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  Our company was founded on the idea of helping music artists in need. Ever since our organization was established by, music industry veteran, Bruce A. Hawes, we have endeavored to provide experienced advice, expert, credible sources of information and direct consulting help where the need is greatest.

 

  Our team is made up entirely of other entertainment industry experts. We advocate for those who need our help. Even those that need just a little help a long way. That is why we are especially happy to recommend new sources of information and provide music artists referrals to organizations that share our commitment to doing good for talented artist who need our help. 


  Do you want to support our efforts? Do you own or represent an organization that provide services for independent or established artist that can help develop and help them realize their dreams, and reach their goals of success in the entertainment industry? Then do not hesitate to contact Bruce Hawes, at our corporate office at: (267) 499-6362. Or, write to CEO, Bruce Hawes at: mawainc@aol.com. Your company's services and the artists we provide those services to, are all greatly appreciated!

 

  Our company was founded on the idea of helping music artists in need. Ever since our organization was established by, music industry veteran, Bruce A. Hawes, we have endeavored to provide experienced advice, expert, credible sources of information and direct consulting help where the need is greatest.

 

  Our team is made up entirely of entertainment industry experts. We advocate for those who need our help. Even those that need just a little help a long way.

 

  That is why we are especially happy to recommend new sources of information and provide music artists organizations that share our commitment to doing good for talented artist who need our help. 

  Do you want to support our efforts? Do you have a organization that provide services for independent artist that will help them realize their dreams, and reach their goals of success in the entertainment industry? Then do not hesitate to contact Bruce Hawes, at our corporate office at: (267) 499-6362. Or, write to CEO, Bruce Hawes at: 

mawainc@aol.com. 

Invitation To Entertainment Service Providers:

  Your company's services and the artists services we will recommend are all invited to contact us and appreciated!

 

Bruce Hawes BIo

WHO IS BRUCE HAWES:

SINGER/SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, ARRANGER and AUTHOR

 

People can tell you their favorite songs and the artists who sing them like “Mighty Love” by the Spinners, “Dear Mama” by Tupac or “Foolish” by Johnny Mathis. But they seldom know the songwriter’s name. These songs were recorded over a span of five decades and were big hits at the time and remain tops on many adult contemporary playlists throughout the world.

 

Standing in the midst of these hits and many more is Bruce Hawes, who received great accolades from critics and the music world for co-writing these songs among others. After co-writing many hit songs beginning at an early age to this day Hawes is one of the most influential singer/songwriters, producers and music arrangers in the world of R&B, rap and Pop music. Remarkable songwriters like Holland Dozier and Holland, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson were a few of his early influences.  

 

Hawes is as active as he’s ever been. He is currently developing a podcast entitled “Music Business and More” and developing a solo album virtually working with a studio in Philadelphia, and Power Station Studios in Pompano Beach Florida. The positive side of this terrible coronavirus pandemic is it allows him more time in development. One of the songs being developed with covid19 (in mind) is called “Everything Works out fine in the End” of which he wrote with Stan Penridge. Who was the writing partner of Peter Chris and many hits for the world famous group, “KISS.’ Some of the guest artists to be featured include; The First Choice’s original singer, Annette Guest; former bassist and lead singer of Pieces of a Dream Cedric Napoleon; and Phillip Pugh (co-writer of Spinners hit “Then came You”) just to name a few.

 

As a consultant Hawes has created a website for those interested in how to exist in the record business.   

 

In recognition of his many achievements and accomplishments within the music industry The National Rhythm & Blues Music Society presented him and his former co-writers Joseph B. Jefferson, and Charles Simmons with the NR&BMS 2020 “Producer/Songwriter Award.”

 

After a successful career that extends over four-decades as a hit-maker, Hawes remains a first call songwriter, producer and arranger for major record labels, producers and musicians looking for fresh material.

 

With such a reputation it is understandable that Hawes is now a consultant and is the CEO of Industrial Strength Music, a publishing company he founded in 1977. The company has worked with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Phyllis Hyman, and the 70s group First Choice, James Taylor, Cee-Lo, and Rick Ross just to name a few. They have embraced and incorporated Hawes music into their great music legacies.

 

His catalogue has been recorded and covered by noted artists like James Taylor, Todd Rundgren, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Cuba Gooding, Sr., Chi Lites, Melba Moore, Spinners, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Kingston Trio, Gladys Knight and the Pips among others. With the assistance of Hawes’ unforgettable lyrics some of these artists have earned him seven Platinum CD’s.    

 

His songs have been performed on NBC-TV during the 1975 NFL Players’ Retirement Special, that included his song “Bittersweet” (earning him his first Gold Album as a producer). Hawes’ hits songs appeared on such film soundtracks as; Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling (directed by Richard Pryor, 1986); and Spike Lee’s movies Do the Right Thing (1989), Crooklyn (1994), and Summer of Sam (1999); and Paramount Pictures and MTV Films The Fighting Temptations, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles (2003); Paris Is Burning (documentary 1990); and Paramount Pictures Christmas Office Party (an all-star cast 2016); All Eyez on Me  (Tupac Shakur documentary, 2017). 

