Hawkins is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He
lived in Atlanta, Georgia for several years where
he began honing his music skills by performing at
night clubs, concert venues, recording
sessions, and practice. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio where he regularly performs concerts and clubs on guitar and vocals with the stellar rock band "Travelers By Dawn", while
continuing his personal musical quests.
was born into a music family. At a very young age,
he was exposed to vast variety of music and artists
in the recording studio environment where he spent
many hours watching, listening, and learning the
ropes of music and its production. By the age of
seven, he had learned how to navigate a recording
console, utilize rack components, basic midi
programming, and operate a multi-track tape
machine. Around the age of eight, Justin began
creating and recording his own music to multi-track
tape using a sequenced midi keyboard workstation, playing drums,
years progressed, he developed into a gifted
composer, producer, and a extraordinary wailing guitarist fueled
with energy, creativity and spontaneity. His inborn
natural sense of feel and musical abilities are
truly amazing. When Justin hits the stage or
studio, it is no holds barred scenario.
has a wide mix of influences ranging from Blues,
Rock, Jazz, Funk and Soul, Singer/Songwriter,
Alternative, Hip-Hop, among others. He fuses
those influences with outcomes of his own unique
brand, style, and sound.
performed shows with Blues and Rock music legends,
Wayne Sauls & The Bear Facts Band, Eddie
Tigner, Little Brother, Sean Costello, Buddy
Miles, among others.
Musicians who have the opportunity to perform with
Justin experience his fiery "on the edge"
musical passion. He has a unique way of inspiring
those who perform with him to explore their
instruments, elevating them to
higher spiritual planes of performance and
execution, in ways that they would have never
before imagined possible. Justin's onstage
performances are like his performance in life:
unrehearsed and yet exceptional every time.