Miles Grayson, Lermon Horton, Stevie Hawkins, Participation Recipients In Rolling Stones "Blue & Lonesome" Win At 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards
February 2, 2018 ~ Atlanta, GA
Composers Miles Grayson and Lermon Horton, and Stevie Hawkins, Executive/A&R Manager for Respect Music Company, BMI, are winning 'Participation Recipients' in the Rolling Stones, 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards win in Best Traditional Blues Album category, for "Blue & Lonesome".
The Rolling Stones won 'Best Traditional Blues Album' for "Blue & Lonesome" at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy also recognized composers Miles Grayson, Lermon Horton, and Respect Music Company Executive/A&R Manager, Stevie Hawkins, with a Recording Academy 'Participation Certificate' for their creative and professional involvement in the Rolling Stones GRAMMY - Winning recording of the Grayson/Horton composition “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing", track number six on "Blue & Lonesome".
The Rolling Stones recorded the album during December 2015 at, British Grove Studios, in Chiswick, West London England. The studio is owned by Mark Knopfler, founding member of the band, Dire Straits. "Blue & Lonesome" takes its title from Little Walter‘s 1959 song of the same name, and spotlights tunes by some of the band's early music inspirations including: Howlin’ Wolf, Little Johnny Taylor, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, and Lightnin’ Slim. The album was released December 2, 2016, on Interscope Records, Rolling Stones Records, Promotone B.V., Polydor Records and distributed by Universal Music Group. The album climbed to number 1 in 40 countries on iTunes with "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" reaching number 11 in the Billboard Digital Singles Chart. The album was Certified Silver and Gold on December 9, 2016, and Certified Platinum - February 3, 2017, by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), London UK. The album has received platinum certifications in Austria, Belgium, Poland, and double-platinum in France.
2016 Indie Music Channel Honors Stevie Hawkins With Two Awards
May 25, 2016 ~ Atlanta, GA
Indie Music Channel Awards nominee Stevie Hawkins prevailed triumphant in two award categories, "Best Live R&B Performance" and "Best Live Blues Performance". Sharing the award for the R&B performance award were Grammy nominated percussionist to the stars, Victor Orlando, and visionary producer-arranger-composer Miles Grayson.
The Hawkins, Orlando and Grayson R&B accolade was garnered from their outstanding concert performance at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood for the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards and Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards mass media, press event and show. On the night, Hawkins, Orlando and Grayson rendered an exciting and energetic rendition of the indie hit "Bam", from Hawkins critically acclaimed award-winning album "What The Funk?” written by Charlotte Hannon and Stevie Hawkins.
Hawkins' blues award win is for a song titled "Tribute To James Brown", recorded live in Atlanta, GA, written, arranged, performed and produced by Hawkins. The live performance captures Hawkins keeping soulful Rhythm & Blues alive by rendering a powerful heartfelt tribute to the incomparable Mr. James Brown. Hawkins and his band pay bone-deep homage to Brown's musical riffs, vocalizations, songs, audience participation, and social consciousness. When watching the accompanying video to the song, it is rather amazing to see Mr. Brown and his band dancing and grooving to Hawkins beat on drums and the rhythmic foundation churned out his band. It is truly a remarkable visual conveyance of the fluid authenticity of Brown's groove that was captured and performed by Hawkins and company.
Best R&B Producer
Best R&B Song (2 nominations)
Best Live R&B Performance (2 nominations)
Indie Music Channel Nominates Stevie Hawkins For 13 Awards
March 21, 2016 ~ Atlanta, GA
Multi-Genre artist, composer and producer Stevie Hawkins, further solidifies his work in music, ranking in with thirteen Indie Music Channel Awards nominations in Hollywood. The 5th Annual Indie Music Channel Awards Ceremony and Red Carpet Event will be conducted Sunday April 24, 2016, at The Clive Davis Theatre, inside the legendary Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California.
