The new Stevie Hawkins "What The Funk?" CD has been released! To listen, check it out at http://www.atlantamusicgroup.com/GeorgiaJam.html or http://www.steviehawkins.com
With Bootsy Collins and Stevie Hawkins releasing new funk albums, and with Prince on tour, 2011 has shaped up to be the comeback year of the funk.
This video is a promotion for the new Stevie Hawkins WHAT THE FUNK? 2011 album release.
'What The Funk?' was written and recorded over a two year period in (New York - LA - Atlanta - UK - Barbados - Nashville), and features Stevie Hawkins with a fabulous lineup of guest artists and musicians. Those appearing on the album include; Soul Diva Jocelyn Brown, Sista Monica Parker, Tony Lindsay, D'Layna, Funk Dogg, Cooley, Jaroslav Jakubovic, The Blues Brothers Horns, The Memphis Horns, Joe Vitale, Thiago Pinheiro, Butch Taylor, Tyrone Chase, Anthony Vitti, Sal Giorgiani, Jennifer Cosaro, Ralph Rosen, Delicious Allstars, Sanj Sen, Chuck Webb and many more.
Although titled What The Funk?, the album is not entirely comprised of funk tunes. Says Stevie, "The album is a mix of funk, soul, jazz, latin, blues, disco, with rock overtones blended throughout the tracks. Although this is me doin' my thing, me being me, the album pays homage to some of my inspirations and influences as a vocalist and drummer such as Bootsy Collins and P-Funk, Clyde Stubblefield, Tower of Power, Al Green, Bobby Bland, George Clinton, Funkadelic, Sly Stone, James Brown, Toots Thielemans, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix and others. There is a little something here for everyone. You get the funk, and then some!"
With soulful vocals, deep drivin' bass, slick guitars, a big~n~tight in your face horn section, smooth Fender Rhodes, super-funky drums, Hammond B-3 organ-clavinet-Arp-Moog synthesizers, the heavy guns on this new album fire with all barrels.
Vocal: Stevie Hawkins
Featured Guest Vocalists/Artists: Jocelyn Brown Sista Monica Parker D'Layna Delicious Allstars
Background Vocals: Sista Monica D'Layna Maria Lakeisha Crawford Octavia Harris Alysha Rachel Feinberg
Sarita Arbello Tony Lindsay Chico Seguera Jerome Lewis Cooley Phonz Funk Dogg Kit Kat Joe
Harmonicas: Ralph Rosen
Percussion: Jary Mall Jennifer Cosaro Emilio Castanada Butch Taylor
Hammond B-3: Joe Vitale Kenny Craddock Tom Camp
Acoustic Piano: Thiago Pinheiro Jetro Da Silva Tom Camp
Drums: Stevie Hawkins Mike Bandoni on "Come On & Do It"
Guitars: Butch Taylor Tyrone Chase Eric Walls Marcus Snapp Sanj Sen on "Come On & Do It"
Bass: Chuck Webb Chris Pottinger Anthony Vitti Butch Taylor Sanj Sen on "Come On & Do It"
Fender Rhodes-Clavinet-Arp & Moog Synthesizers: Tom Camp Keith Harris Ed Moris on "Come On & Do It" D. "Halla" Goodrich
Brass: Don Harris-Trumpet Wayne Jackson-Trumpet Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin-Trumpet Joe Casano-Trumpet
Walter Platt-Trumpet Scott Harper-Trumpet Rob Cairns-Flute Birch "Crimson Slide" Johnson-Trombone
Kenny Wentzel-Trombone Bob Carlson-Trombone
Reeds: Jarolsav Jabubovic-Tenor Sax Stephan Sechi-Tenor/Alto Sax Sal Giorgiani-Tenor Sax Lou "Blue" Marini-Tenor Sax
Andrew Love-Tenor/Alto Sax Chuck Langford-Tenor Saxophone Scott Harper-Baritone Sax
Strings: The L.A. Real Strings Ensemble
Orchestral Harp: Angelica Wright
Lyrics: Charlotte Hannon Stevie Hawkins
Music: Stevie Hawkins
Produced - Engineered - Arranged - Edited - Mixed - Sound Design - Mastered by: Stevie Hawkins
Horn Arrangements & Recording: Stephan Sechi of Funk/Soul Productions - New York Walter Platt
Horn Arrangement "Chillin": Wayne Jackson Andrew Love -The Memphis Horns
Horn Arrangement "Come On & Do It": Birch Johnson Alan Rubin Lou Martini - The Blues Brothers Horns
Rhythm Track Production "Come On & Do It": Ed Moris Davide Carbone Sanj Sen
This is a promotional video for the Stevie Hawkins & Asteroid Funk "What The Funk? Tour 2012." The tour is in conjunction with the release of thee new critically acclaimed album titled "What The Funk" which is receiving global radio airplay.
