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Walter Hawkins

The younger brother of gospel vocalist and choir director Edwin Hawkins, Bishop Walter Hawkins was one of gospel's most successful performers. The leader of the Love Center Choir, Hawkins led the group to two Dove Awards, presented by the Gospel Music Association, and multiple Grammy nominations. The group's debut album, Going Up Yonder, released in 1975, spent several months on the Top 40 gospel chart compiled by Billboard. Their second album, Love Alive II, sold nearly 300,000 copies. This was surpassed by their third album, Love Alive III, which topped the million sales mark. They continued this success with Love Alive IV, released in 1989, which remained in the top position on the gospel charts for 39 weeks.

Hawkins gave very little thought to a career in music until 1968. In an attempt to raise money to send the Ephesian Church of God in Christ's youth choir, directed by Edwin Hawkins, to a convention in Washington, D.C., Hawkins helped the group record an album, Let Us Go into the House of the Lord. Although initial plans called for the album to be sold locally, it became an international success when a single, "Oh Happy Day," sold more than a million copies. The group subsequently toured as the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

In the early '70s, Walter Hawkins left the group to pursue a career on his own. After earning a Master of Divinity degree from the University of California in Berkeley, he founded the Love Center Church in Oakland. Two years later, he returned to the Ephesian Church of God in Christ to record an album, Going Up Yonder, with the Love Center Choir. In addition to continuing to work with the Love Center Choir, Hawkins periodically collaborated with his brother and other family members. While he joined his brother to record an album with the Oakland Symphony, he wrote and produced an album, Baby Sis, for his youngest sister, Lynette, in 1985. The same year, he wrote and produced one tune, "Everybody Ought to Know," on The Search Is Over, the debut solo studio album by his wife, Tramaine Hawkins. In 1988, he joined with the Hawkins Family to record the album Special Gift. Three years later, he co-produced and served as musical director and arranger for a Grammy-winning album, Tramaine Live, by his now ex-wife.

Hawkins worked with other artists as well. Together with the Love Center Choir, he performed on albums by Van Morrison and Lee Oskar. On his own, he worked with Diahann Carroll, Sylvester, and Jeffrey Osborne. In 1985, Hawkins wrote and produced three songs for the Williams Brothers' album Hand in Hand. During the 1990s, Hawkins was back leading the Love Center Choir on the Grammy-nominated Love Alive V: 25th Anniversary Reunion, released in 1998. His catalog was revitalized in the new millennium, with a number of reissues and an all-new recording, the Stellar Award-winning Song in My Heart, in 2005. Hawkins underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2008, but was well enough to join a subsequent Hawkins Family reunion concert tour. A sixth Love Alive recording was being planned for fall 2010 when Walter Hawkins succumbed to the pancreatic cancer at his home in Ripon, CA on July 11 of that year, at the age of 61. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Classic 3

Disc 1

1. Follow Me

2. Dear Jesus, I Love You

3. I Love The Lord

4. Changed

5. Changed (Reprise)

6. I Won’t Be Satisfied

7. God Is Standing

8. I’m Not The Same

9. Goin’ Up Yonder

Disc 2

1. Come By Here, Good Lord

2. He's That Kind Of Friend

3. Never Alone

4. Until I Found The Lord

5. Be Grateful

6. I'm Going Away

7. God Will Open Doors

8. Right On

Disc 3

1. Wait On The Lord

2. Jesus (Is My Friend)

3. When The Battle Is Over

4. Return, Oh Backslider

5. He’ll Bring You Out

6. He Is Lord

7. I Love You, Lord

8. There’s A War Going On

9. Is There Any Way?

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Track List: Goin' Up Yonder - Hawkins Family Favorites

