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A well kept secret about the famous "Hawkins Family sound" is a silent main ingredient to the musical process.  That silent ingredient main ingredient and musical contribution is drummer/Bassist Joel Smith.  "When Walter (late Bishop Walter Hawkins) wrote his songs he would call me over to his house" says Joel.  "I would bring my bass guitar and he sung his songs while playing the piano.  My uncles trusted me at an early age to color their music and use my God given gifts" says Joel.  

With over 40 years in the music business as a musician, Music Director and arranger, Joel is now delving into Music Consulting.   "So many people still love the "Hawkins Sound" and my skills as a musician, but their is so much more to me says Joel.  

"I think it is time to share my knowledge and some basic things I have learned over the length of my career."

Artists Performances

The late Bishop Walter Hawkins

Tramaine  Hawkins

Edwin Hawkins

Lynette Hawkins-Stephens

Mary Mary

Bishop TD Jakes

The late Revereend James Moore

The Williams Brothers

Lawrence Matthews

Dr. Richard Smallwood

Yolanda Adams

Lashun Pace

BeBe Winans

Beverly Crawford

Kurt Carr

Patti LaBelle

Carlos Santana

Lala Hathaway

The late Al Jarreau

Twinkie Clark

Karen Clark-Sheard


Music Consulting


Band Tightness/Arrangement

Song Arrangement


Bass Players



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