Friday, December 7, 2007
SUNNY HAWKINS' GOSPEL ALBUM FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND BEYOND
Off the success of her run as one of the leads in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical, “Rent.” Sunny Hawkins has taken her career to the next level with the release of her debut CD “More of You,” on Stillwaters, the contemporary inspirational imprint of Hidden Beach Recordings.
I recently interviewed Sunny during the World AIDS Week event in Oakland and shared with her that I love so many of the songs on this gospel/inspirational CD that I can't stop playing it. I really love "Like Air," "Love Me Too," & "More of You."
The daughter-in-law of the legendary Tramaine and Walter Hawkins, the project boasts 14 songs and is co-written and produced by Sunny Hawkins and her husband Jamie Hawkins. Jaime built a reputation for himself as musical director for several multi-platinum acts, Boyz II Men, Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige, while Sunny Hawkins is no stranger to the music business as she along with hit producer, Troy Taylor penned “The Only Thing Missin,” which became the lead single on an Aretha Franklin hit.
Clearly fluent in a wide range of genres, Sunny Hawkins delivers a rivetingly original amalgam of jazzy R&B and pop, with flashes of everything from edgy to power-chording rock guitars finding a perfect place in the final mix. Delightfully defying easy categorization, she paints a canvas that can be truly be called her own.
Sunny Hawkins calls her sound urban inspirational and that comes as close as any label would, if you need a label. Better still to just call it Sunny Hawkins, and “More of You,” then pop in her CD, and listen as her voice begin to soar above the stars.
Thanks Sunny for making the Oakland AIDS Benefit Concert even more special by adding your beautiful voice.
Keep the inspiration coming because I want to hear MORE OF YOU!
See one of her videos below.