This year, Hawkins' peers have nominated him in the genres of: Americana, Blues, Easy Listening, R&B and Live Performance. Hawkins co-writer, Charlotte Hannon, received four songwriter nominations in the "Best Song" categories of: Americana, Blues, Easy Listening and R&B. John Breen, acclaimed traditional Irish recording artist and songwriter produced by Hawkins, received a nomination in the Americana genre "Best Song" category along with famed musician, songwriter and producer, Tim Crouch. For "Live Performance", Hawkins garnered a nomination in the Blues category, and two nominations in the R&B category alongside legendary music producer, composer, arranger and musician, Miles Grayson, and Grammy nominated percussionist, Victor Orlando.
A person might consider that having received multiple awards and nominations in the past would mellow Hawkins' excitement about awards nominations, but to him, every nomination is an honor.
Speaking from his home in Atlanta, Georgia, a humble Hawkins conveyed, "I’m quite honored and excited to be nominated in the Indie Music Channel awards. Thirteen nominations in five categories is a definite "WOW" factor, and believe me, most unexpected. This is also a significant achievement for co-writers Charlotte Hannon and Tim Crouch, artist John Breen, and band members Miles Grayson and Victor Orlando, by receiving nominations in their own right. The nominations are also a commendation to the many fabulous musicians and vocalists who have contributed their inborn talents and art to our music. Collectively, we're very appreciative and moved by the recognition and support of our peers, and touched that our creative expressions have received these great honors. Congratulations to all the nominees, and our sincere thanks and gratitude go out to Indie Music Channel founder Christopher Ewing, and the panel of judges for the nominations. Christopher focuses an enormous amount of time and positive energy into the career advancement of indie artists, and for that, we deeply appreciate him and his efforts. Most importantly, thank You, God, for the Blessing of Life and Creativity.""
In the 1st Annual Indie Music Channel Awards, Hawkins took home the "Best Male Blues Artist" accolade, and received a nomination for "Best Live Blues Performance".
For over four decades, Hawkins has been one of the pioneers and innovators of music. Throughout his career he has performed all over the world, including Carnegie Hall with Albert King, has released critically-acclaimed albums, created music for film and commercial ad productions, has collaborated with many of the world's most gifted musicians, engineers and producers, and is a humble recipient of many honors and awards.
The Indie Music Channel was created by Emmy Award winning TV host, actor and model, Christopher Ewing. Mr. Ewing is passionate about teaching and helping independent artists, and promoting their music globally.
"I created The Indie Music Channel and 'The Radio Cafe' radio show because I have always felt that there needed to be more support for local, indie music. There are a lot of really talented singers and bands out here whose music isn't getting enough radio play, if at all, mostly because they aren't signed to a big record deal with a major label. Whether these singers or bands have a record deal or not, they still have AWESOME music that deserves to be heard on the radio and now, through the Indie Music Channel, there is an outlet for them to get their music played." says Mr. Ewing.
As an actor, Ewing has appeared on such top rated shows as "All My Children", "One Life to Live" and others, plus over 80 radio & T.V. commercials. He has also been the narrator and /or spokesperson in countless industrial films for General Motors, IBM and many others. indiemusicchannel.com/profile/christopherewing
Christopher is also the President and Founder of The Hang On to the Dream Foundation, a national, 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization that helps kids from around the country by providing them with needed equipment, opportunities and finances in an effort to help them reach their goals in life. Click for more information, and to make a donation, visit: hangontothedream.org
Sunday April 24, 2016 - The 5th Annual Indie Music Channel Awards Ceremony held at The Clive Davis Theatre inside the legendary Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California. Red Carpet arrivals at 6pm, Awards Presentations start at 7pm, featuring live performances by top Indie Music Channel artists from around the world. Catering provided by Wolfgang Puck. wolfgangpuck.com. For tickets and information please visit: theindiemusicchannel.tv/tix.html
Stevie Hawkins Releases New Pop/R&B Single
January 20, 2016 ~ Atlanta, GA
Stevie Hawkins kicks off 2016 with a hot new (radio-ready) single release entitled "I Know You Know" on Emphasis Records. An animated video was created by graphic designer Rick Thompson to accompany the release. Written, produced and engineered by Hawkins, the song is a testament to Stevie’s expansive musicianship and vocal abilities. Why is that? Everything you hear in the track was performed by Hawkins himself.
