Getting to Know Lee Hawkins

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The INDIEgator: As an Indie Artist, have you experienced any challenges so far in your musical endeavors and how did or how are you overcoming them?

Lee: My biggest challenge right now as an Independent Artist is being able to keep up with the different opportunities. I feel blessed to be contacted by different Producers and Artists who want to work on things, but I can’t take every opportunity. I am focused more on my journalism career, and that comes first. My music is a big part of me, but it is not how I make my living, nor is it how I want to make my living. I think I can do very well with it because of the brand and also because of songwriting contests and TV/Film licensing, but it’s not my core competency.

The INDIEgator: How important is Social Networking in launching or maintaining a music career as an Indie Artist?

Lee: Social media is very important for any Musician. We are living in an on-demand culture. This is why you can appeal to a niche audience and have tremendous success. Social media enables people to get on the web and find what they are looking for, and set up their computers to take in a constant stream of the music and content they are passionate about. That’s why it’s important for anyone who is trying to get content out there to find their audience. That’s all I’m trying to do with my journalism and music; to provide for the audience who wants that very specialized content. I feel like social media has helped to democratize the music industry. Young people are the savviest with it and the barriers are being broken down. I feel sorry for Musicians who don’t embrace social media. I think those people will be left behind. I come across people, musically and journalistically, who resist this paradigm shift, and I wonder how they are going to be relevant going forward.

The INDIEgator: What type of recognition have you received so far for your music and how has it affected your motivation?

Lee: I would say my greatest recent accomplishment is winning the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the R&B category.  I think it has affected my motivation because I am really not a talker. One thing I can’t stand is talking about what I’m gonna do. I am more into just doing it. So when I won that contest, it was great affirmation for the fact that I have gotten back into making music. I think the song “I Love You Woman,” is a great song, but better than me saying it, the John Lennon judges affirmed it.  As a result of winning the contest, I also received thousands of dollars of recording equipment and synthesizers that I really would not have invested in had I not won, so that pretty much guarantees that I will be doing a lot of recording in the coming year or two.

The INDIEgator: With all the positive attention your music is receiving, do you think you would sign with a label when the opportunity presents itself?

Lee: I do expect that I will license music to a record label in the future. I don’t see myself doing a traditional Artist deal, but I do see licensing as a great opportunity. It’s something I’ve done before and I like licensing. It’s the most straightforward way to work with a label or production entity.

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Since moving to Houston, CEO Kitty Y. Williams (MissKittyTV Networks, LLC) has brought positive media exposure to Entertainers, Business Owners, Authors, Filmmakers, Community Leaders and other unique individuals Worldwide. Beginning with MissKittyTV in 2006, she filmed exclusive interviews, showcases, web cam episodes and events around the city, sharing with the world via YouTube. In 2007 she started her Kitty Williams LIVE radio broadcast on BlogTalkRadio, interviewing guests and showcasing music from several independent entertainers. (Read More on LinkedIn)

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