (Light) 1980: The Hawkins Family Live (Light) 1982: Gospel (Savoy) 1982: I Feel Like Singing (Light) 1984: Love Alive 3 - Love Center Choir (Light) 1988: Special Gift Hawkins Family (Light) 1989: Love Alive Reunion (Light) 1990: Love Alive 4 - Love Center Choir (Malaco) 1996: New Dawning - Hawkins Family (Bellmark) 1997: Ooh Wee - Hawkins Family 1998: Love Alive, Vol. 5: 25th Anniversary Reunion - Love Center Choir (Interscope) 2000: Take Courage - Hawkins Family (Bellmark) 2005: A Song In My Heart (solo) (Coda/Red-Sony) Compilation albums [edit ] 1990: Only The Best (Light) 1995: Light Years (Light) 1995: The Hawkins Family Collection (Platinum) 2002: The Best of Love Alive (Light) 2002: Legends of Gospel (Light) 2002: Mega 3 Collection: Love Alive (Light) 2005: The Very Best of Walter Hawkins and the Hawkins Family (Artemis Gospel) Appearances on other albums [edit ] 1976: David Soul – David Soul 1980: The Lord's Prayer - Various artists; duet with Tramaine Hawkins on "Thy Kingdom Come" (Light) 1982: Imagine Heaven - The Edwin Hawkins Singers 1983: The Search Is Over - Tramaine Hawkins 1986: Hand in Hand - The Williams Brothers (producer, keyboards) 1986: Just Daryl - Daryl Coley (background vocals, keyboards) 1987: – The Hunger Michael Bolton (background vocals) 1987: - Touch the World Earth, Wind & Fire 1990: Face to Face - Edwin Hawkins 1990: Live - Tramaine Hawkins (producer, choir director, keyboards) 1991: Gospel Music Workshop of America 1991: Gentlemen of Gospel, Vol. 2 1992: A Salute to - Various artists (performer on “Where Is Your Faith in God”) The Caravans 1993: It Remains to Be Seen - The Mississippi Mass Choir (producer) 1994: Choirs En Masse - Various artists (performer, producer) 1994: Job Bay Area Mass Choir 1995: On & On Jennifer Holliday (producer, background vocals, piano) 1996: Music in Me Larry Coleman (producer) 1996: Be Encouraged - Los Angeles Chapter of the G.M.W.A. 1997: Jesus Loves Me - The Western Michigan Mass Choir 1997: Leaning on Jesus - Cogic International Mass Choir 1997: Live Gospel Experience, Vol. 3 - Various artists 1997: Live Gospel Experience, Vol. 4 - Various artists 1997: Keepers - Merl Saunders & Friends (background vocals) 1998: Love Is the Only Way Edwin Hawkins 1998: I Get Lifted - Kelli Williams (producer, keyboards) 1998: Unconditional Love - Darlene Love 1999: World Class Gospel Experience, Vol. 1 - Various artists 2002: Go Get Your Life Back - Donald Lawrence 2005: Get Thee Behind Me - Sacramento Metropolitan GMWA 2006: Praise & Worship - Daryl Coley (producer) 2008: The Sound - Mary Mary 2010: The Gospel Music Celebration: Tribute to Bishop G.E. Patterson - Various artists (“What is This”) 2010: The Gospel Music Celebration, Pt. 2: Tribute To Bishop G.E. Patterson - Various artists (“I Love You, Lord”) Video [edit ] 1982: Gospel 1983: Oh Happy Day 1991: Love Alive, Vol. 4 (Malaco) 1998: Walter Hawkins & The Hawkins Family (Monterey Video) 1998: Love Alive, Vol. 5: 25th Anniversary Reunion, Vol. 1 (Interscope) 1999: Love Alive, Vol. 5: 25th Anniversary Reunion, Vol. 2 (Interscope) 2006: Song in My Heart (Coda) 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: 1980: Soul Gospel Album of the Year for Love Alive II; Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir 1982: Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year for The Hawkins Family Live 1991: Traditional Song of the Year for “The Potter’s House” (co-songwriter)
He won two
Stellar Awards: 2006: Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year 2006: Traditional CD of the Year for A Song In My Heart References [edit ] ^ 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. External links [edit ]