Oakland, California-born singer Sunny Hawkins was performing almost from the time she could work, beginning at age 2 at Love Center Ministries in Oakland, California with her godparents, gospel legends Walter and Tramaine Hawkins. She continued performing through her teen years, ultimately singing around the country in various venues. As a young adult, she landed a lead role in the Broadway musical Rent with *NSYNC's Joey Fatone, and backing vocal gigs with Chaka Khan, Deborah Cox, Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle and Luther Vandross. She also developed strong songwriting skills, penning Aretha Franklin's 2003 hit "The Only Thing Missin," and "Good Lovin" from Patti LaBelle's 2004 album, Timeless Journey. She married hot young producer/writer/musical director Jamie Hawkins (Jodeci, MC Hammer, Donnell Jones, Boyz II Men, Lauren Hill), who was also Walter and Tramaine's son.
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