Stevie Hawkins was victorious in the
December 2015 Akademia Music Awards in Los Angeles,
winning the award for "Best Blues / R&B Song " for the title "Talk To Me ", co-written by Charlotte Hannon. The winners were selected by a judging panel of music industry professionals who reviewed hundreds of song entries for consideration of the accolades.
The song "Talk To Me" is featured on Hawkins' album, "What The Funk?" This makes the 7th accolade received by Hawkins and Charlotte Hannon for the album. Hawkins said, "This is exciting news. I am very honored to have been nominated by the judging panel, and thank them and The Akademia Music Awards sincerely for deeming the song worthy of this honor. I am looking forward to moving ahead with Akademia in their promotional campaign. Congratulations to all artists who were recipients in the December awards. I wish all of you much success."
The Akademia team says, "We wanted to take this opportunity to formally congratulate you on winning The Akademia Music Award for Best Blues / R&B Song for ‘Talk To Me’ in the December 2015 Akademia Music Awards! Please accept our warmest congratulations from The Akademia team on your outstanding achievement in the field of music. We look forward to working closely with you to advance your music career. Winning an Akademia Award is a rare career distinction. It also means you are now inside the gates of an organization that can significantly advance your career as an artist."
The Akademia awards team made this quote about Talk To Me, "Steve Hawkins' charged blues R&B jam fuses raw lyricism and breezy sax backing into a feel-good romp that would make Chuck Berry grin with pride." Hawkins, having played drums for Chuck Berry a number of years ago, feels quite elated about the Akademia committee's sentiment.
Akademia Music Awards board member and veteran record executive, Ken Wilson, has held senior post positions at Arista Records, Columbia MCA, J Records and Warner Brothers. Wilson has shaped the careers of legendary artists such as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Seal, Sade, George Michael and many more, leading to record sales in excess of $2 Billion.
“The traditional music business model has changed dramatically over the past twenty years. But while many doors have closed to new artists, many new doors have opened as well. The Akademia brings together the expertise of top record executives and producers to help guide the careers of new up-and-coming artists and groom them for success,” states Ken. "I look forward to The Akademia becoming a major force in the near future.", said Wilson.
Ken Wilson started his career in music at Arista Records. There he worked with acclaimed artists Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Billy Ocean, Taylor Dayne and Kenny G. Ken continued his journey on to Columbia Records where he served as Senior Vice President of Radio Promotions. He became responsible for the success of artists such as Mariah Carey, Maxwell, LL Cool J, George Michael, Kriss Kross, DaBrat, Slick Rick and more. He then went on to MCA Records as President of Urban Music where he oversaw operations in the urban music division, signing KC & JoJo of Jodeci, Rahsaan Patterson, Anthony Hamilton, coordinated the success of Mary J Blige’s ‘Share My World’ album and New Edition’s ‘Home Again’.
Ken Wilson’s reputation then brought him to J Records where he reported directly to Clive Davis as Senior Vice President of Urban Music. Once again, Ken played a key role in the success of artists such as Alicia Keys, Luther Vandross, Monica, Busta Rhymes, Mario, Fantasia, Jamie Foxx and Ruben Studdard, to name a few. After a long tenure at J Records, Ken moved to the west coast to serve as Senior Vice President of Urban Music at Warner Brothers Records. There, he was responsible for urban radio airplay and marketing efforts while managing budgets and overseeing field staff. Here he has been instrumental in the careers of Seal, Eric Benet, Mike Jones and V.I.C. of ‘Wobble’ fame. Ken is continuing to guide successful artists, such as Beyonce, Johnny Gill, Eric Benet, J. Cole, Juicy J and Cee-Lo, through effective marketing and promotions.
The Akademia Music Awards is based in Los Angeles, California and supports musicians interested in receiving a higher degree of market exposure and recognition in the new music business era. As one of the six Akademia board members, Ken concentrates his efforts on the Hip-Hop, R&B and Gospel categories, guiding artists from the earliest stages to commercial success.
The following are all recipients in the Blues awards category. Click on their names to view their award certificate page on the Akademia website.
Blues - Best Song - George W. Arrington
Blues - Best EP - Heroes Of The Night
Blues - Best Music Video - Carlos Elliot Jr.
Blues / R&B - Best Song - Stevie Hawkins
Blues / Rock - Best Song - Randy Frisch
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