1. Oh Happy Day (Feat. Edwin Hawkins & Shirley Miller)

2. Goin' Up Yonder (Feat. Tramaine Hawkins)

3. Be Grateful (Feat. Lynette Hawkins Stephens)

4. What Is This? (Feat. Edwin Hawkins)

5. Changed (Feat. Tramaine Hawkins)

6. Holy One (Feat. Tramaine Hawkins)

7. I'm Going Away (Feat. Edwin Hawkins)

8. When The Battle Is Over (Feat. The Love Center Choir)

9. He's That Kind Of Friend (Feat. Tramaine Hawkins)

10. Jesus Christ Is The Way (Feat. The Love Center Choir)

11. I Love You Lord (Feat. The Love Center Choir)

12. I Feel Like Singing (Feat. Shirley Miller)

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Track List: The Vey Best Of Walter Hawkins & The Hawkins Family

Disc 1

1. Changed

2. When The Battle Is Over

3. Be Grateful

4. Goin' Up Yonder

5. I'm Going Away

6. Jesus Christ Is The Way

7. Follow Me

8. Eternal Life

9. I Love You Lord

10. Lord Give Us Time

11. God Is Standing By

12. He's That Kind Of Friend

13. Until I Found The Lord

Disc 2

1. There's A War Going On

2. Try Christ

3. Keep On Fighting

4. God Will Open Doors

5. Dear Jesus, I Love You

6. God Has Signed My Name

7. Love Is God

8. He'll Bring You Out

9. I'm Going Through

10. I'm A Pilgrim

11. What Is This?

12. He Brought Me

13. I Won't Be Satisfied

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Track List: Song In My Heart

1. A Song In My Heart (Live)

2. For Who You Are

3. A Prayer Away

4. Ever-loving Father

5. We Sing Paises

6. Faithfully

7. Forgiving God

8. Staple Singers Tribute (Help Me Jesus)

9. Highest Praise

10. Give It To Jesus

11. Wanna Say Thank You

12. Almighty God

13. Agree

14. All I Know

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Track List: Legends Of Gospel

1. What Is This?

2. He Brought Me

3. Lord Give Us Time

4. Goin' To A Place

5. Jesus Christ Is The Way

6. God Has Signed My Name

7. I'm A Pilgrim

8. Keep On Fighting

9. Love Is A God

10. He'll Be There

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Track List: The Light Years

1. God Is Standing By

2. I Won't Be Satisfied

3. Goin' Up Yonder

4. God Has Signed My Name

5. He Brought Me

6. Lord, Give Us Time

7. Until I Found The Lord

8. Right On Time

9. God Will Open Doors (For You)

10. Goin' To A Place

11. He'll Be There (When You Need Him)

12. I Love You, Lord

13. He'll Bring You Out

14. Is There Any Way

15. When The Battle Is Over

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Track List: Love Alive III

1. Wait On The Lord

2. Jesus (Is My Friend)

3. When The Battle Is Over (Live)

4. Return, Oh Backslider (Live)

5. He'll Bring You Out (Live)

6. He Is Lord (Live)

7. I Love You, Lord

8. There's A War Going On (Live)

9. Is There Any Way?

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Track List: The Hawkins Family

1. Goin' To A Place

2. Love Is A God

3. What Is This?

4. I'm A Pilgrim

5. He'll Be There

6. Eternal Life V1.1

7. Keep On Fighting

8. Try Christ

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Track List: Love Alive II

1. Come By Here, Good Lord

2. He's That Kind Of Friend

3. Never Alone

4. Until I Found The Lord

5. Be Grateful

6. I'm Going Home

7. God Will Open Doors

8. Right On

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Track List: Classic Gold: Jesus Christ Is The Way

1. I'm Going Through

2. I Need Your Spirit V1.1

3. Strange V1.1

4. You're Everything To Me V1.1

5. Some Day We'll Meet Again V1.1

6. God Has Signed My Name

7. Jesus Christ Is The Way V1.1

8. I Love Jesus More Today V1.1

9. He Brought Me

10. Lord Give Us Time V1.1

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Track List: Love Alive

1. Follow Me

2. Dear Jesus, I Love You

3. I Love The Lord

4. Changed

5. Changed (Reprise)

6. I Won't Be Satisfied

7. God Is Standng By

8. I'm Not The Same

9. Goin' Up Yonder

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Track List: Classic Gold - Love Alive

