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Walter Hawkins

Hawkins performs on stage in the East Room of the White House, where he was joined on stage by his brother, Edwin, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in honor of Black Music Month.
Background information
Birth name Walter Hawkins
Born May 18, 1949 (1949-05-18) (age 60)
Origin Oakland, California
Genres gospel music
Occupations singer, songwriter, producer
Years active 1960's-present
Labels Light Records
Associated acts Tramaine Hawkins
Edwin Hawkins
Andrae Crouch

Walter Hawkins is an American gospel music singer born May 18, 1949 in Oakland, California. One of gospel music's most legendary figures, Bishop Walter Hawkins is one of the most beloved pastors and figures in contemporary Gospel Music today. In the Forty plus years of his career, he has created one of the most prolific and outstanding catalogs of hit gospel recordings and published songs.

Walter is the brother of gospel singer Edwin Hawkins and Lynette Hawkins-Stephens. While married to Tramaine Hawkins, the couple had two children: a son, Walter "Jamie" Hawkins, Jr. (Myiia "Sunny" Hawkins) and a daughter, Trystan Hawkins with one granddaughter, Jahve Hawkins and one grandson, Jamie Daniel Hawkins.

Hawkins started his career with his brothers' hit song "Oh Happy Day" with The Edwin Hawkins Singers which became one of the first gospel songs to crossover onto mainstream charts.

Walter left the group in the early '70s to establish the Love Center Church in Oakland, CA. He and his Love Center Choir had considerable success with his Love Alive series, which collectively sold over a million copies from the '70s through the '90s. Recordings and published songs that include such great hits as Marvelous, Going Up Yonder, Changed, Be Grateful, Thank You, He's That Kind Of Friend, Until I Found The Lord, Jesus Christ Is the Way, Im Not The Same, Holy One, Spirit Now, Battle, I Love You Lord, Special Gift, Set Me Free, Is There Any Way, Everybody Ought To Know, My Gratitude, It's Right and Good, Cry On, Im So Thankful, Just In The Nick of Time, Jesus Made A Way, Thank You Lord, I Must Go On, Im Going Away, Lord Give Us Time, Try Christ, I Feel Like Singing, Dear Jesus, God Is Standing By, I Love Jesus More, Follow Me, All You Need Is Christ, He Brought Me, He'll Be There, Goin To A Place, Im A Pilgrim, Never Alone, On & On, and so many more.

Hawkins and his groups have recorded with Van Morrison, Diahann Carroll, Sylvester, Jeffrey Osborne, and many others.





  • Do Your Best Solo Album (1972)
  • Love Alive Love Center Choir (1975)
  • Jesus Christ Is the Way' The Hawkins Family' (Light, 1977)
  • Love Alive 2 Love Center Choir (Light, 1978)
  • The Hawkins Family Live' (Light, 1980)
  • I Feel Like Singing Solo Album (Light, 1983)
  • Love Alive 3' Love Center Choir (Light, 1984)
  • Special Gift' Hawkins Family' (Light, 1988)
  • Love Alive 4 Love Center Choir (Malaco, 1990)
  • New Dawning Hawkins Family (Bellmark, 1996)
  • Love Alive, Vol. 5: 25th Anniversary Reunion 1 Love Center Choir (Interscope, 1998)
  • Take Courage Hawkins Family (Bellmark, 2000)
  • A Song In My Heart Solo Album (Coda/Red-Sony, 2005)


  • Only The Best (Light, 1990)
  • Light Years (Polygram, 1995)
  • The Hawkins Family Collection (Platinum, 1995)
  • The Best of Love Alive (Light, 2002)
  • Legends of Gospel (Light, 2002)
  • Mega 3 Collection: Love Alive (Light, 2002)
  • The Very Best of Walter Hawkins and the Hawkins Family (Artemis Gospel, 2005)


  • Gospel (1982)
  • Oh Happy Day (1983)
  • Love Alive, Vol. 4 (Malaco, 1991)
  • Walter Hawkins & The Hawkins Family (Monterey Video, 1998)
  • Love Alive, Vol. 5: 25th Anniversary Reunion, Vol. 1 (Interscope, 1998)
  • Love Alive, Vol. 5: 25th Anniversary Reunion, Vol. 2 (Interscope, 1999)
  • Song in My Heart (Coda, 2006)


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