Simon Hawkins is an award-winning songwriter/producer and Amazon Best Selling author, based on the south coast of England. Andrea Stolpe, instructor at Berklee Music School, multi-platinum recorded songwriter, artist and author commented on Simon’s book Song Maps: “Simon offers songwriters creative parameters where so many claim no parameters can be set. With such tangible tools, songwriters can experience great freedom and expect consistent results.” Sue C Smith, five-time Dove-award winning songwriter, staff writer with Capitol CMG and founder of the Write About Jesus seminar for Christian songwriters, says: "Simon Hawkins is a gifted problem-solver, and so much of songwriting calls for just that. In Song Maps – A New System To Write Your Best Lyrics, Simon has shared the methods he has developed to catapult his own songwriting career and offered them to songwriters everywhere. It’s going to revolutionize and illuminate the process for so many. What a wonderful, generous gift to the songwriting community!" Simon's passion for music goes back to when he started playing the organ at his church at the age of 12. For many years, he combined writing with an international career in oil and gas and investment banking, which took him and his family around the world. In 2004, Simon became a full-time songwriter and was quickly signed by Universal Music Publishing in Nashville (Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing/Universal CMG), where he has some 200 songs in his catalog. In 2010, he founded his publishing company, Great British Music, which now represents his work and helps others in the UK looking to access opportunities in the US. Simon's songs have been recorded by Vince Gill and Sheri Easter (“Livin' in the Rain”), American Idol finalist Mandisa (“Truth About Me”), Abandon (“Known”), Avalon (“Destined”), Gold City (“Never Too Broken”) and many others in a range of genres. “Livin' in the Rain” reached #2 on the SoGo charts and was long-listed for a Grammy. In 2012, Mandisa's album “What If We Were Real,” which included “Truth About Me,” was nominated for a Grammy. “Never Too Broken” reached #1 on the SoGo charts in autumn 2014. Simon also received a Dove nomination for the musical LifeSong: The Musical, written with Sue C Smith. In 2015, Simon's modern hymn “He Is God” won the Integrity Music “Search for a Hymn 2015" competition, which he recorded with Integrity/Thankyou Music.Read more Read less
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