About Lee Roy Hawkins, Sr.
Roy Hawkins, Sr. has studies and performed music throughout his life. In
his childhood in Alabama, his aunt was the guitarist that stimulated his
interest. After moving to Minnesota, during his teen years, he studied
voice, piano, and guitar. In school, he played alto saxophone in the
school marching band and sung in the choir.
His after school part-time job was
performing with the Exciters, and the Gladiators.. During his time in the
Air Force, he performed with The Pacers and the High Tones. After he was
discharged from the Air Force he performed with Soul Support, Sounds of
Blackness and many other groups.
Lee has performed for many events
around the nation, including the Ebony Fashion Fair, Minnesota Music
Awards, schools, American Cancer Association events. (As a cancer
survivor, he wrote a song used for their events.) He has also played for
Special Olympics,. Volunteer of America, and many other church, college
and community events.
He has been a dedicated church
musician for over 38 years at the Mount Olivet Baptist Church in St. Paul
where he directed the Youth Ensemble. For 10 years, he directed the JJ Kid
Band who was sponsored by the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for the
Festival of Nations. He was honored with a special award from the Festival
of Nations and a host of other organizations. Hs has served as a mentor
and teacher for many musicians.
Lee Roy has assisted many groups
with recording sessions, including his son, Lee Jr. with his debut CD. He
has also had the pleasure of performing with his wife, Roberta and
children Tammi Harmon, Lee Jr. and Tiffany at various concerts.
Lee Roy believes that his music is
a gift from God and that music can be used to provide positive messages
and good news. He believes that hope, joy, and love can be spread through
music as well.
Lee Roy is a Viet Nam era veteran
of the United States Air Force. He retired from the Qwest corporation
after 33 years of service. He holds a BA from Metropolitan State
University and a Master's Degree from St. Mary's University. He has been
married to his lovely wife Roberta for 41 years. They have three children
and three grandchildren.