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Loomis singer takes local road to fame

By: Leah Rosasco, Loomis News Correspondent
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Jeanette Hawkins, of Loomis, picked up a guitar at the age of eleven and hasn’t stopped playing since. A 2003 graduate of Del Oro High School, Hawkins said at the age of 19 she decided to start taking her music seriously. Now, at 27, Hawkins is in the process of recording her first CD and the video for her single “Where Do We Go,” which includes scenes shot in the Newcastle Cemetery and the Old St. Mary’s Church in Rocklin. It was recently released on YouTube. “It’s something that I’ve imagined for a long time, but it’s been a process in the making,” Hawkins said. “I’m relieved it’s finally coming to fruition.” Inspired by the philosophy of John Lennon, Gandhi and the music of No Doubt and Sublime, Hawkins said her style is acoustic rock with an underlying message that “love conquers all.” Alyssa Anderson, of Yuba City, also a 2003 Del Oro graduate, has been friends with Hawkins since the two began playing guitar together in the eighth grade at Placer Elementary School. According to Anderson, they played in bands when they were younger, including one called Silver Tone when they were in the eighth grade. “We played in our eighth grade talent show and we actually won,” Anderson said. Since those days, Anderson said, Hawkins’ voice and musical ability have “totally improved” with her hard work determination. Although Hawkins’ music doesn’t really fit into one specific style, Anderson said it works to her advantage because her music is unique. “It’s really cool because when you hear her music it’s different than anything else you’ve ever heard,” Anderson said. “It’s easy to listen to and all of her lyrics are very thoughtful.” In the spring of 2009 Hawkins and a friend did an acoustic tour of California, which began with a show at The Club Car, in Auburn, and that summer she also did a West Coast Tour with the rock band Hero’s Last Mission. Hawkins said she enjoys playing acoustic music because it enables her to use singing and guitar playing as a way to share songs that have a thoughtful message, but she also loves the high energy of the rock band. “It’s completely different than acoustic,” Hawkins said. “I love the higher energy.” In August of 2010, Hawkins’ performed at Singer and a Song, a musical showcase in a downtown Sacramento club, where she met music promoter Dennis Chuning, who had recently founded Latte Society Records. Chuning said he was impressed by Hawkins’ unique voice and her drive. “I sensed that Jeanette possessed that fire that one needs to succeed in the music game,” Chuning said. During the past year, Chuning said he has been working to promote Hawkins’ music and establish a fan base on YouTube. To date, Chuning said, her videos have been seen by more than 100,000 viewers. “Today with the internet it is now possible for new artists to reach millions of people and actually establish a career without the involvement of a major record label,” Chuning said. Hawkins’ next performance will be at the April 19th Battle of the Bands at Club Retro in Roseville. Eventually, Hawkins would like to go on the road and play music festivals, including Coachella, Bonaroo, and South by Southwest, although she said she is happy to play her music and see what the future holds. “I will take whatever God has in store,” she said. For more information on Jeanette Hawkins, visit www.facebook.com/jeanettehawkinsmusic and www.youtube.com/jeanettehawkins. Jeanette Hawkins Live Who: Loomis singer Jeanette Hawkins What: Battle of the Bands When: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19 Where: Club Retro, 1529 Eureka Rd. #110, Roseville Cost: $8 advance, $10 at the door Information: clubretro.net