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WALTER HAWKINS - I FEEL LIKE SINGING (*NEW-CD, 2013, Retroactive Records) Black Gospel King!

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WALTER HAWKINS - I FEEL LIKE SINGING (*NEW-CD, 2013, Retroactive Records) Black Gospel King!

Layout: 4 Panel Digipak

Contemporary gospel pioneer Walter Hawkins (brother of Edwin Hawkins of “Oh Happy Day” fame) delivered hit after hit with his series of Love Alive choir albums during the 1970’s. The focus was on tight vocals, impeccable arrangements, and the astoundingly soulful counter-tenor of Walter himself. By the early 1980’s, Hawkins and his group of tremendously gifted singers and musicians (including wife Tramaine, sister Lynette Hawkins-Stephen and cousin Shirley Miller) had made their mark. I Feel Like Singing, released in 1982 on Light Records, cemented it. Listen to “He’s Everything,” a potent ballad that brings the solo power of Shirley Miller up front. Miller also joins Hawkins on the infectious title cut, trading leads. The tightly woven harmonies of “Hang On In There” make the song a cult classic even today. Tramaine Hawkins is featured on “Coming Home.” Already establishing herself as power ballad singer, her soprano excellence here emphasized her versatility and widened her fan base further. Then there were the duets. The ebullient brassiness of Lynette Hawkins Stephens paired wonderfully with Daryl Coley’s smooth runs on “Do Your Best.” On “Heaven,” Edwin Hawkins enters first, and then Walter takes over and blows the proverbial lid off the cut with his high tenor. Remastered and available on CD for the first time since it was first released, I Feel Like Singing is a most welcome keepsake and reminder of the glory days of Walter Hawkins. Written by Stan North (Managing Editor, GOSPELflavacom) with Gregory Gay. This 2013 remastered reissue of this classic album is the first time this brilliant release has ever been available on CD! It features a 4 panel, full color digipak, with liner notes written by GOSPELflava editor, Stan North and Gregory Gay! This is a Limited Edition release with only 1000 copies being manufactured!

Tracks
I FEEL LIKE SINGING

HANG ON IN THERE

DO YOUR BEST

HEAVEN

COMING HOME

HE’S EVERYTHING

SINNER MAN

TRY WHAT YOU MAY

ROMANS 8:31-32