Jessica Hawkins’ first album, Keep Moving, slated for a December release

For as long as she can remember, Alcorn State University alumna Jessica Hawkins has longed for a career in the music industry. Growing up, her home church, Davis Temple Church of God in Christ in Jackson, Mississippi, is where the former Miss Alcorn 2009-2010 honed her vocal skills as a member of The Sunshine Band Children’s Choir. She’s currently the praise and worship leader at Word of Faith AWC in Natchez, Mississippi where she also display her talent.

With the upcoming release of her first contemporary gospel album titled, Keep Moving, Hawkins will finally fulfill one of her biggest dreams by spreading positivity through her music.

“I have always desired a career in music,” said Hawkins. “I have always had a passion for singing. It is one of the greatest ways in which I receive a spiritual connection. It allows me to connect to the world in order to make a positive impact on the lives of people everywhere. Music and singing have the power and unique ability to bring peace and joy to moments of chaos, tranquility to areas of stress and healing to hurtful situations.”

The album is set for release Saturday, Dec. 17 on all musical outlets. The album takes the listener on a journey of progress. Hawkins said that the central message of the album is to successfully navigate through the ups and downs that life throws in one’s direction.

“My album shows a gradual progression of movement in mind, body and spirit. I want to encourage listeners to keep moving through every situation that arises in your life; no matter the trials and tribulations that come against you; no matter the success and failure that you experience; and no matter the stress and pain you may face. You were created to win. You were created to prosper. You were created to keep moving toward all that life has in store for you.”

Hawkins has a huge support system that has cheered her on up until this point. She credits her faith, Kejuan Hawkins, who is her husband and producer, her late mother, Bonita Hinton and her Word of Faith pastors Bishop Robert and Dr. Betty Cade and Pastor Robbie Cade Furdge for inspiring her upcoming opus.

“My Savior first inspired the creation of my album. My mother had such an amazing love and passion for worship in song, and she instilled so much of that love in me. I have always had a passion for worship, singing and songwriting.”

Hawkins is in a great place. She’s riding high off of her newfound success, and she believes that there’s more to come.

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