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Dawkins & Dawkins – I’m Just Sayin

 

Dawkins & Dawkins “From Now On” CD:
Brothers Eric & Anson Dawkins, better known to Gospel Music enthusiasts as Dawkins & Dawkins, are poised to reclaim their position as trail blazers of Contemporary Gospel Music, with the release of their highly anticipated CD, FROM NOW ON.  After a self-imposed hiatus that unexpectedly spanned over a decade, this dynamic production, songwriting, and singing duo has answered the prayers of fans and colleagues alike to join forces once again.

FROM NOW ON is no departure from the signature Rhythm & Praise (R & P) sound that they coined and created on their previous releases, including their self-titled debut recording; DAWKINS & DAWKINS, their sophomore effort; NECESSARY MEASURES, and most notably, their last release; FOCUS. However,  FROM NOW ON continues in their tradition of combining compelling Christ-centered lyrics with cutting edge and progressive production and presentation.

During their break from recording as Dawkins & Dawkins, both Eric and Anson were busy honing their talents in other areas.  Eric became one of the most sought after song-writers and producers in mainstream music, due to his work with his production team, The Underdogs, with whom he worked on music with a veritable who’s who in contemporary R & B and pop music which includes, but is not limited to; Ruben Studdard, Tyrese, Tank, Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera.  Anson focused on beginning a family and, answering the call to traditional ministry, by serving as College & Career Pastor at his church, Life Center, in Tacoma, WA.

FROM NOW ON is rife with both contemporary themes and spiritual principles, and is palatable for even the most discriminating musical ear.  Songs like “Get Down” and “From Now On” urge listeners to seek God, for guidance and direction no matter the circumstance, while “Best Man” and “Ordinary” both serve as reminders that as followers of Christ, we are a chosen generation, set apart from the rest of the world.  Whether over a thumping bass-driven up-tempo track, or an impassioned ballad, Dawkins & Dawkins have the unique ability to encapsulate the problems, privileges, and pressures of our lives within the constraints of beautiful music.

Dawkins & Dawkins:
Eric and Anson Dawkins were born in Davenport, Iowa. As young children they moved to Tennessee when their father, a Pentecostal minister who started his first church. In the mid-1980s when they were teenagers, the family moved to Ohio, where their musical careers took off.

With such strong connections to the church, praising the Lord through music came naturally. Eric played piano while Anson played drums.

“We have been singing all of our lives,” Eric said. “Back then we never expected to do it professionally. Eventually we developed a desire to do this globally, rather than just locally.”

They were influenced by Commissioned, a major gospel group in the 1980s. A friend of theirs knew Fred Hammond, a founding member of Commissioned, and delivered a demo they had recorded on equipment at the radio station at their father’s church.

They became a duo, Dawkins and Dawkins, and released their self-titled debut album in 1993. Hammond was impressed and brought them on tour with Commissioned.

Their fusion of contemporary gospel with elements of rap and R&B, which was tagged “rhythm and praize,” struck a chord with audiences. Their second album, “Necessary Measures,” was released in 1994. “Focus” came out in 1998. They did numerous national tours.

Special Thanks to our friends at Light Records!

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