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Judge for Chris Hawkes

Austin, TX
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Portrait of Chris Hawkes

CHRIS HAWKES is a native Texas singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He collaborates and performs with a community of musicians from his home in Austin, Texa

Hawkes can be described as a rock guitarist with a dynamic voice. His lyrics are meaningful, personal and straightforward. "My favorite part of creating a song is open expression of something very personal and specif...ic. Stepping back and thinking 'yeah... that's exactly what it feels like'

With equal parts talent and creative passion, Hawkes works tirelessly as a producer, writer, and independent musician, which he says creates an interesting blend. “I feel extremely blessed to have my music, my relationships and creative energy all intermingle. It gives me so much freedom to express and constantly challenges me to bring something to the table. I guess it’s my job but it never feels like work.”

In 2007, Hawkes released his first solo acoustic album "Guitar and Voice" which was featured on MTV's popular series The Hills and Animal Planet's reality show Jockeys. The feature spots sparked national notoriety and he soon followed with a second independent album

"Because I Feel That Way Too" combined his singer-songwriter compositions with a more developed rock-and-pop full band production. The Dallas Observer called it "earnest pop/rock that displays a keen songwriting touch
In 2009 three tracks from the album were included in AT&T smart phones and "Because I Feel That Way Too" was supported with commercial and independent radio play on 165+ stations and spurred national touring for the album

While touring in 2010, Hawkes co-wrote and recorded "Mystery" with Annemarie Jensen (a.k.a. Mary May Love of Copenhagen, Denmark). This session started the recordings of his new album, "Broken Record". "Mystery" was added to rotation on Denmark's most popular radio station, P4. "There was complete silence in the studio as even the most seasoned sat with tears in their eyes", said P4's Radio DJ, Alex Nyborg Madsen.
The album features both heart-breaking and heart-warming stories.
"From Love (Momma Song)", a song about hope instilled in him as a child, is featured on Texas Music Magazine's 2012 Winter Mix.