- Edwin Hawkins (Soloist - USA)
- Larry Johnson (grandpiano - USA)
- Carl Wheeler (add. Keyboards - USA)
- Joel Smith (drums/perc. - USA)
- Luca Genta (Bass, Cello - I/NL)
- Dimitry Reznik (Violin - RUS)
- Backing-Choir (USA) consisting of
- Lawrence Matthews
- Lynette Hawkins-Stephens
- Brenda Roy
- Diīta Monique
LAWRENCE MATTHEWS (Voc)
In the age of five years, Lawrence did his first
solo-performances in the Good Samaritan Church of God in
Christ in Oakland, California. Later on when he joined
music-business, it was an advantage for him, being part of
one of the first music-families in the country, the
Hawkins-clan. His cousin Edwin Hawkins helped him a lot in
building up his musical career. A connection that lives on
It is now several weeks, that his second Solo-album "All I
have" was released, co-produced by Rev. Daryl Coley and
Jerry Mitchell. It has been awarded with the renowned "Stellar
LYNETTE HAWKINS-STEPHENS (Voc)
When her older brother Edwin started to tour with his
Mega-Hit "Oh happy day", she was still too young to join the
band. But her musical talents was so great, that she became
member of the Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1973. Up from that time
she toured and recorded with that group. 1987 her brother
Walter Hawkins produced her first Solo-album "Baby Sis", which
was nominated for the GRAMMY of the best female Soul
performance. The big names in Pop-business started to invite
her to be part of tours and studio-sessions. She worked with
artists like Michael Bolton, George Duke, Whitney Houston,
Angela Bofill. On the "Earth, Wind and Fire"-album "Touch the
World", Lynette was featured Vocalist.
Lynette also belonged to the cast of Steve Martins Movie-hit
"Leap of Faith" and could be seen in leading roles of the
Broadway-Musicals "Sing Mahalia, sing" and "Mamma, donīt".
At present she performs in the Musical "Raisin" besides
co-stars like Peabo Bryson and Jeffrey Osborne.
DIīTA MONIQUE (Voc)
She is much more than "just another songstress". Her
creativity, perfection and dynamic makes the job-description
"vocalist" far more applicable to Di'ta Monique. Several first
places in national talent-hunts gave an early glimpse on her
diverse gifts. In 1992 she worked together with the legendary
Cab Calloway, later on with artists like John P.Kee, The Five
Blind Boys, The Winans, Commissioned and last but not least
with the great Yolanda Adams. Many of her songs she is writing
herself and she performed numerous Musical-roles.
For instance as Dorothy in "Wizard of Oz", Billie Holiday in
"Lady sings the Blues", Sharon in the Hit-Musical "Sneaky" and
since several weeks Michael Matthews "Fake Friends" on
BRENDA ROY (Voc)
Look up "versatile" in a dictionary and you will have a true
description of vocal stylist Brenda Roy. With ten years she
began her road to vocal excellence with the choir of the
McGee Avenue Baptist Church. Later on she studied at the
Sausalito Music school, where she received training from the
late Gospel great Rev. James Cleveland. 1980 she got into
contact with Walter Hawkins and the precision tutelage of
Many live-performances and recordings with them and other
fellow-artists followed. For instance with Patti LaBelle,
James Brown, Lionel Richie, Earth Wind & Fire, George Michael
and the Oakland Symphony Orchestra she had different times of
cooperation. She also performed different renowned TV-shows
as the Oprah Winfrey show and David Letterman's "Late Show".
In the last year she also sang in the White House for
President Clinton's birthday party.
Brenda Roy is not only a superb vocal artist, she is also an
accomplished actress and stage performer.
JOEL SMITH (drums/percussion)
In the tender age of 16, Joel Smith accompanied already the
Hawkins Family on tours around the world. At this time he was
working as professional drummer also for Yolanda Adams, James
Moore and Vanessa Bell.
His unlimited percussive abilities and easy-going, down to
earth personality was used in the last years also by artists
like Shanice, Sheila E., Jay Spencer, Narada Michael Walden,
El de Barge and numerous other artists in studio and on
different world-tours. As drummer, Joel is one of the first
addresses in the United states.
LARRY JOHNSON (Piano)
People say, that this world-class-pianoplayer from St.Louis/
Misouri has the best chances to become the heir of Ray Charles
on his instrument and with his clownesque humour. For several
years he is now partner of Edwin Hawkins in his solo-concerts,
but he is also partner for quite a number of other renowned
artists worldwide. Larry Johnson studied classical piano, but
when he discovered the energy of Gospel and Soul Music, he
changed completely into these styles.
CARL WHEELER (Piano)
With 11 years Carl started his musical Career as pianoplayer
in different bands and in the TV-program of Channel 4 "just
kidding". At school Carl conducted the Castlemont Casteleers
in Oakland and started arranging songs. Along with high school
friends, Carl became the keyboardist and backing singer for
Sheila E. They toured with Sheila E. and Lionel Richie in the
"Dancing on the ceiling" tour and with Prince, tour in Japan.
After the tours with Sheila E., the band assembled as group,
named "Toni! Tony! Tone!". Carl was the group's keyboardist
and musical director. In 1987 the group recorded the album
"who?" and went on promotion tour. The group's second album
"Revival" contained the two #1 Hits "Feels Good" and "Whatever
you want", written by Carl Wheeler. In 1991 the third album
"Sons of Soul" was released with the GRAMMY-nominated song
"Anniversary", again written by Carl Wheeler.
As pianoplayer Carl toured in the past with Edwin, Walter and
Tramaine Hawkins and many others. He is musical director and
pianoplayer for Michelle Shocked, Bobby McFerrin, "Too Short"
and Frankie Beverly. Carl is the owner of Coda-Studios in
Oakland, California, where he for instance wrote and produced
the latest album for Jay Spencer "Blue Moon".
LUCA GENTA (Cello)
Luca's origin is Italy, where he studied music at Asti and
practised for many years in the band of the italian Cantautore
Albino Montisci. His soul-full style of playing Bass, Cello,
Flutes and many kinds of ethno-flutes brought him times of
cooperation with artists like Adrian Snell, Andreas
Vollenweider, Oslo Gospel Choir, the dutch shooting star
Ralph van Manen and also Edwin Hawkins. Since several years,
Luca lives in Holland, where he is one of the most busy
studio-musicians. In 1996 he released his first solo-album "Navigando".
DIMITRY REZNIK (Violine)
Dimitry comes from Russia, where he played the first violin
in different renowned orchestras, before he came to Germany
at the end of the 80's. He lives now in Cologne, where he
performs sometimes with the Philharmonic Orchestra, but even
more oft with his own Klezmer-Combo and as studio-musician.