The track begins with a catchy chorus, then swiftly lures us in with its pulsating mid-tempo groove. Progressing forward, the song becomes increasingly addictive by the clever-hook melody, relatable lyrics and the tasteful instrumentation, building to a soaring ardent vocal and musical climax. "I Know You Know" is undeniably a radio hit song. The track differs greatly from Hawkins' previous releases, but further demonstrates the diversity and believability this artist can bring to the table.
Over the coming weeks, the song will be distributed for adds on Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary radio stations. Online stores carrying the digital release will include iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, CD Baby and other major online retailers. Hawkins and his label have decided not to distribute the song to Spotify, Pandora, or other music streaming services at this time.
“I Know You Know” is an exhilarating blend of Pop and R&B that reminds his fans why he has hit the top numerous times; in its simplicity, the track is pure magic. If “I Know You Know” is a hint of what is coming soon from this revered artist, then his future releases are posing to be epic!
“After my decades of composing, arranging, and producing hit songs, I Know You Know is a bona-fide smash.”
- Miles Grayson, Producer (BB King, ZZ Hill, Canned Heat, Johnny Taylor) Respect Music - Los Angeles
“I've Been Waiting On A Miracle...And Here It Is...A Must For Anyone Serious About Great Music!”
- Lacy Darryl Phillips, a.k.a. The Uncle Earl, Host of Ultimate Underground on KCLA 99.3 FM - Los Angeles
“This is the kind of music performed "live" that people will pay for!”
- Skip Dillard, Operations Manager/Program Director - WBLS 107.5 FM - New York
Stevie Hawkins Wins The Akademia Music Awards "Best Blues / R&B Song"
Dec 19, 2015 ~ Atlanta, GA
Stevie Hawkins has won The Akademia Music Awards "Best Blues / R&B Song" for the song "Talk To Me", written by Charlotte Hannon and Stevie, featured on his album "What The Funk?" This makes the 7th award for the album. "This is exciting news. I am very honored to have been selected by the judging panel, and thank them and The Akademia Music Awards sincerely for this honor. Looking forward to moving forward with them and their promotional campaign.", said Hawkins.
"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", said Akademia. Located in Los Angeles, California, The Akademia Music Awards is dedicated to recognizing excellence in music throughout the world and supporting musicians interested in receiving a higher degree of market exposure and professional recognition for their work.
Stevie Hawkins Releases Live Concert Video From 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards
Oct 28, 2015 ~ Atlanta, GA
In this newly released footage, Stevie Hawkins, Grammy Nominated percussionist Victor Orlando and legendary musician and record producer Miles Grayson, funk up the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, performing two "What The Funk?" album cuts "Bam" and "Good Times", at the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards and Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards.
Stevie was recipient in the "Urban Artist" award category and Victor Orlando was recipient of "Lifetime Achievement, Percussionist" Hollywood F.A.M.E. award at the event. Presentations of Stevie's "Record of the Year" award and Victor's "Lifetime Achievement, Percussionist" award are also included in this video.
Victor Orlando, is known as the "percussionist to the stars". He has performed and recorded with, Gap Band, Yarbrough & Peoples, L.L. Cool J, Chaka Khan, Billy Preston, Teena Marie, Bobby Womack, and many more. Victor Orlando currently performs and records with his band "Victor Orlando & Fun-Ja-La". victororlandomusic.com
Miles Grayson has a long and successful history in the music business as a recording artist, musician, arranger, composer, record producer, and A&R. As founder of Grayson Productions and Respect Music Company, BMI, Miles has produced, arranged and composed for major recording artists including, Little Johnny Taylor, Ted Taylor, Jefferson Starship, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, ZZ Hill, The Beach Boys, B.B. King, Bobby Womack, Sam Cooke, among others.
