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Stevie Hawkins Releases Powerful New Single And Video Of A Hoagy Carmichael - Stuart Gorrell Classic
Atlanta based Emphasis Records has released a brilliant new single by the award-winning Stevie Hawkins, where he delivers a dynamic - soulful rendition of the Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell classic, "Georgia On My Mind".
One might assume a remake of this song is pointless and would fall short after Ray Charles' stamp was placed on it. However, music making simply doesn't get any better than on this classic. Hawkins, a man of understated musical sophistication went into the studio for one-day and recorded a timeless, definitive, and fully orchestrated performance of the song with straightforward simplicity, mapping out the lyric with his mastery of vocal phrasing and clarity.
Watching him perform the song in the music video gave rise to the realization, there is no denying the talent and significance of this remarkable singer. I can't help but surmise Carmichael, Gorrell and Charles would be proud to impart to Stevie Hawkins their 'stamp' of approval for his interpretation of the composition.
For Hawkins, this was a dream come true project. For decades, he had been facilitating the demands of commercialism with his own inclinations toward blues, soul and jazz and his affection for the songs of the Great American Songbook. "After performing this song for many years at shows, this is one of the great classics I have always wanted to record, and now, have finally done so. I had fun recording the song, especially with the live orchestration behind me. A live orchestra is magic. By the vast dynamics and passing chord changes, an orchestra takes you places melodically and emotionally you might not have gone or felt otherwise. I sincerely hope people will enjoy this offering of the song and the music video", said Hawkins.
Remarkably, Hawkins recorded - mixed and mastered the track, directed - edited and released the video, and had the single selling at retail stores to include iTunes, all in less than one week. Very similar to the way single releases were handled in days of yesteryear.
If you do not know of Hawkins or his recordings, this magnificent new rendition of Georgia On My Mind is a honey pot attraction, an essential purchase, and jaw-dropping good.
For the record, the 1930 Carmichael and Gorrell collaboration wasn't written about a place or state. The song was actually written for Carmichael's sister who's name was "Georgia". The song is universally believed to have been written about the state. Stevie Hawkins wished to convey the song in the light of its original intent, and has done so through visuals in his accompanying video of the song.
Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra first recorded the "Georgia On My Mind" on September 15, 1930, in New York, with Bix Beiderbecke on muted cornet, Carmichael on vocals, and featured Eddie Lang on guitar. The recording was part of Beiderbecke's last recording session. The recording was released as Victor 23013 along with "One Night in Havana". In 2014, the recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
"Georgia On My Mind" became a #1 hit in 1960, via its definitive recording by Ray Charles, who recorded the song for his 1960 album "The Genius Hits the Road". It became the official state song of the State of Georgia in 1979.
Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981) wrote many now-famous "standards" including the legendary "Stardust" and "Heart and Soul". He appeared in a number of movies, typically as a "singer and piano man", most memorably in the motion picture "To Have and Have Not", with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Carmichael, a native of Indiana, won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1952 with "In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening". He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.
Stevie Hawkins "Georgia On My Mind" YouTube video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKWjVwcjfqU
"Georgia On My Mind"
Artist: Stevie Hawkins
Writers: Hoagy Carmichael/Stuart Gorrell
Producer/Engineer: Stevie Hawkins
Label: Emphasis Records - EMCDS-010
Publisher: Peer Music III LTD
"Georgia On My Mind" licensed through The Harry Fox Agency, May 9, 2014.
For information regarding Stevie Hawkins, contact Tom Stevens - firstname.lastname@example.org