 

As a youngster his mother taught him how to vocally harmonize. Tuning his voice to the key of the music which comes with ear-training or having a good ear as the critics often say was essential to Hawes’ vocal career. He became known as the “kid with the golden ear.” He could record in his head what a collaborator would sing to him.

 

Hawes made a vocal splash early on in the family group the Hawes Trio (with sisters Linda and Debbie). He was later chosen as a soloist for his 9th grade class graduation ceremony along with two other students and Anita Whitehead. Who eventually Married John Whitehead of Mcfadden and Whitehead later that year.
 

Following graduation, he was enrolled in the All City Junior Choir, where he was introduced to classical singing and sight-reading music notes. His composition (song) was selected, conducted and performed by Kittie Parham, formerly of a popular gospel group of the 1950s, The Clara Ward Singers, which included now deceased star, Della Reese. She utilized Hawes’ talents and conducting skills at the young age of 14 two months after he learned to play piano. He wrote his first song and never looked back. His experience singing with Philadelphia's All City Choir literally inspired Hawes to become a pianist and composer, at age 14.

 

While attending Philadelphia’s Olney High School Hawes was confronted with an uncomfortable situation that led him to becoming a more independent person willing to take chances and stand alone. His school-choir teacher Ms. Baines, asked him to sing solo “The Shadow of Your Smile” for his 11th grade class-assembly. Hawes had never sung solo before and was terrified, but he pressed forward realizing if he wanted to be able to stand alone it had to be now. Following this character-performance building moment, he received a thunderous standing-ovation.

 

City Councilwoman Jackie DeShields made it possible for Hawes to attend Penn Morton College & Military School (Widner College). Hawes’ road to becoming a super songwriter was set in motion with his decision to leave Widner College and return home to Philadelphia. He just wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. After two semesters Hawes had come to that proverbial fork in the road.

 

He moved in with his older brother Scott and found a job as a bank teller. His nights were dedicated to singing with his gospel group, The Original Overbrook Singers (later changed their name to Genesis). He wrote songs for this gospel group daily for the next 8 months that contributed to his strong songwriting skills. During this period, he was inspired by his former girlfriend Annette Guest (the group First Choice) to write his first secular song “I Could Never Repay Your Love.”   

 

Later in 1972 after leaving the group Genesis and working with various groups in the Philadelphia area, his girlfriend Guest became the catalyst to his invitation to the entertainment business.  

 

His introduction in 1972 to Earl Sheldon of Mighty Three Music Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Philadelphia International Records put Hawes on his launch pad to songwriting success. Hawes was not looking for fame or fortune like a contestant looking to win the top prize at “America’s Got Talent,” “American idol,” or “The Voice.” However, upon Sheldon introducing him to Theodore T. Life, a songwriter (and in-take to talent personnel) at Mighty Three, who after listening to Hawes songs, he declared that he could not do much for him. But he took Hawes to meet Thom Bell. Whose office was merely feet away down the next corridor. There Hawes auditioned 3 songs. Which were, (“I Just Want to be Me.” Which later became a hit for Johnny Mathis, who stated it was one of his favorite songs). (“I Won’t Have Time To Worry,”) recorded and released by Little Anthony & The Imperials, and “I Could Never Repay Your Love.”). Of which Bell decried he would record to compete The Spinners 1st album he was working on then, immediately. Directly after that listening session, Bell signaled to Shelton, stating “he did pretty good, pretty good.”

 

Shelton immediately pulled out a contract asking Hawes to sign which he did joyfully. At the age of 19, he became a member of the dynamic songwriting stable at TSOP. Hawes was asked to come into the office weekly. But no salary was being provided at the time. He was teamed with another writer Joe Jefferson. Hawes. The song “I Could Never Repay Your Love” musically inspired “Don’t Let the Sun Come Down On Me” by Elton John.  

 

Together Hawes and Jefferson began writing jingles (television commercials) for Joey Heatherton (an actress, dancer, and singer of the 1960s and 1970s), who represented Serta Mattress (the largest national mattress company in the 1960s-70s), Their jingles were well received by Heatherson and her team.

 

The following day at the TSOP/ Mighty Three Music offices the CEO Kenny Gamble and Thom Bell introduced Jefferson and Hawes to Charles Simmons, who needed help with his song lyrics. Charles Simmons only had just 1 .2 of a line he had created. Hawes’ intuitive skills took over and he constructed the song’s verse and chorus and title within a short period of time. When Jefferson chimed in during construction of the song Hawes would come up with the name for the song, “Could This Be the End.” This was the day that Jefferson, Hawes and Simmons became a team, in 1972. Hawes was the key to this songwriting team. This song was eventually recorded by The Stylistics on their Rock & Roll Baby album in 1973.

