Chris Hawkes

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Chris Hawkes
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Chris Hawkes
Background information
Birth name Christopher Thomas Hawkes
Genres Rock
Americana
Pop rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Guitarist
Record Producer
Recording Engineer
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Years active 1998–present
Labels Self-released
Associated acts Redtag, Five Times August, The Color Gray, Dawn and Hawkes
Website www.chrishawkesmusic.com

Chris Hawkes is a songwriter, singer, guitarist, recording engineer and producer. He performed solo, as a band member and teamed up in 2011 with Miranda Dawn forming the duo Dawn and Hawkes. He is also known for being a co-writer, recording producer and founder of One Road Studio.

Music career[edit]

Beginnings and Redtag[edit]

As a musician Chris Hawkes was first recorded and released on a 1998 compilation Garage Nights at Laser Trax released on Cannon Riggle Records.

In late 1999 Hawkes formed a band with fellow high school students called Redtag and continued to perform with college friends while attending the University of North Texas.[1]

He graduated with an audio engineering degree from the Dallas Sound Lab in Los Colinas, Texas in 2000. Following an internship with Grammy Award winning producer Eric Delegard, Hawkes became an engineer for the University of North Texas College of Music.

Five Times August[edit]

Hawkes switched roles of frontman/songwriter to produce and play lead guitar for Five Times August a previously solo project of singer/songwriter Brad Skistimas. Hawkes first produced and performed for 2004's EP Something Clever,[2] with Redtag drummer Cason Clifton on drums, and started One Road Studio.[3]

The single "Better With You" was featured on MTV series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County in its inaugural season.

A full length 2005 follow up album Fry Street, with performance and production by Hawkes,[4][5] also included Redtag bassist Jake Baxter[6] and received more play on cable and broadcast television. In 2007 tracks from Something Clever and Fry Street were compiled and released as The Independent breaking ground as an independent release available at Walmart.

The Color Gray[edit]

In 2005 Hawkes and other members, also known as Redtag, departed Five Times August and renamed themselves The Color Gray releasing 2005's self-titled EP and 2006 Control LP.[7] The release of The Color Gray's full-length album Control was preceded with the single "Nothing to Lose" receiving spins on commercial rock radio KTBZ-FM, KLAQ, KNCN, KEYJ and playlist rotation on KDGE The Edge Dallas.

Solo career[edit]

In 2007 Chris Hawkes released his first solo acoustic album Guitar and Voice[8] MTV featured "Falling Into Doubt" on two episodes (305 and 417) of the popular series The Hills.[9] The song was also featured on Animal Planet show Jockey's in the 2008 season.

Hawkes released a second independent album Because I Feel That Way Too in 2009. The sophomore release features a larger roster of Hawkes's musician friends. Three tracks from the album, "Again", "Falling Into Doubt" and "Finally Free" were pre-loaded in AT&T smart phones. By late 2009, Because I Feel That Way Too was supported with commercial and independent radio play on 165+ stations in the U.S. and spurred national touring for the album.

While touring in 2010, Hawkes co-wrote and recorded "Mystery" with Annemarie Jensen (a.k.a. Mary May Love of Copenhagen, Denmark) including the song on her debut album, Melodies[10] and his third album, Broken Record. Shortly after its release, Mystery was added to rotation on Danish popular radio station DR P4. Texas Music magazine featured another track from Broken Record, "From Love (Momma Song)", in their winter 2012 issue.[11]

Dawn and Hawkes[edit]

In mid-2011 Hawkes produced, performed and co-wrote with singer-songwriter Miranda Dawn for her debut album, Reason to Feel Alive.

Dawn was recognized as a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk songwriting competition and performed with Hawkes at the festival in May 2012. Dawn and Hawkes continued co-writing and touring together and released a collaborative effort, Golden Heart, in June 2012.

In 2013, the duo auditioned for season 6 of the American reality talent show The Voice. Their audition was broadcast on NBC on February 24, 2014, on the inaugural episode of season 6 singing an acoustic version of The Beatles song "I've Just Seen a Face". Two of the four judges, Adam Levine and Shakira pressed the "I Want You" button turning their chairs. "That was my favorite performance I have ever seen — ever — on 'The Voice'" said Levine.[12] After a brief consultation, they picked to be on Team Adam.

