|Born||1974 (age 39–40)
Bay Minette, Alabama, United States
|Genres||Soul blues, electric blues|
|Years active||Mid 1990s–present|
|Labels||Evidence, Artemis, Zane|
Hooks was born in Bay Minette, Alabama, United States, to a Cherokee mother and an African American father, who was a Baptist raised sharecropper. He was the thirteenth of sixteen children. By the age of fourteen, Hooks had heard secular music on the radio and left his strict upbringing. Subsequently hitchhiking across the United States, Hooks also travelled around Europe, residing in Paris and Amsterdam, before relocating to New York in his mid-twenties. After busking on the streets of the city, by accident he met the record producer, Jon Tiven, who produced Hooks debut album, Undeniable. Hooks secured headline status at the BBC's World Music Festival in 2003, and opened for Terence Trent D'Arby. Hooks also performed with Carla Thomas at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His 2003 album, Up Your Mind, was nominated for a Blues Music Award.
Uncomplicated (2004) was noted by one reviewer as "somehow both connects with the past while pointing ahead to the future".
Hooks' most recent release was Another Saturday Morning, which was issued in July 2007.
In May 2004, Hooks performed at Memphis in May.
Hooks is due to appear at the Kitchener Blues Festival in August 2014.
In 2003, Hooks recorded his cover version of "Bulbs" for the Van Morrison tribute album, Vanthology: A Tribute to Van Morrison. In addition, Hooks recorded as a backing vocalist on Frank Black's 2005 album, Honeycomb. He performed similar duties in helping Little Milton record his album Think of Me in 2005. In 2006, Hooks backing vocals were part of Frank Black's release, Fast Man Raider Man.
Hooks' co-composed song "40 Days" was recorded by Howard Tate on his 2008 album, Blue Day; whilst Deborah Coleman had earlier recorded Hooks' co-penned song, "Undeniable", for her What About Love? (2004) release.
|2003||Up Your Mind||Evidence|
|2005||The Hand of God||Zane|
|2005||Godson of Soul||Evidence|
|2007||Another Saturday Morning||Evidence|
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- Hal Horowitz (2004-05-25). "What About Love? - Deborah Coleman | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-16.