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

1 Amazing Grace 7:10
2 Who’s Gonna Carry You 5:16
3 That’s Why I Love You Like I Do 4:59
4 Trees 3:54
5 I Found The Answer 4:09
6 Touch Me 4:30
7 Stand Your Ground 4:19
8 Aim Your Arrow High 4:50
9 I Don’t Wanna Be Misunderstood 4:00
10 It’s Never Too Late 5:49

1 Amazing Grace

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums Harvey Mason
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Piano Randy Kerber
Conductor Marty Paich
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins

2 Who’s Gonna Carry You

Bass (synthesizer) Greg Phillinganes
Drums (programming) Eve Nelson
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Keyboards David Paich
Conductor Marty Paich
Background Vocals Alex Brown
Background Vocals Carmen Carter
Background Vocals Carol Sylvan
Background Vocals Eve Nelson
Background Vocals Katreese Barnes
Background Vocals Michelle Weeks
Background Vocals Tony Warren
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins

3 That’s Why I Love You Like I Do

Conductor Jeremy Lubbock
Background Vocals Alex Brown
Background Vocals Carmen Carter
Background Vocals Tony Warren
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins

4 Trees

Bass Larry Fuller
Drums Leon Chancler
Guitar Ray Fuller
Piano Jerry Peters
Synthesizer Jerry Peters
Background Vocals Alex Brown
Background Vocals Carmen Carter
Background Vocals Julie Delgado
Background Vocals Marlena Jeter
Background Vocals Sharon Kelly
Background Vocals Tata Vega
Background Vocals Tony Warren
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins

5 I Found The Answer

Bass Addison Farmer
Drums Ocie Johnson
Guitar Jimmy Raney
Piano Mildred Falls
Conductor Marty Paich
Vocals Mahalia Jackson
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins

6 Touch Me

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums Harvey Mason
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Piano David Paich
Piano Randy Kerber
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Conductor Marty Paich
Background Vocals Alex Brown
Background Vocals Carmen Carter
Background Vocals Tony Warren
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins

7 Stand Your Ground

All Instruments Joseph Joubert
Background Vocals Marcia Sapp
Background Vocals Nancy Jackson
Background Vocals Philip Ballou
Background Vocals Sherry McGhee
Background Vocals Sonya Rogers
Background Vocals Vincent Freeman
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins

8 Aim Your Arrow High

Conductor Jeremy Lubbock
Background Vocals Alex Brown
Background Vocals Carmen Carter
Background Vocals Dorian Holley
Background Vocals Julie Delgado
Background Vocals Marlena Jeter
Background Vocals Tony Warren
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins

9 I Don’t Wanna Be Misunderstood

Drums Ivan Hampden
All Instruments Joseph Joubert
Background Vocals Marcia Sapp
Background Vocals Nancy Jackson
Background Vocals Philip Ballou
Background Vocals Sherry McGhee
Background Vocals Sonya Rogers
Background Vocals Vincent Freeman
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins

10 It’s Never Too Late

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums Harvey Mason
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Sax Dave Boruff
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Conductor Jeremy Lubbock
Vocals Tramaine Hawkins