Who Am I?

Hey, my name is Jay Hawkins, and no, I’m NOT Screamin’ Jay Hawkins! I’m more like Singin’ Jay Hawkins. I’ve played in bands since 1989 (WHOA…like, that’s before the internet was “invented”!!!) and writing songs for just as long.

This project is a culmination of original songs that have made up my life. Songs that talk about life, love, heartache and heartbreak. The kind of stuff everybody goes through. We just like to tell it through song, rather than being honest when friends, neighbor’s and strangers ask, “how’s it going?”.

Call me fortunate and call me blessed, you see my formative years were from the late 1970’s through the mid 1980’s. My days and nights were spent listening to the creativity and authenticity of artists like REO Speedwagon, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Def Leppard, Skynyrd, Styx, Cheap Trick, America, Boston and my “home state” favorite, the Michael Stanley Band (to name a few). Just a bunch of guys writing about the pursuit of love and the sorrow of heartbreak (Yes, I’m sure even these hormone laden young rockers had a sensitive side, or least the ability to make us think they did).

My foray into rock-n-roll bands started in February 1989 with the “basement” band August Fast. After getting our feet wet with a few high school grad parties, we decided to rename the band and add a few new members. Boyz with Toyz lasted a few years, but it was pretty evident, I was a Midwest guy with a few too many West Coast musicians. They were Warrant, Mr. Big and Skid Row and I was REO Speedwagon. With a few original songs (Red Line & Missing You) and a bass player, I was introduced to a group of guys who were losing their singer. An acquaintance of mine, was suffering with diabetes issues and could no longer front the band, so she introduced us, and so became Cryin’ Out Loud.

Long story short, I’m still fronting COL, but my love for songwriting and original music burns hotter now more than ever. With a cache of songs written many years ago, and a set of tunes played only in the privacy of my bedroom, I’ve put together Hawkins. What you get is that ’70’s and ’80’s rock-n-roll, based on the experiences of the life I’ve lived, which may not be so different from yours.

Hawkins is not the musical flavor of the month. Definitely not some 16 year old female who Tweets all sorts of BS about how awesome life is and brags about how many followers I have. I’m not a Screamer or a Swooner. I’m just a guy that likes to rock, and share it with friends and family. I guess when you get right down to it, I’m just to young to stop and to old to care.