 

At age 20, Hawes wrote and produced his mid-tempo soulful swing instrumental “Bittersweet” for the Sound of Philadelphia Orchestra. It was featured on the MSFB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother)  Orchestra’s album Love is the Message (1973), it became a colossal hit  before being included on the “Greatest Hits” CD. This successful song welcomed more opportunities for Hawes to write, produce and arrange more compositions for the group. He also composed songs for The Spinners, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, R. Kelly, Melba Moore and The Whispers.  

 

As a successful songwriter, singer and producer Hawes was ready to bring another passion of his to fruition to arrange music. He had the unique ability to hear horn sections, violins, or synthesizer lines in music tracks without enhancement which is the main ingredient for arranging. TSOP’s Bell suggested he purchase the book “How to be an Arranger.” He immediately started by arranging the song “Where There Is Love” that he co-wrote with Charles Simmons. He hired Jack Faith, who acted as a copyist for his first chart. In the process Faith became his orchestrating teacher, mentor and friend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

Hawes songwriting success comes from his basic ingredients for hit songs: paint a story that listeners can easily follow, make it memorable with a relevant subject that is common to all.

 

Hawes’ unique octave voice and perfect pitch enabled him to lend his talent as a back-up singer to such renowned vocalists as; Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, The Whispers, Melba Moore, and he hired Luther Vandross (to sing with him on a project). Tawatha Agee. Hawes also sang on recordings by Stylistics, New York City, Blue Magic, and The Spinners.

 

Hawes is the lyricist, who wrote lyrics for TSOP’s noted songwriter Linda Creed for the Johnny Mathis hit, “Foolish.” She had a writers’ block. So, Hawes gladly took her place and completed a finished classic musical product. (Linda Creed wrote the hits “You Make Me Feel Brand New” by The Stylistics and “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston.) Bruce wrote and produced “Where There is Love” for The Whispers; “Dear Mama” for Tupac Shakur; he was solely responsible for the chorus on “Sadie” by R. Kelly. He co-wrote Closer the album titled “song” for vocalist and actress Melba Moore, with producer and keyboardist Victor Carstarphen (who co-wrote “Wake Up Everybody” and “Bad Luck”).

 

In 1981, Hawes made his Broadway performance debut in the production of “Innocent Black” starring Melba Moore. Over a two-year period, Hawes produced three consecutive albums for the Tony Award winner Moore. He worked on remixes for jazz violinist Noel Pointer and played a role in establishing a new expanded marketing style for jazz artists.  

 

Hawes returned to Philadelphia in 1981, to work on a special project with his good friend and business associate George Cary. Together they formed a production company called Atlantic Coast Sound Company. Under this banner they co-founded the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic mix of musicians and vocalists called The Myx with   Hawes as leader and one of the songwriters. The following year the group was ready with songs and a polished act. Damian Smith set up a meeting in New York with Hawes, Cary and the group for an audition with Stevie Wonder. Wonder was so impressed with Hawes vocal ability and great songs performed by The Myx, he signed them to an exclusive artist agreement to his label (a five-year run).

 

Hawes left California and The Myx project after 5 years and returned home to Philadelphia. He decided to attend Glassboro State College (Rowan) to continue his classical-vocal training and music theory. While there, he performed onstage with the college’s well-known opera company. Hawes was aiming for a college degree in music but once again the entertainment industry’s loud voice called him. This call was from Gamble at Philadelphia International Records, where his success had begun. Returning to the label he wrote and co-produced with Gamble a song entitled “The Kids” that was on Phyllis Hyman’s final album of her career.

 

Hawes was featured on French Television. Because Hawes had translated and produced music for Algerian composer and performer Enrico Macias, known as “France’s Frank Sinatra.” Over the years during his illustrious career his reputation and songs are now worldwide accompanied by global acclaim. In 1999, Mary J. Blige, released his song “Let No Man Put Asunder,” that was included on her subsequent hit album Dance For Me.

 

After having so many of his songs become hits, in 2010 Hawes released his first solo mini-album CD, and the single “I Want To Be Mellow” that hit #1 in many regions of the U.S. and charted globally.  

 

Hawes never one to rest on his laurels forged a new path as an author in 2013 when he released his autobiography, GROWING UP IN THE SOUND OF PHILADEPHIA, From The Inside Out, in response to Oxford University’s commissioned textbook: A HOUSE ON FIRE, (The Rise And Fall Of The Philadelphia Soul), which was based on The Sound Of Philadelphia’s recording community.

 

For anyone wanting to know the inner workings of TSOP’s hitmaking machine that was heard around the world this is the book. Hawes offers his inside perspective as a witness who shared his astounding songwriting talents with the lead writer Thom Bell. The company’s creative owners Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, were beneficiaries of Hawes great talent and all those musicians, he worked with over the years.    

 

Hawes has succeeded in all his musical challenges and endeavors from R&B, jazz, pop, rock, opera, hip hop or Middle Eastern music. He studies the various philosophies of music genres in order to better understand how to work with artists from various music genres. 

 

As Hawes continues to make great strides in this unpredictable music business, he still remembers the lessons learned from his parents.  “My parents raised me to always strive to be a decent person which included being self-reliant and independent.”

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