According to Al Bowman and Susanna Griffie, former executive producers of the program, the performance by Stevie Hawkins and Victor Orlando was the first time in the twenty-five year history of the LA Music Awards that a nominee and recipient was joined onstage by a Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards recipient to perform.
Campbell's Soup Uses Stevie Hawkins As The Voice and Producer For Their Upcoming Walmart Concert Tour Series Radio Commercials
Aug 17, 2015 ~ Atlanta, GA
Stevie Hawkins recently produced, engineered, co-wrote ad copy, and provided the voice for Campbell's Soup Concert Tour series commercials, featuring country music artist Daryle Singletary.
The creative team of "The Mars Agency", a high-profile advertising agency, is responsible for the core composition of the ad copy for Campbell's.
Go see and hear Dayle Singletary's show if he is in a city near you. The man is a great singer and entertainer. Be sure to buy Campbell's condensed, Chunky, and Homestyle soups. Campbell's Soup and Daryle Singletary, M'm M'm Good!
Stevie Plays Drums and Engineers On New Contemporary EP By Famed Steel Guitarist Cowboy Eddie Long
Aug 14, 2015 ~ Atlanta, GA
Stevie Hawkins is honored to have been a part of the great steel guitarist Cowboy Eddie Long solo EP project, playing drums and engineering several of the songs alongside producer and guitarist Johnny Carlton.
The stellar EP featuring Cowboy Eddie Long, is a mix of contemporary jazz, funk and easy listening. The EP also includes musicians Dean Daughtry of the Atlanta Rhythm Section on keyboards, bassist Gary Land, guitarists Rick Hinkle and Johnny Carlton.
Eddie has played steel guitar on 23 albums with Hank Williams, Jr., three albums with Kenny Chesney, two albums with Jamey Johnson, studio work for The Kentucky Headhunters, Blind Boys of Alabama, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Confederate Railroad and many many others.
Stevie Hawkins Releases New Two-Song Soul/R&B/Blues Single
June 18, 2015 ~ Atlanta, GA
As an artist who we have come to know for expecting the unexpected, Stevie Hawkins remains true to form with his new two-song single release, rendering a passionate modern Soul - R&B music ballad, then entertaining us with a rousing Big Band blues arrangement. Yet, both songs are readily identifiable by Hawkins' signature voice.
'Diamonds In The Sky' is a sensuous, romantic ballad that will transport you to a dimension of love and soothing relaxation either by yourself, or with that very special someone. This is sophisticated Soul/R&B with smooth jazz flavors at its very best.
The ballad vocally captures Hawkins as a sensualist, who fluently phrases, caresses and delivers the lyrics from whispers to impassioned intensity. The song is tastefully seasoned with warm -- layered Fender Rhodes and atmospheric synthesizers by Grammy award-winning master of musical magic, the late George Duke. Interspersed throughout the track are sultry alto saxophone embellishments by Stephan Sechi, and a lilting chromatic harmonica solo by Ralph Rosen, reminiscent of Toots Thielemans or Stevie Wonder. The song glows with vibrancy, feels good, and you will want to listen on repeat.
Hawkins inclusion of the bluesy big band song 'Sweet Honey', is a delightful treat indeed, reminiscent of Ray Charles or Count Basie. The Stevie Hawkins Blue Shoes Orchestra, a 14 piece horn section and 3 piece rhythm section, constitutes this powerful and fun song as a testament to the range of Hawkins' vocals and music, and is a magnificent addition to this release.
Emphasis CEO Tom Stevens said, "Not only is Stevie a remarkable artist, he is a unique musical force whose work resonates around the globe. The release of his new single will undoubtedly be one of the independent music highlights of 2015."
