Koryn Hawthorne

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Koryn Hawthorne
Birth nameKoryn Mattanah Hawthorne
Born (1997-12-26) December 26, 1997 (age 20)
Abbeville, Louisiana
Years active2007 – present
Associated actsPharrell Williams, Warryn Campbell, Erica Campbell, Roshon Fegan, Makeba Riddick, Bernie Herms

Koryn Mattanah Hawthorne (born December 26, 1997)[1] is an American contemporary Christian music and gospel singer. Hawthorne is best known for being a finalist in season 8 of NBC's singing competition The Voice, at the age of 17, as a member on Pharrell's team.[2] After placing fourth place on the show, Hawthorne soon got signed to RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony Music dedicated to gospel music recordings.[3] Her debut studio album, Unstoppable, was released on July 13, 2018, and earned her a Dove Awards award.

Early life[edit]

Hawthorne was born to Summers Dozier-Simon and Corey Hawthorne in the small town of Abbeville, Louisiana, where she grew up. She has been performing since the age of 9, when she joined an organization called Louisiana Kids, in which she would compete against other kids in her state. As she got older she continued to sing locally at nursing homes, churches, and different charity events. Before auditioning for The Voice, Hawthorne held a part-time job at Little Caesars. On May 14, 2016 Koryn became a graduate of Lighthouse Christian Preparatory High School in Abbeville.


2015: The Voice[edit]

Koryn Hawthorne auditioned for the eighth season of The Voice singing Emeli Sandé's "My Kind of Love".[4] Both Christina Aguilera and Williams turned around. Hawthorne chose Aguilera as her coach. In the Battle rounds, Hawthorne faced Vance Smith, where they sang "Love Me Harder", a duet by Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. Hawthorne was chosen over Smith. During the Knockout rounds, she covered "Try" but lost to her opponent Kimberly Nichole. She was then stolen by Williams.

During the Playoffs she sang How Great Thou Art[5] but was not chosen by the public, who could only save two artists from Williams' team. Williams, who could save one of his three remaining artists, chose her. The following week, she sang Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and was saved by public voting. In the Top 10 she performed "Make It Rain" by Foy Vance, reaching the third position on iTunes and debuting at the 84th position on Hot 100.[6] The following week, she covered "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys and was saved by the public.

In the Top 6, Hawthorne showed her rock side covering R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts" and Aerosmith's "Dream On". In the Top 5, after singing U2's "One" and the traditional song, "Oh Mary Don't You Weep", she was, alongside India Carney, in the bottom two. She sang Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy" for her last chance performance, being instantly saved over Carney.[7] In the finale, Hawthorne performed "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown, The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" with coach Williams and also her original song "Bright Fire", written by Williams. She finished in 4th place.[8]

Throughout the competition, Hawthorne's evolution as a singer caught the attention of the coaches. Adam Levine pointed out that never before in the history of The Voice had he seen "such a drastic, incredible, unbelievable journey". Williams compared her drive to succeed to that of Beyoncé.[9] Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza declared May 6, 2015 “Koryn Hawthorne Day" and presented her with the key to the city.[10]

     – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "My Kind of Love" Emeli Sandé March 3, 2015 4/2 Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams turned
Joined Team Christina
Battle Rounds "Love Me Harder" (vs. Vance Smith) Ariana Grande March 17, 2015 9/3 Saved by Coach
Knockout Rounds "Try" (vs. Kimberly Nichole) Pink March 23, 2015 10/6 Defeated
Stolen by Pharrell Williams
Live Playoffs (Top 20) "How Great Thou Art" Christian hymn April 6, 2015 6 Bottom 3
Saved by Pharrell Williams
Live Top 12 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson April 13, 2015 9 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 10 "Make It Rain" Foy Vance April 20, 2015 5 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 8 "Girl on Fire" Alicia Keys April 27, 2015 8 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 6 "Everybody Hurts" R.E.M. May 4, 2015 3 Saved by Public Vote
"Dream On" Aerosmith 9
Live Top 5 (Semi-finals) and Instant Save "One" U2 May 11, 2015 2 Bottom 2
Saved by Instant Save
"Oh Mary Don't You Weep" Traditional 7
"If I Were a Boy" Beyoncé May 12, 2015 2
Live Finale "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" James Brown May 18, 2015 1 4th place
"We Can Work It Out" (with Pharrell Williams) The Beatles 6
"Bright Fire" (Original song) Koryn Hawthorne 10
Non-competition performances
Episode Performers Song
16.4 Team Pharrell
(Caitlin Caporale, Sawyer Fredericks, Koryn Hawthorne, Lowell Oakley, Mia Z)
"Say Something
19.1 Top 10 "Rocket Man/Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
20.1 Pharrell Williams & his team
(Sawyer Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne)
"I Don't Want to Be
21.2 Top 8 Girls
(Hannah Kirby, Koryn Hawthorne, Kimberly Nichole, Meghan Linsey, India Carney)
"Wake Me Up
26.3 Top 3 Girls
(India Carney, Koryn Hawthorne, Meghan Linsey)
28.1 The Top 20 "Carry On/Some Nights
28.4 Kelly Clarkson and Koryn Hawthorne "I’d Rather Go Blind
28.10 Koryn Hawthorne
(with Caitlin Caporale, India Carney, Lexi Davila, Mia Z and Tonya Boyd-Cannon)
"Uptown Funk

