Life music is how singer "Dante Hawkins" classifies his music. Fans have described him as Marvin Gaye meets Michael Jackson and just hearing this, you know you will be in a for a thrilling and exciting musical ride.
Dante Hawkins’ music embodies elements of the soulful, conscious social commentary of “What’s Going On” with the sultry, soothing and sagacious introspection of “Man In The Mirror”. Refusing to confine his creativity to a singular context, Dante has challenged himself in several musical areas including Hip Hop, R&B, Neo-Soul, Pop and Gospel.
Dante Hawkins has worked with super producers Devonte Swing, Missy Elliot, Timberland, P. Diddy, Mario Winans, Scott Storch, and others. He has shared the stage with Erykah Badu, Dru Hill, Ginuwine, and Tyrese. He has opened up for the legendary Temptations, Four Tops, O’Jays, Frankie Beverly and Maze and Latin artist Zuccahero.
Dante was chosen by Gerald LeVert to assist in the building of Global Soul Records in Clevland OH. Dante further extended his expertise as an artist to the Jimi Hendrix family label, Hendrix Records in Seattle, WA. In the studio, he has collaborated with Heavy D, Dr. Dre, Akon and Drake. He has recorded with Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Jadakiss, Juelz Santana, and Joel Ortiz, who also gave Dante the opportunity to record the #5 song for President Obama on Billboard.
Dante was inspired to pen and record the haunting a cappella harmony, “Nation Is One.” In this era of global turmoil, natural disasters, gratuitous violence, and senseless killing, his track is a timely reminder that “No matter what you’re going through, the nation is one.” It is a plaintive plea for peace. On his follow-up autobiographical song, “Journey,” he states, “Papa was a rolling stone, mama never ever was home, my brother left on his own, my sister got too damn grown. Now’s my turn, I’m on my Journey.”
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Dante Hawkins has already taken his first steps, now he takes a leap of faith! Join the journey of Life Music.