EDWIN HAWKINS – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – December 11th, 2016


GRAMMY©-winning American Gospel and R&B musician


Sun 12.11

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA


Edwin Hawkins
Edwin Hawkins
Background Information:

Born: August 19, 1943
Origin: Oakland, California
Genre(s): Gospel, Soul, R&B
Occupation(s): Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Instrument(s): Vocals, Keyboards
Years active: 1960 – Present
Labels: Pavilion Records, Buddah Records, Birthright Records,
Myrrh Records, Fixit Records,
Management: Greif-Garris Management

Edwin Hawkins is a musical multi-talent and has a reputation as a pioneer, trailblazer, and reformer of Gospel and R&B. Edwin Hawkins is still working with over 40 years on the big stages of the world. He is vibrant and creative as ever with many new ideas to again change the direction of Gospel Music like no one else can.

Edwin Hawkins is a Grammy Award-winning American Gospel and R & B musician, pianist, choir leader, composer and arranger. He is one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound. He (and the Edwin Hawkins Singers) are best known for his arrangement of “Oh Happy Day” (1968-69), which was included on the Songs of the Century list.

“Oh Happy Day” the greatest Gospel hit of all time. He developed a new musical style, that became known in the Gospel World as Contemporary Gospel Music which is influencing Pop Music even today.

At the age of seven, Hawkins’ was already the keyboardist to accompany the family’s gospel group at the end of the 40’s. In 1957, they recorded their first record. In 1968, together with Betty Watson, they founded the Northern California State Youth Choir, which included almost 50 members. This ensemble recorded its first album “Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord” at the Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, California, hoping to sell 500 copies. “Oh Happy Day” was just one of the eight songs on the album.

When a rock underground San Francisco radio station started to play “Oh Happy Day”, it became an immediate success, featuring the lead vocals of Dorothy Coombs Morrison, the subsequently released single rocketed to sales of over a million copies within two months. It crossed over to the pop charts making U.S. #4 and UK #2 in 1969. It then became an international success, selling more than 7 million copies worldwide, and Edwin Hawkins, was awarded his first Grammy. Hawkins’ arrangement of the song was eventually covered by The Four Seasons on their 1970 album Half & Half.

In 1970 the ensemble made a return appearance on the pop charts in support of Melanie on her hit “Lay Down (Candle in the Wind).” Edwin Hawkins remained a critical favorite, and in 1972 the Singers won a second Grammy for “Every Man Wants To Be Free”. Recording prolifically throughout the remainder of the decade, in 1980, they won a third Grammy for “Wonderful”; a fourth, for “If You Love Me”, followed three years later.

In 1982, Edwin Hawkins cut back on his work as live performing artist to have more time for his work as songwriter, producer and promoter of young talents, and founded the Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar. An annual week-long convention that offers workshops exploring all facets of the gospel industry and helping new artist get discovered by talent scouts. The Conference finishes each year with a live performance by the assembled mass choir.

Totally clear, that the concert scene is still attracting a musician like Edwin Hawkins. For the 1997 European Tour, he invited a small list of excellent musicians and singers. Together with the artist he recorded a CD “Love Is The Only Way”, which contained many new titles also a new radio version of “Oh Happy Day”.

Awards Received:

Grammy Award – 1970: Best Soul Gospel Performance – “Oh Happy Day”, performed by The Edwin Hawkins Singers;

Grammy Award - 1971: Best Soul Gospel Performance – “Every Man Wants To Be Free”, performed by the Edwin Hawkins Singers;

Grammy Award - 1978: Best Soul Gospel Performance – “Wonderful”, performed by the Edwin Hawkins Singers;

Grammy Award - 1993: Best Gospel or Chorus Album – Choir Director on Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir – “If You Love Me”, Recorded Live in Oakland, Performed by the Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir;

Recipient of 2008 President Merit Award - Grammy Salute to Gospel Music, In Celebration of Black History Month; Award Presented by Grammy President Neil Portnow;


 Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord (1968)
 Oh Happy Day (1969) (Buddah Records re-issue of previous 1968 LP)
 Hebrew Boys (1969)
 Ain’t It Like Him (1970)
 More Happy Days (1971)
 Peace Is Blowin’ In The Wind (1972)
 Children Get Together (1972)
 I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing (1973)
 New World (1974)
 Live (1974)
 Edwin Hawkins Presents the Matthews Sisters (1975)
 Wonderful (1976)
 The Comforter (1977)
 Imagine Heaven (1982)
 Live In Atlanta (1982)
 Live with the Oakland Symphony (1982)
 Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir (1983)
 Live with the Oakland Symphony Vol. 2 (1984)
 Have Mercy with the Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir (1985)
 Angels Will Be Singing w/the Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir (1986)
 Give Us Peace w/the Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir (1987)
 That Name w/the Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir (1988)
 Face to Face (1990)
 Comforter (1990)
 Wonderful (1990)
 Music & Arts Seminar Chicago Mass Choir (1990)
 Seminar (1991)
 Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir (1992)
 Oh Happy Day Reunion (1992)
 If You Love Me (1993)
 Imagine Heaven (1994)
 Christmas (1994)
 King & Kingdoms (1994)
 Edwin Hawkins Singers (1994)
 All Things Are Possible Live in Toledo (1995)
 Dallas Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir (1997)
 Edwin Hawkins with Oakland Symphony Orchestra (1997)
 Love Is the Only Way (1998)
 Tampa Music & Arts Seminar (1998)
 Shine Your Light (2000)
 Church Time (2000)
 People In Need (2006)
 Testify w/the Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir (2008)
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607