In a heartbreaking turn of events, the gospel music community is reeling from the sudden and tragic death of California-born singer Myiia “Sunny” Hawkins, a beloved figure known not only for her angelic voice but her unwavering Also known for support. husband, Pastor Jamie Hawkins; On Tuesday evening, September 5, 2023, the world lost a shining star whose legacy transcended both musical and religious realms.
Sunny Hawkins’s journey into the realm of music began at a tender age, where her love for singing and performing blossomed. With relentless dedication, she fine-tuned her craft, mesmerizing audiences with her captivating voice, and swiftly earning recognition for her remarkable talents.
The pinnacle of Sunny’s musical career came when she ventured into gospel music, a genre that resonated profoundly with her spiritual convictions. It was through this passion that she crossed paths with Pastor Jamie Hawkins, a towering figure in the world of ministry and gospel music. Their union marked the birth of a dynamic duo, harnessing their collective talents to uplift and inspire countless souls.
The couple embarked on a groundbreaking musical endeavor in 2004, setting out to craft a contemporary gospel album that seamlessly melded elements of rock, hip-hop, soul, and traditional gospel sounds. Their collaborative efforts were nothing short of extraordinary.
Even as a teenager, Sunny’s talent shone brightly, winning her supporting vocal roles alongside luminaries such as Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Deborah Cox, Ray Charles, and Patti LaBelle. She even graced the Broadway stage, starring in the iconic musical “Rent” alongside Joey Fatone of *NSYNC. Sunny also honed her songwriting skills, penning notable hits like “Good Lovin” for Patti LaBelle’s 2004 album “Timeless Journey” and “The Only Thing Missin” for Aretha Franklin in 2003.
We are devastated to pass on the news that singer extraordinaire Sunny Hawkins has died after a valiant battle with cancer. https://t.co/nKdyhvPI6d pic.twitter.com/7O3JKS3Nit
— soultracks (@soultrackscom) September 5, 2023
Tragically, the vibrant life of this noted gospel singer and composer was cut short on that sorrowful September evening. Reports indicate that Sunny Hawkins valiantly battled Stage IV breast cancer for over three years, a battle she fought with immense courage and grace.
The news of her untimely passing was first confirmed by Antonique Smith, a close friend and colleague who penned a heartfelt tribute. Smith expressed,
“RIP to my soul’s twin 💔 Myiia “Sunny” Hawkins. 😭 We bonded so quickly back in RENT in 2002 because we were very much the same person. We understood each other in ways no one else did and we never had to explain ourselves to each other cause we were the same. My soulmate sister. My mind is completely rejecting the you’re gone. I can’t believe it. Honestly, I’m mad that God didn’t heal you. But I know you’re happy up there. And I know you’re still here with me in spirit… Heaven just got a lot doper and the music up there just got a lot sweeter. Sang sis. I know you and Aretha are singing down!!!!! I will keep my eyes on your babies. I love you Myra. Love, Nella. ❤️❤️❤️💔💔💔💔”
Sunny Hawkins leaves behind a legacy that transcends the circumstances of her passing. She touched countless lives with her talent, grace, and unwavering devotion to her beliefs.
In the wake of her untimely departure, friends, family, and loved ones have taken to various social media platforms to confirm her passing and pay their respects. Tyretha Parker, a close friend, remembered Sunny as a “lovely soul” who radiated love for her family and friends. Daryl Norman expressed his sorrow, saying, “It’s a terribly sad day today. Sunny Hawkins, the wife of Pastor Walter Jamie Hawkins, made a transition and entered eternal life. Let’s pray for him, his wife, their six kids, and the whole family. Later on, we’ll comprehend it! RIP Sunny, you are loved.” Tonita Bell, in her statement, praised Sunny’s devotion to faith and family, saying, “The passing of Sis Sunny Hawkins, the wife of Pastor Walter Jamie Hawkins, has left our hearts terribly crushed. I admire the way you gave your family your all-out love, care, and support. You were there for them regardless of how you were feeling.”
The unexpected loss of California-born singer Maiia “Sunny” Hawkins has left an irreplaceable void in the hearts of those who knew her. Sunny’s legacy lives on through her music, her unwavering faith, and the love she shared with her husband, Pastor Jamie Hawkins. Her life serves as a testament to the transformative power of music, faith, and love.