On the upcoming tour, Stevie Hawkins on lead vocal and drums, will be supported by a stellar backing band, including members of the Blues Brothers Band, Tom "Bones" Malone on trombone, Blue Lou Marini on saxophone, and Rusty Cloud on keys. Also in the line-up is Don Harris on trumpet (Tower Of Power-Chaka Kahn), Jarolsav Jakubovic on saxophone, (Lionel Hampton-Bette Midler), Chuck Webb on bass, (Stevie Wonder-Grover Washington Jr), Butch Taylor on guitar, (Brecker Brothers-Patti Austin), Nate Wingfield on guitar (The Family Stone-Jimmy Castor) at select shows, Van Abbott on keys (Reba McEntire-Dolly Parton) at select shows, and B.B. Brown on percussion and back up drums (Gregg Allman-Leon Russell). On background vocals are Ula Hedwig (Robert Plant-Al Green), Tabitha King (Usher-Keith Sweat) and Heaven Davis (Delbert McClinton-Koko Taylor). Marini, Harris, Jakubovic, Webb and Taylor performed on "What The Funk."
Stevie Hawkins & Asteroid Funk, will launch their highly anticipated tour, playing festivals, and arenas throughout the summer and fall in Europe and the U.S.A. and beyond. An elated Hawkins says, "The band is incredibly tight, delivering a high-energy, thrilling fan concert experience, capable of producing awe-inspiring, emotion-filled moments both visually and musically. We will also have surprise legendary blues artists making guest appearance performances at select shows. The excitement level for us is extremely high!"
The show will be choreographed through the artistic vision and direction of the incomparable Lacy Darryl Phillips, whose professional background as Choreographer/Director for Television, Stage and Film includes: Bette Davis, Gregory Hines, The Academy Awards, Vanessa Williams, Cindy Herron (En Vogue), Phylicia Rashad, Expose', Sandra Reaves-Phillips, CeCe Peniston, "Polly I & II" for Disney, the CBS Movie "Stompin' At The Savoy." Other films include: "Sister Act II", "Death Becomes Her", "A Chorus Line", and "What's Love Got To Do With It." Mr. Phillips also staged "The Wiz" starring Peabo Bryson and Grace Jones and was Associate Choreographer/Director for Mariah Carey's "Around The World" Tour.
Host Uncle Earl on KCLA-FM and KLED-FM Los Angeles recently expressed with regard to Stevie Hawkins & Asteroid Funk's music, "I've been waiting on a miracle, and here it is. A must for anyone serious about great music." Skip Dillard, program director of WBLS-FM Chicago says about the "What The Funk" album, "This is the kind of music performed "live", that people will pay for!"
"What The Funk" is a fabulous collection of songs with lyrics written by Charlotte Hannon and Stevie Hawkins, and are performed by Hawkins and some of the world's premier musicians and vocalists. The album is a definitive, timeless and distinctive blend of funk, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, Latin and rock. Over the years the members of the band have contributed to some of the most enduring records in music history.
Tour dates and on sale information for Stevie Hawkins & Asteroid Funk will be announced soon. Check Stevie Hawkins website http://www.steviehawkins.com/asteroidfunk.html frequently for the most up to date tour news.
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Everything Is Subject To Change
Music video with Stevie Hawkins performing "Everything Is Subject To Change", originally a live recording from Stevie's first album titled "Georgia Jam". This is a beautiful Blues/Jazz ballad about a journey through the trials and tribulations of life, while remaining faithful to a belief in hope, dreams, love, and that only good things and abundance lie ahead.
Stevie Hawkins is the winner for "Best Jazz Artist" in the 2012 Artists In Music Awards. He was nominated "Best Blues Artist" in the 2012 Artists In Music Awards. His latest album "What The Funk?" was released September, 2011, by Emphasis Records.
"Everything Is Subject To Change"
Artist: Stevie Hawkins
Lyrics: Charlotte Hannon - T.S. Hawkins
Album: Georgia Jam
Label: Emphasis Records
Publisher: Hannon Hawkins Music - BMI
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