More wonderful submissions are flowing in, this time a version of Mary Did You Know?
Another smooth seasonal submission to share with you. Lee Hawkins’ Mary Did You Know. I love seeing modern songs start to make their way into classics, and Mary Did You Know only first started appearing in the last thirty years or so, so it’s a late-comer to the party. I know I didn’t hear it until well after I first got into Christmas music. Written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene in 1984, it got it’s first big push from Kathy Mattea with a great version in 1993, and later Kenny Rogers with Wynonna in 1997. Country owned this song at first but it’s nice to see soul and R&B treatments being applied to a song that carries such depth and raw emotion. Give a listen to Lee’s version. I think you’ll like what you hear.
From the ReverbNation Promotion site:
About Lee Hawkins
Lee Hawkins is an American Deep House/EDM/R&B/Blues/Gospel songwriter/singer and media personality. He was recently named a Grand Prize Winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song, “I Love You Woman,” which was produced by noted R&B producer George Nash Jr. (Eric Benet, Jimmy Sommers, Earth, Wind & Fire). He released the critically acclaimed “Serenade” project, which was lauded by Billboard magazine in Gail Mitchell’s “Rap, Rhythm & Blues” column. His songs “Don’t Run Away” and “Come With Me (Live with me) off the “Serenade” album are featured on the Cafe De Soul label’s Chapter Three compilation album. He was also a winner in the RIAA’s Grammy Demo Showcase songwriting competition for “Don’t Run Away.”
After a long hiatus, Hawkins recently released “Midnight Conversations” an 11-song album, on I-Tunes. He is also penning songs for other artists and for film and TV projects. Hawkins is known for his interviews with top recording artists and celebrities. His music background often sparks in-depth on-camera creative discussions about the songwriting and recording process with top stars, including Lionel Richie, Vince Gill, Diane Warren, Lady Gaga, Ne-Yo, Scotty McCreery, 50 Cent and Pitbull.
Hawkins was recently profiled by Soultracks.com, the No. 1 web authority on Soul and R&B music. He has also been written about in Billboard, Ebony and Jet magazines, and many others.
New for 2015: Got an update from ReverbNation letting me know Lee has a new album out. If you like this song, you might want to check that out. https://www.reverbnation.com/leehawkins