Stevie Hawkins' "What The Funk?", 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards "Record Of The Year" award winner
The album "What The Funk?", containing 20 tracks, spans the world of Funk and Soul music from the late 1960's to the present, and explores the evolution of funk throughout the years. The style is a mix of several genres, such as Soul, Blues, Jazz, Latin and other influences that make funk music what it is.
Recorded over a two year period at various locations and studios "What The Funk?" features some of the best in their genres: 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, Jetro Da Silva, Thiago Pinheiro, Butch Taylor, Tyrone Chase, Don Harris, Anthony Vitti, Sal Giorgiani, Jennifer Corsaro, Ralph Rosen, Delicious Allstars, Sanj Sen, Chuck Webb and more.
When asked about his new album, Hawkins says, "The album is a mix of funk, soul, jazz, latin, blues, 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 Clyde Stubblefield, Tower of Power, Bootsy Collins and P-Funk, Al Green, Bobby Bland, George Clinton, Funkadelic, Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown, Toots Thielemans, Cold Blood, George Duke, Marvin Gaye, Junior Walker, Jimi Hendrix and others. There is a little something here for everyone. You get the funk, and then some!" Hawkins further states, "I was more concerned with instrumentation and vocals on this album than my previous two releases. An assortment of legendary world-class "genre specialist" musicians and vocalists were called upon to achieve a variety of authentic grooves, feels, tonal and harmonic characteristics. The outcome is fabulous and more than I could have ever wished for. Funk has influenced my entire musical career, yet, the musical geniuses behind the genre have not seen the spotlight in just as many eras. I believe the audience is there, we just have to bring it to them in a way that the current music industry does not. There are just 12 notes in all of music, and what Funk does is take all of those influences and those 12 notes and fuses them into something magical and that just gets you grooving."
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 and clavinet, the heavy guns on this new album fire with all barrels.
(What people are saying about Stevie Hawkins and "What The Funk?)
"This is some of the best music I have heard in over two decades. I just love the record. I have listened to the entire album several times now, and it is smokin' hot, an amazing piece of work. Finally, someone is tapping into the real roots of funk and soul, producing and bringing back music that is human, not computer generated. The performances and songwriting is amazingly good."
- Al Bowman - CEO/Executive Producer Los Angeles Music Awards
Dave Burton DJ/Owner of Soulconnexion Radio United Kingdom says, "I have now featured in my Hot 40 Playlist. You can definitely feel the sense of fun and achievement in this album, which all lovers of funk will surely appreciate. Great musicianship. Deserves high praise indeed and I will be happy to play tracks and help promote your album."
"The more I listen to your album the more I love it! Thanks for making such great tunes! You rule and are what makes Xsite radio and my show great."
- Jason Roberson - JaandLu Underground - xsiteradio.com/underground
Radio host Lacy Darryl Phillips KLEDLive 91.1FM Los Angeles says, "I've Been Waiting On A Miracle.....And Here It Is....A Must For Anyone Serious About Great Music!"
"This is the kind of music performed "live" that people will pay for!"
- Skip Dillard - Program Director - WBLS FM - Chicago
"This world is filled with terrific singers, songwriters, musicians and entertainers, but seldom comes along an artist who has all these attributes and talents rolled into one package. Well, "Little Stevie" Hawkins is that rare exception and all you have to do is give this CD one listen and you will agree. The songs, musicianship, and vocal delivery makes this entire piece of work exciting, refreshing, and a listening, dancing delight!! This music does exactly what music is supposed to do. In short, it makes you feel good!!!"
- Tim Pritchett - CBS Records (Columbia/Epic) Ret.
Lead 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 Corsaro • 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
• HORNS •
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 Jakubovic-Tenor Sax • Stephan Sechi-Tenor/Alto Sax • Sal Giorgiani-Tenor Sax • Blue Lou 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: Ruth Brenner
Lyrics: Charlotte Hannon • Stevie Hawkins
Music: Stevie Hawkins
Produced - Engineered - Arranged - Edited - Mixed - Sound Design - Mastered by: Stevie Hawkins
Vocal Production & Recording: Wintergreen Studio - Atlanta, GA
Drum Tracking & Production: Fuzzy’s Den - Cookeville, TN
Additional Production & Recording: Rich Mendelson - Reach Studios -Roslindale, MA • Stephan Sechi - Funk/Soul Productions - New York • Harvey Summers for Deep Sounds UK • Mice Raymond - Eddy Grant’s Blue Wave Studio - Barbados • Johnny Gurrero - Nashville, TN • Jaroslav Jakubovic - VMM Studios - New York
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
Cover Art: Sam Mugraby photos8.com
Footwear: Stevie's Funky Boots are Courtesy of Dr. Marten's Airwair
Official Release/Street Date - October 8, 2012
© 2011 Emphasis Records/Atlanta Music Group • EMCD-008 • ℗ 2011 Hannon/Hawkins Music BMI • All rights are reserved.