Koryn Hawthorne: A Modern Gospel Sound

Most known for her remarkable singing abilities on Season 8 of ‘The Voice,” Koryn Hawthorne portrays a viciously similar sound to the talents of Beyoncé and Emile Sande. With the chance to finally listen to the Voice finalist’s self-titled EP released this past summer, the work wowed me in it’s potential for Koryn Hawthorne as a fresh-faced, fun-sounding gospel artist. While the EP is only 4 tracks long, every song shows a different side of Hawthorne’s range. “Speak The Name,” is a euphoric classic worship track, while “Reasons” shows a salty, contemporary groove that could easily top the Billboard R&B charts. The rarity of modern gospel making it mainstream is a long jump, however Hawthorne possesses something stronger than her sound, her voice or even her convicting message; and that is her youth. The 20-year old songstress hailing from Louisiana has a confidence, and clean swagger that is just a soulful as it is energetic. With guidance from gospel’s upper echelon like Kirk Franklin or Mary Mary, Hawthorne could take Gospel to new heights.

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