He Do It"
By Efrem Graham, cbnnews.com
Koryn Hawthorne continues
to garner attention with her stunning artistry and sterling voice, as her
hit single Won't He Do It has stayed at or near #1 on Billboard's Gospel
Music charts for months..
Now, Koryn's first full album, "Unstoppable,"
is out with a followup up single, "Speak His Name" featuring Natalie Grant.
It has entered the top 25.
At 20, the young Louisiana native and former The Voice finalist is
a compelling force to be reckoned with, carving a unique creative path,
modern sound, and positive message that has enthralled fans since her
previous #1 singles for How Great Thou Art and Oh Mary Don't You
release of her debut EP, where she collaborated with renowned producers and
songwriters such as GRAMMY-winners Warryn Campbell, Aaron Lindsey and
Bernie Herms, Koryn's fresh, inspiring outlook and heart for serving
her faith has captured the attention of industry superstars, peers and music
appearances at the Dove Awards, where she performed on the pre-show with
Branan Murphy for their song All The Wrong Things, Koryn has also
garnered accolades for the upcoming 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards in
March, where she is honored with 2 nominations, for New Artist of the Year
and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year.
Koryn's hit, "Won't He Do It" get additional attention is its
inclusion on the Greenleaf Soundtrack: Volume 2, released by RCA
Inspiration and Lionsgate. A premier next generation global content leader,
the CD continues to garner accolades, taking home the NAACP Image Award for
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary) at the 49th
NAACP Image Awards, as well as a nomination for the upcoming March 2018
Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
Nominated for the Stellar Awards' Special Event CD of the Year, the
acclaimed collection from Season 2 of the hit OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
original series Greenleaf, features songs other songs from Kirk
Franklin, Le'Andria Johnson, Jekalyn Carr, Deborah Joy Winans, Mavis
Staples, and more.
The 2017 installment of songs from the TV show follows the second season
A Kingdom Divided, and features a blend of traditional and
contemporary gospel gems. Includes "Won't He Do It" (Hawthorne)
123 Victory (Franklin), Shine The Light (Winans), The Root
[Remix] (Staples), and more.
lyric video of
"Speak The Name"
"Won't He Do It"
By Henri Montrose, artistdirect.com
Hawthorne first made waves on Season 8 of The Voice,
where she ended up placing fourth as a member of Pharrell
William's team. The Louisiana native made waves with her
confident, soulful voice and artistic delivery. Now the singer has
debuted her self-titled EP.
Her first single on new label RCA Inspiration, "Won't He Do It"
was written by GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, Makeba Riddick-Woods,
who has previously worked with Beyonce, Rihanna, and
ARTISTdirect caught up with Koryn Hawthorne to discuss her new EP, find
out where her hope comes from, and learn about who and what inspired
Where are you right now?
I'm currently at
my home in Louisiana.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it
recorded? What's it about?
My new project is
self-titled, Koryn Hawthorne EP. I worked with Grammy and
Dove Award winning producers Warryn Campbell and Bernie
Herms, plus J Bear, and a few others. The first single,
Won't He Do It, was originally recorded as a duet for an
episode of Greenleaf on OWN. So (you'll get to see me)
perform it on the show. The single is a solo version by me. We
recorded most of the EP in LA, but also worked some in Nashville and
Atlanta. It was an incredibly creative experience to work with these
I did Reasons and Warriors, which has a definitive almost
Rock edge to it, with Warryn Campbell. And I worked with Bernie
Herms and Aaron Lindsey on a very powerful worship ballad,
Speak The Name. Thematically, the EP is both about understanding
where our strength and refuge comes from and then standing on that
Truth and boldly going into the world and confronting the issues of
How do you describe your music to new friends?
I'd say it's very
versatile with a constant message of faith. My creative sound blends
what I've grown up listening to, from Urban to Rock to Pop to Gospel
to R&B. Hopefully, just about everyone, from any walk of life, can
relate to my music.
Other than Koryn Hawthorne, what should your hometown be known for?
I live in a very
VERY small town so it's kind of hard to pick something, but there is
a lot of music here and it's full of people who are fighting to make
it out of hard times and situations. So, I'd say my hometown is
really known for hope.
around you right now and please describe the first item or person
you see that's significant to you (and that your relationship with
It's a poster that
I've had for over five years. It reminds me that I have a purpose in
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a
specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so
Music has always
been a part of my life! If it's a person who has inspired me, I'd
say God because He gave me the gift. Since I was a very little girl,
I've known that He has been with me in all aspects of my life.
Everything I do is to glorify Him, otherwise there's no purpose for
me doing it.
What's the best advice anyone has given you
about pursuing a life in music?
To never stop
pushing and learning. I'm only 19. I have to work hard all the time
to learn as much as I can during the process. That's why working
with these producers and writers on this EP was so amazing. There's
no greater feeling than being able to create with people I have
looked up to for so long. After working with these super talents who
are also incredible human beings, I have even more confidence in
myself and in the distinctive approach I take with my music.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love
to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
What song best sums up your life right now?
Warriors on the EP. I wrote it with the intention of trying to
reach people by exploring things I have been through and how I
overcame those struggles. The song is about purpose and fighting to
reach it . That's my life.
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
I was performing
at a music festival and ran into a couple that was screaming the
lyrics to my song and saying how excited they were about the
project. Those moments are always thrilling.
Take a moment to dream -
Where do hope to be a year from now?
Success in music
is typically measured by strong sales numbers, big radio songs,
significant touring, and perhaps even awards. Those are all good in
and of themselves. I would be lying if I said those aren't goals I
would love to achieve. But even more, I want to be a voice for my
generation, to become a positive and inspiring example they can look
What's your next step towards that dream?
The next step is
prayer and preparation.