Their iTunes single for "I've Just Seen A Face" climbed the chart hitting #1 in Rock sales and #22 across all genres.[13] Their previously released "Golden Heart" EP followed, climbing to #2 in the singer/songwriter chart[14] and Billboard Magazine's top 25 folk chart.

Recording and producing career[edit]

In 2003 Chris Hawkes started his independent recording efforts with One Road Studio by recording his own bands and other regional acts.

One of the early projects, Five Times August, received play on MTV popular show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County during seasons one and two and later play on MTV, Fox, ABC, Oxygen and Lifetime. Efforts from The Color Gray were added to major market radio station playlists including KDGE in Dallas and KEYJ in Abilene. Hawkes's self produced solo record was featured on MTV popular show The Hills.

In 2006 Hawkes partnered with Disclive, a Dallas based recording company, as head engineer to record live performances of: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Flyleaf, The Toadies, Sonic Youth, Cooder Graw, Spoonfed Tribe, and Edgewater.

2007 Hawkes collaborated with several acts, producing and performing, while co-writing with Lisa Apple, Killing Caroline, The Rankin Twins and Faktion

While producing other projects, Hawkes recruited a variety of musician friends and starting recording "Because I Feel That Way Too" in 2008. The album was completed and released in March 2009.

Hawkes then produced and performed on three albums for Austin based singer-songwriters, Zach Arrington, Colin de los Santos, and Philip Q. Morrow. All three featured cello and violin arrangements; a production element that first appeared on his own 2011 album, "Broken Record".

While collaborating and performing with Miranda Dawn, Hawkes first recorded and produced with Dawn on her debut album "Reason To Feel Alive" in 2011. The majority of performances, both duo and solo acoustic, were recorded live to demonstrate the natural life in her emotive songwriting.

The duo later co-wrote and released "Golden Heart", produced and engineered by Hawkes. The 6 song EP features production with their full band and their more stripped down live acoustic sound.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album title Album/
EP
Credits Notes
2004
Something Clever EP Five Times August "Better With You"
2005
Fry Street Album Five Times August
2005
The Color Gray EP The Color Gray
2006
Control Album The Color Gray "Nothing to Lose"
2007
The Independent Compilation
album
Five Times August
2007
Guitar and Voice Album Chris Hawkes "Falling Into Doubt"
2009
Because I Feel That Way Too Album Chris Hawkes "Again"
"Falling Into Doubt"
"Finally Free"
2011
Broken Record Album Chris Hawkes "Mystery" (with Annemarie Jensen)
"From Love (Momma Song)"
2012
Golden Heart Dawn and Hawkes

Produced / engineered / mixed albums / EPs[edit]

Year Album title Artist credits
2004
Something Clever Five Times August
Leaving Stella Darby
2005
Fry Street Five Times August
The Color Gray The Color Gray
2006
Time Stands Still Crimson Soul
Edgefest 15: Ripped Thirty Seconds to Mars / Flyleaf
Acoustic Campfire with Rock 108 KEYJ / Edgewater
(unreleased EP) Faktion
Exit 380: Live at Firewater Exit 380
Cooder Graw: Live at Firewater Cooder Graw
Spoonfed Tribe: Live at Firewater Spoonfed Tribe
2007
Guitar and Voice Chris Hawkes
Life is a Cigarette Better Than Sex
Rock Show The Toadies
Dartmyth Dartmyth
Life.Love.Travel Lance Sitton
The Independent (l.p.) Five Times August
2008
Lisa Apple Lisa Apple
Killing Caroline Killing Caroline
Ignite What's Inside Faktion
The Rankin Twins The Rankin Twins
In Your Head/Waiting Dartmyth
Home Again Jeff Metil
2009
Because I Feel That Way Too Chris Hawkes
Adam's Orchard Zach Arrington
Songland Colin de los Santos
2010
The Rising Sun Philip Q. Morrow
2011
Broken Record Chris Hawkes
Reason to Feel Alive Miranda Dawn
2012
Golden Heart Dawn and Hawkes
2013
The Cabin Sessions Ben Smith

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