1994 Tramaine Hawkins – To A Higher Place

Tramaine Hawkins (born Tramaine Aunzola Davis on October 11, 1951) is an American gospel music singer. She has won two Grammy Awards, two Doves, and 19 Stellar Awards.

Hawkins was born in San Francisco, California to the late Roland and Lois (Cleveland) Davis. She grew up in the Ephesians Church of God in Christ located in Berkeley, California, pastored by her grandfather, the late Bishop E.E. Cleveland. While still in high school, Hawkins and her friends, Mary McCreary, Elva Mouton, and Vet Stone, had a gospel group called The Heavenly Tones that performed at various venues around the Oakland and San Francisco areas. In 1966 they recorded the album “I Love the Lord” for the Gospel label, part of Savoy Records, and a 45 for the Music City label called “He’s Alright”. When Vet Stone’s older brother Sylvester, better known as Sly Stone, formed Sly & the Family Stone with their brother Freddie and friends Larry Graham, Cynthia Robinson, Jerry Martini, and Greg Errico, The Heavenly Tones were recruited directly out of high school to become Little Sister (band), Sly & the Family Stone’s background vocalists for their recording. Tramaine left the group to focus solely on recording and singing Gospel Music. At the age of 17, she sang on The Edwin Hawkins Singers Choir’s single “Oh Happy Day”. With her distinctive soprano and extensive vocal range, she became better known as a featured soloist with late husband Walter Hawkins’ Love Center Choir as well as The Hawkins Family.

Following her triumphant comeback, she became one of the first gospel artists to sign with Columbia Records when she released To A Higher Place in 1994. Following this album’s release, Tramaine took an extended hiatus from recording, The songs Amazing Grace, Who’s Gonna Carry You, I Found The Answer and Touch Me were produced by Marty Paich and David Paich.

Tracks

1Amazing Grace7:10
2Who’s Gonna Carry You5:16
3That’s Why I Love You Like I Do4:59
4Trees3:54
5I Found The Answer4:09
6Touch Me4:30
7Stand Your Ground4:19
8Aim Your Arrow High4:50
9I Don’t Wanna Be Misunderstood4:00
10It’s Never Too Late5:49

1 Amazing Grace

BassAbe Laboriel
DrumsHarvey Mason
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
PianoRandy Kerber
ConductorMarty Paich
VocalsTramaine Hawkins

2 Who’s Gonna Carry You

Bass (synthesizer)Greg Phillinganes
Drums (programming)Eve Nelson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsDavid Paich
ConductorMarty Paich
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsCarmen Carter
Background VocalsCarol Sylvan
Background VocalsEve Nelson
Background VocalsKatreese Barnes
Background VocalsMichelle Weeks
Background VocalsTony Warren
VocalsTramaine Hawkins

3 That’s Why I Love You Like I Do

ConductorJeremy Lubbock
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsCarmen Carter
Background VocalsTony Warren
VocalsTramaine Hawkins

4 Trees

BassLarry Fuller
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarRay Fuller
PianoJerry Peters
SynthesizerJerry Peters
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsCarmen Carter
Background VocalsJulie Delgado
Background VocalsMarlena Jeter
Background VocalsSharon Kelly
Background VocalsTata Vega
Background VocalsTony Warren
VocalsTramaine Hawkins

5 I Found The Answer

BassAddison Farmer
DrumsOcie Johnson
GuitarJimmy Raney
PianoMildred Falls
ConductorMarty Paich
VocalsMahalia Jackson
VocalsTramaine Hawkins

6 Touch Me

BassAbe Laboriel
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
PianoDavid Paich
PianoRandy Kerber
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
ConductorMarty Paich
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsCarmen Carter
Background VocalsTony Warren
VocalsTramaine Hawkins

7 Stand Your Ground

All InstrumentsJoseph Joubert
Background VocalsMarcia Sapp
Background VocalsNancy Jackson
Background VocalsPhilip Ballou
Background VocalsSherry McGhee
Background VocalsSonya Rogers
Background VocalsVincent Freeman
VocalsTramaine Hawkins

8 Aim Your Arrow High

ConductorJeremy Lubbock
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsCarmen Carter
Background VocalsDorian Holley
Background VocalsJulie Delgado
Background VocalsMarlena Jeter
Background VocalsTony Warren
VocalsTramaine Hawkins

9 I Don’t Wanna Be Misunderstood

DrumsIvan Hampden
All InstrumentsJoseph Joubert
Background VocalsMarcia Sapp
Background VocalsNancy Jackson
Background VocalsPhilip Ballou
Background VocalsSherry McGhee
Background VocalsSonya Rogers
Background VocalsVincent Freeman
VocalsTramaine Hawkins

10 It’s Never Too Late

BassAbe Laboriel
DrumsHarvey Mason
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
SaxDave Boruff
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
ConductorJeremy Lubbock
VocalsTramaine Hawkins