2016–2017: Record deal and EP release[edit]

After finishing in fourth place on The Voice, Hawthorne got signed to RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony Music dedicated to gospel music recordings, and started working on her debut material.[11] On February 2016, she announced via Twitter she would be guest starring on the fifth season of Mary Mary, that first aired on March, 3. On the reality TV show, Koryn got to know producer Warryn Campbell, who would later help to produce her original material.[12] On March 6, 2016, the TV show Saints & Sinners, in which Hawthorne recorded the song Saints & Sinners for the original soundtrack, was premiered on Bounce TV.[13] In 2017, Hawthorne collaborated with Christian recording artist Branan Murphy on the single "All the Wrong Things".[14] Following the appearance on Mary Mary, Hawthorne made a guest appearance on OWN's TV show Greenleaf,[15] debuting Won't He Do It, the lead single from her debut material.

Koryn Hawthorne – EP, a 4-track EP, was released on August 11, 2017. Koryn's powerhouse vocals and impassioned delivery attracted some of music's biggest names, like Grammy Award-winning producers and songwriters Warryn Campbell, Makeba Riddick, Bernie Herms and Joaquin "The Bear" Bynum, who produced and penned her debut material. The EP has earned Hawthorne two Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominations for New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year.[16]

2018: Debut album release and Dove Awards nomination[edit]

Koryn's full length debut, Unstoppable, was released on July 13, 2018 and reached number 1 on the Top Gospel Albums, while the album's lead single, "Won't He Do It", reached number 1 on Billboard's three main gospel charts. Hawthorne is the first woman to top four gospel charts simultaneously in five years as well as the longest number 1 female artist holder on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs Chart.

Alongside Jeremy Camp, Matthew West and Rend Collective, she was one of the attractions of the Christian music's summer concert event Summer Lights Tour, which started on July 12, 2018 in Detroit and ended on July 22, 2018 in Corbin.

On July 26, 2018, Aaron Cole's new single, "Down Like That", featuring Koryn Hawthorne, was released.

Hawthorne was nominated for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards in two categories: New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year for her debut single "Won't He Do It", and won the latter.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
Top Gospel Albums
Unstoppable 1


List of EPs with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
Top Gospel Albums
Koryn Hawthorne – EP 19


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Hot Gospel Songs Gospel Digital Songs Gospel Airplay
2017 "Won't He Do It" 1 1 1 Unstoppable
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Título Album
2018 "Unstoppable" Unstoppable
"Down Goes Rome"

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Hot Christian Songs Christian Airplay Songs
2017 "All The Wrong Things"
(Branan Murphy featuring Koryn Hawthorne)
46 32 TBA
2018 "Down Like That"
(Aaron Cole featuring Koryn Hawthorne)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Releases from The Voice[edit]

Title Details Peak
The Voice: The Complete
Season 8 Collection
Competition singles
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Hot R&B Songs R&B Digital Songs Hot Gospel Songs Christian Digital Songs Hot Christian Songs
2015 "My Kind of Love" The Voice: The Complete
Season 8 Collection
"How Great Thou Art" 1
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
"Make It Rain" 84[17] 22
"Girl on Fire"
"Everybody Hurts"
"Dream On"
"Oh Mary Don't You Weep" 1 8
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World" 15
"Bright Fire (Original song)" 12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards and nominations[edit]

Stellar Gospel Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2018 Koryn Hawthorne New Artist of the Year Nominated
Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated

49th Annual GMA Dove Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2018 Koryn Hawthorne New Artist of the Year Nominated
"Won't He Do It" Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year Won


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  2. ^ "Koryn Hawthorne on The Voice". NBC.
  3. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HqBRid1uJ28
  4. ^ The Voice 2015 Blind Audition – Koryn Hawthorne: "My Kind of Love". March 3, 2015 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/entertainment/2015/04/06/abbeville-native-koryn-hawthorn-takes-voice-church/25391113/
  6. ^ "The Voice's Koryn Hawthorne, Sawyer Fredericks Arrive on Hot 100". Headline Planet.
  7. ^ Alyssa Norwin. "'The Voice' Top 4 Revealed: India Carney's Eliminated 1 Week Before Finals – Hollywood Life". Hollywood Life.
  8. ^ "'The Voice' Season 8 Finale Recap: And the Winner Is..." buddytv.com.
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  10. ^ http://klfy.com/2015/05/06/enthusiastic-crowd-in-abbeville-for-koryn-hawthorne/
  11. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HqBRid1uJ28
  12. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BBY_SOeuJ3M/?taken-by=korynhawthorne
  13. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BClg3PxOJ-2/?taken-by=korynhawthorne
  14. ^ https://theflysociety.us/flavainyaear-wrong-things-branan-murphy-feat-koryn-hawthorne/
  15. ^ http://www.rcainspiration.com/2017/07/21/koryn-hawthorne-releases-debut-single-wont/
  16. ^ https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/RCA-Inspiration-Garners-18-Nominations-For-The-2018-Stellar-Awards-20180116
  17. ^ http://headlineplanet.com/home/2015/04/30/the-voices-koryn-hawthorne-sawyer-fredericks-reach-hot-100/