"Diamonds In The Sky and Sweet Honey were originally written and the basic tracks recorded in 2013. At the time, I viewed the songs as one-off tracks that we put together rather quickly for the purpose of using during my solo performance for the Los Angeles Music Awards voting party and press event at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, late September of that year. Being nominated as Urban Artist by the LA Music Awards, I wanted to have a fresh Urban/R&B song, as well as a contrasting bluesy song to sing for my live presentation to the judges and audience at the voting event. The mood recently came upon me to polish up the lyrics, record a new vocals, and complete production of the tunes. We are pleased with the outcome, so we're putting them out there. I'm not chasing a sound or jumping on trends with the release of songs. I'm just doing something that feels fresh to me. In the end, it's all about continuing to strive for greatness, doing the best that I can at what I love to do, which is create music”, Hawkins said. Ultimately, Stevie Hawkins was the recipient of the 2013 Los Angeles Music Awards Urban Artist award.
As an artist who likes to explore various styles of music, Stevie Hawkins proves here he belongs in the elite of Soul/R&B/Blues artists who can have ascendancy over more than one genre. He continues to propel his career and remains a formidable force on today's musical landscape.
If you're a true Stevie Hawkins fan, or if you've just discovered this multi-talented man, you'll want to have 'Diamonds In The Sky' and 'Sweet Honey' as part of your sophisticated Soul/R&B and Big Band Blues music collection!
Sync License Deal Signed For Television Series May 14, 2015 ~ Atlanta, GA
Emphasis Records is excited to announce that a sync license deal has been signed for an upcoming TV drama series, "The Book of Nimrod". The song "Bam" from Stevie Hawkins' "What The Funk?" album (writers Charlotte Hannon/Stevie Hawkins), was selected by "The Book of Nimrod" Director/Writer Carla Morales, and Music Supervisor Rob Schwartz, to be used in the series.
The Book of Nimrod is a dramatic series which delves into the dark world of Esteban "Nimrod" Santiago, a local hustler who gets a little girl in a back alley deal. He raises this innocent child as his own, but with his own twisted sense of parental guidance. As a result, Baby becomes the most feared assassin in the city, propelling Nimrod to heights he never imagined. All the while, Baby begins to reconsider who she is, and what her life has become, compared to what her life could still be.
New Stevie Hawkins Music Is In Pre-ProductionMay 13, 2015 ~ Atlanta, GA
After a break from touring, the limelight in Hollywood, promoting his recent single release, and producing an album for John Breen, pre-production is underway for new music from Stevie. Stevie conveys the style of the new music for the project will be announced soon.
Further updates will be posted as the project progresses.
Emphasis Records Releases John Breen Album Produced By Stevie HawkinsMay 12, 2015 ~ Atlanta, GA
Emphasis Records has released a new album by Irish recording artist John Breen titled "Origins". The 11 song album is a powerful mix of original Celtic songs and intriguing interpretations of the bluegrass and old time country. John's strong Irish ballad voice will instantly appeal to a new audience.
"Producing John's new album was a brilliant creative challenge, and that is in part what drives me! John is such pleasure to work with as an artist. Give him a bit of direction, then he takes a lyric and melody to make it his own. Such as an artist does...", said Hawkins.
The lyrics are written by award-winning Charlotte Hannon, produced and engineered by Stevie Hawkins (Daryle Singletary, Jeff Carson), and backlit with multi-instrumental work by Tim Crouch (Alan Jackson, Rhonda Vincent). Visit emphasisrecords.com for further details.
The Latest Single Release From
Stevie Hawkins :: Georgia On My Mind
Music lovers of
jazzy blues, this is a passionate, emotionally infused
performance of the Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
classic. The arrangement is dynamic, loaded with feel
and live orchestration. If you like classics, then you
will love this rendition.
One might assume a remake of this song is pointless and
would fall short after Ray Charles' stamp was placed on
it. However, music making simply doesn't
get any better than on this classic. Hawkins, a man of
understated musical sophistication went into the studio
for one-day and recorded a timeless, definitive, and
fully orchestrated performance of the song with
straightforward simplicity, mapping out the lyric with
his mastery of vocal phrasing and clarity. If you do
not know of Hawkins or his recordings, this magnificent
new rendition of Georgia On My Mind is a honey pot
attraction, an essential purchase, and jaw-dropping
Stevie Hawkins :: Georgia On My Mind
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