Born: March 11, 1975 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Award Winning, Singer, Songwriter, just some of the words that can be used to describe Chinua Hawk. As a performer with hundreds of performances under his belt, Chinua has been captivating audiences all over the world with the simplicity and class that has defined his career.
“My show is very simple, what you see is what you get. If you come to my show, then I know you came to hear some real singing and to have a good time. I'm not a dancer; I'm a storyteller and a dreamer. I share these things with you onstage, it is just that simple.” Says Chinua.
Chinua has released three independent CDs and has just completed his fourth CD, A Beautifully Complicated Life produced and arranged by Joseph Patrick Moore (Earl Klugh, Stewart Copeland, Bob James). The new CD is slated for world wide release on March 13, 2012.
Mr. Hawk’s work has been heard on television shows such as CBS Joan of Arcadia, and movies such as “First Sunday” and Dave Chapelles “Block Party”. He has also written songs with Wyclef Jean, performed backing vocals on his CD “The Preachers Son” and worked in the studio with producer/rapper Kanye West on rapper Talib Kweli’s song “Just To Get By”.
Chinua’s other accomplishments include winning the Billboard Magazine/Disc Makers Independent Music World Series beating out over 1,000 bands with just a guitar player to accompany him. In addition, he was named the APCA Multi- Cultural Artist of the year 2005, 2006; APCA Best Cultural Fine Arts Artist 2008; APCA Performer of the year 2008 and APCA Best Male Solo Performer 2009.