1. Follow Me

2. Dear Jesus, I Love You

3. I Love The Lord

4. Changed

5. Changed (Reprise)

7. God Is Standing By

8. I'm Not The Same

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This song is so beautiful when I heard Tramaine sing this song live in Memphis at Mallory Heights Seven Day Adventist she brought the anointing in that sanctuary
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All praise to THE MOST HIGH GOD!
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This song brings tears to my eyes love this song.
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Upon the culmination. M a y 21,2016....s a y YES!...to a organized Church of SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST.
Say YES!...to KINGDOM HALL of JEHOVAHS WITNESSES.
Say YES!....to the CHURCH of CHRIST!BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!
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Tramaine is was in Augusta today
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Life changing music!
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So very glad to discover his music. ..Praise God ! My favorite Pandora station. ..
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Alanjones139 8 I heard Tramaine sing this song live in Memphis at Mallory Heights Seven Day Adventist she still blowing off the chain Mallory Heights Choir truly a sensational performance awesome choir
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I love every thing they do
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How you know me
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THANK THE LORD AMEN!!
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this song was played at several of my families funeral I love this song SOB!
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Walter Hawkins was truly the best gospel singer of our time. I grew up with the Hawkins family in the 70's and 80's! He has range out of this world!!
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Walter Hawkins was truly the best gospel singer of our time. I grew up with the Hawkins family in the 70s
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Closing into. The Seven O'clock hour.
Is our homework done?
Do we have what is needed,
for attentive class tomorrow?
Have we Thanked those deserving?
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Rip want to change help me Jesus
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Awesome. R.i.P. Thank you for keeping us all encouraged and letting us know threw songs and word's that God loves us all. Amen
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I love his songs
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I am thankful he left us with a catalog of AWESOME music!
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This song gives me chills...in a good way. It's very moving. The instruments, vocals and arrangement invite you to hear the message to be grateful then you get happy!
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I remeber singing this song in 19




I grew up singing this song at Golden Gate Baptist Church Youth Choir in Dallas Texas. Choir director Bro. Micheal Terrell.
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I have to say so myself that I agree with you donnyragsdal e that Love Aljve II is the best album of all times. Will have to get the CD for my collection.
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Edwin Hawkins is part a talented family. If you ask me where I'm going soon I will tell that I'm "Going Up Yonder. I have always loved this song as a small child.
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love alive 2 is greatest gospel album of all time. hands down
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He Changed me cause I know that a Changed has come over Me. I'll sit at my Savior's feet to do what must be done. I'll work and work until my Savior Comes. He Changed my Walk, my Talk, he changed my Life, and He changed my soul I've come along way in my Jesus and I've come a long way in Christ and I Thank God I'm Changed.
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God said He Will Be Standing By. Everywhere you go there is trouble, everywhere you go there is strife, and everywhere you go there is something that worries you but you need to know that "God Is Standing By!! Whatever you need and want he'll take those dark clouds away and hear you when you pray so no need to cry or have any fear just know that God is Standing By!!
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This family is really Anointed and the really have a gift with favor on their lives. Gods Blessing Hallelujah and Amen!!❤️❤️
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This was one talented men in the gospel. We are all "Going Away" one day and we need to be prepared for this day. So we need to get prayed up and stop playing church. One man know the day nor the hour so you better be ready or get ready.
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Everything will go according to GOD WILL as long as we live our life according to his will
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This song has a great memory behind I came an related to it
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I Thank our Lord Jesus Christ for sending brother Walter I'm going to miss him, he helped me soooo much through this song. I got tried and felt like giving up. But Jesus Christ said that He is the Author and Finisher of ou Faith. Our Hope is beyond the grave. Amen
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I love listening to his songs my most favorite is What is This and Going Up Yonder something about these songs have me feeling the spirit and it feels so good.
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I can listen to this every day
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Anointed!!!
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I am going through a few things right now, Walter Hawkins keeps my mind on praising God through this trial.
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