by Kitty Y. Williams
By day he’s interviewing a range of Celebrities including Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, The Kardashians, Usher, even UFC Executives… By midnight he’s in the studio having romantic conversations with his other love; Music. You may recognize Lee Hawkins as a guest commentator on the Fox Business News network and a staff Reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Lee shared with The INDIEgator his musical journey from Minnesota to New York City and how he balances it with his love for Journalism. We also get some insight into some unique ways to make it in the music industry as an Independent Artist including knowledge he’s gained from interviewing top Celebs in the business.
The INDIEgator: Where are you from and where are you currently located?
Lee: I am originally from St. Paul, Minnesota and I currently live in New York City.
The INDIEgator: How long have you been in the Music biz professionally?
Lee: I’ve been involved in the industry professionally since 2001. I recorded my 1st album Serenade in 2002. My songs “Come With Me” and “Don’t Run Away” from that album were picked up by the Café De Soul label in Europe, for the chapter three compilation. The album was also profiled in Gail Mitchell’s “Rap, Rhythm and Blues” column in Billboard magazine. After I joined the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in 2003, I relocated, away from my band, and stopped making music until I started writing and recording again in 2011. I wasn’t looking to release anything, but I entered one song, “I Love You Woman,” into the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and won the Grand Prize in the R&B category a few months ago. That’s what prompted me to put Midnight Conversations on iTunes.