It is now nearly 1 ˝ decades ago, since he has been touring
in the countries of the western and mid-Europe, the so-called
Godfather of Gospel Music. Nevertheless he still
belongs to the most busy persons world-wide of that business
as musician, entertainer, songwriter and music-producer.
Especially in Scandinavia, Japan and in the United States the
people have not yet forgotten, that he was the one who brought
with his albums, his songs, his GRAMMY awards and his
countless TV-shows international popularity to Gospelmusic.
Beside that, in the standard music-lexica Edwin Hawkins is
defined as the inventor of the Contemporary Gospel
Music. With that kind of music, he managed to blow the dust
off that incredible dynamic music.
In times of increasing Gospel-fever in concerthalls and
choirs of different countries, it is now time for this year´s
autumn-tour of Edwin Hawkins, his legendary singers, a
first-class-band and strings. Short
before the tour, Edwin Hawkins will release his new album.
Edwin Hawkins became world-famous through his Evergreen
Oh happy day, that was the first and
up to now only Nr-1-Hit in the history of Gospelmusic. The 2-track-recording
with its first edition of 500 copies became evergreen and
myth in 1969 over night. With more than 7 million copies sold,
until today it is the most successful Gospelalbum of all times.
Edwin Hawkins has been awarded with 4 GRAMMYs for this and
other albums. Since then, many million Hawkins-albums have
been sold and Edwin Hawkins received quite a number of
different awards. The enthusiastic press-critics after several
test-concerts in 1996 in Italy and Germany said "...a voice
like Nat King Cole" or "The Elvis Presley of Gospel Music".
When there is nowadays a growing gospel-scene in the USA
and many other countries, than it is not at least the
achievement of this gentleman. Also pop music is nowadays
strongly influenced through gospel-elements and comes back to
some basic thoughts of this reformer of Gospelmusic.
No doubt about it: Edwin Hawkins is the biggest name in
today's Gospelmusic. Some years ago, in the USA a special
"Edwin Hawkins day" was celebrated in Washington D.C. and some
other cities to honour the grand world-star, without whom no
music-lexicon can exist and that wrote music-history in a way
as only very few fellow-artists did. Nevertheless he stayed
"on the floor", because he knows about the ups and downs in
Beside his world-wide concert-activities (in the last time
with Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle and others) he is caring about
young talents with his "Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts
Seminar". More than 1000 Gospelchoirs in Scandinavia and ca.
10.000 similar groups in the USA cling to their ideal Edwin
Hawkins, when they do not mind to play Heavy-Gospel, change
traditional Gospel-scores to Hiphop-rhythms or try out similar
interesting crossover-variants. More than 5000 highly talented
young and active participants are gathering every summer the
seminar-site at Florida to get coached by Edwin Hawkins and
others highly qualified colleagues..
Therefore it is normal, that the audience of the Edwin
Hawkins concerts consists beside the traditional middle-aged
Gospel-audience also of a big part of young people. The
personality of this great artist attracts people of all ages
and all backgrounds. They feel, that here is much more going
on than playing "covers of folklore". Living music-history
is happening in these concerts!