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Koryn Hawthorne
Birth name Koryn Mattanah Hawthorne
Born December 26, 1997 (1997-12-26) (age 23)
Abbeville, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Branan Murphy
Lecrae
Natalie Grant

Koryn Mattanah Hawthorne (born December 26, 1997) is an American contemporary Christian music and gospel singer. Hawthorne was a finalist in season 8 of NBC's singing competition The Voice, at the age of 17, as a member on Pharrell Williams's team. After placing fourth on the show, Hawthorne got signed to RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony Music dedicated to gospel music recordings. Her debut studio album, Unstoppable, was released on July 13, 2018, and earned her multiple awards nominations, including two Grammy nominations.

Career

2015: The Voice

Koryn Hawthorne auditioned for the eighth season of The Voice singing Emeli Sandé's "My Kind of Love". Both Christina Aguilera and Williams turned around. Hawthorne chose Aguilera as her coach. In the Battle rounds, Hawthorne faced Vance Smith, where they sang "Love Me Harder", a duet by Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. Hawthorne was chosen over Smith. During the Knockout rounds, she covered "Try" but lost to her opponent Kimberly Nichole. She was then stolen by Williams.

During the Playoffs she sang How Great Thou Art but was not chosen by the public, who could only save two artists from Williams' team. Williams, who could save one of his three remaining artists, chose her. The following week, she sang Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and was saved by public voting. In the Top 10 she performed "Make It Rain" by Foy Vance, reaching the third position on iTunes and debuting at the 84th position on Hot 100. The following week, she covered "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys and was saved by the public.

In the Top 6, Hawthorne showed her rock side covering R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts" and Aerosmith's "Dream On". In the Top 5, after singing U2's "One" and the traditional song, "Oh Mary Don't You Weep", she was, alongside India Carney, in the bottom two. She sang Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy" for her last chance performance, being instantly saved over Carney. In the finale, Hawthorne performed "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown, The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" with coach Williams and also her original song "Bright Fire", written by Williams. She finished in 4th place.

Throughout the competition, Hawthorne's evolution as a singer caught the attention of the coaches. Adam Levine pointed out that never before in the history of The Voice had he seen "such a drastic, incredible, unbelievable journey". Williams compared her drive to succeed to that of Beyoncé. Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza declared May 6, 2015 "Koryn Hawthorne Day" and presented her with the key to the city.

     – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "My Kind of Love" Emeli Sandé March 3, 2015 4/2 Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams turned
Joined Team Christina
Battle Rounds "Love Me Harder" (vs. Vance Smith) Ariana Grande March 17, 2015 9/3 Saved by Coach
Knockout Rounds "Try" (vs. Kimberly Nichole) Pink March 23, 2015 10/6 Defeated
Stolen by Pharrell Williams
Live Playoffs (Top 20) "How Great Thou Art" Christian hymn April 6, 2015 6 Bottom 3
Saved by Pharrell Williams
Live Top 12 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson April 13, 2015 9 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 10 "Make It Rain" Foy Vance April 20, 2015 5 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 8 "Girl on Fire" Alicia Keys April 27, 2015 8 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 6 "Everybody Hurts" R.E.M. May 4, 2015 3 Saved by Public Vote
"Dream On" Aerosmith 9
Live Top 5 (Semi-finals) and Instant Save "One" U2 May 11, 2015 2 Bottom 2
Saved by Instant Save
"Oh Mary Don't You Weep" Traditional 7
"If I Were a Boy" Beyoncé May 12, 2015 2
Live Finale "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" James Brown May 18, 2015 1 4th place
"We Can Work It Out" (with Pharrell Williams) The Beatles 6
"Bright Fire" (Original song) Koryn Hawthorne 10
Non-competition performances
Episode Performers Song
16.4 Team Pharrell
(Caitlin Caporale, Sawyer Fredericks, Koryn Hawthorne, Lowell Oakley, Mia Z)
"Say Something"
19.1 Top 10 "Rocket Man/Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
20.1 Pharrell Williams & his team
(Sawyer Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne)
"I Don't Want to Be"
21.2 Top 8 Girls
(Hannah Kirby, Koryn Hawthorne, Kimberly Nichole, Meghan Linsey, India Carney)
"Wake Me Up"
26.3 Top 3 Girls
(India Carney, Koryn Hawthorne, Meghan Linsey)
"Faithfully"
28.1 The Top 20 "Carry On/Some Nights"
28.4 Kelly Clarkson and Koryn Hawthorne "I'd Rather Go Blind"
28.10 Koryn Hawthorne
(with Caitlin Caporale, India Carney, Lexi Davila, Mia Z and Tonya Boyd-Cannon)
"Uptown Funk"

2016–2017: Record deal and EP release

After finishing in fourth place on The Voice, Hawthorne got signed to RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony Music dedicated to gospel music recordings, and started working on her debut material. In February 2016, she announced via Twitter she would be guest-starring on the fifth season of Mary Mary, that first aired on March 3. On the reality TV show, Hawthorne got to know producer Warryn Campbell, who would later help to produce her original material. On March 6, 2016, the TV show Saints & Sinners, in which Hawthorne recorded the song Saints & Sinners for the original soundtrack, was premiered on Bounce TV. In 2017, Hawthorne collaborated with Christian recording artist Branan Murphy on the single "All the Wrong Things". Following the appearance on Mary Mary, Hawthorne made a guest appearance on OWN's TV show Greenleaf, debuting "Won't He Do It", the lead single from her debut material.

Koryn Hawthorne – EP, a four-track EP, was released on August 11, 2017. Hawthorne's vocals and delivery attracted Grammy Award-winning producers and songwriters Warryn Campbell, Makeba Riddick, Bernie Herms and Joaquin "The Bear" Bynum, who produced and penned her debut material. The EP earned Hawthorne two Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominations for New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year.

2018–2019: Debut album release and Grammy Awards nomination

Koryn's full-length debut, Unstoppable, was released on July 13, 2018 and reached number 1 on the Top Gospel Albums, while the album's lead single, "Won't He Do It", reached number 1 on Billboard's three main gospel charts. Hawthorne is the first woman to top four gospel charts simultaneously in five years as well as the longest number 1 female artist holder on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs Chart.

Alongside Jeremy Camp, Matthew West and Rend Collective, she was one of the attractions of the Christian music's summer concert event Summer Lights Tour, which started on July 12, 2018 in Detroit and ended on July 22, 2018 in Corbin.

On July 26, 2018, Aaron Cole's new single, "Down Like That", in which Koryn is featured, was released.

Later this year, Hawthorne was nominated for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards in two categories: New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year for her debut single "Won't He Do It", and won the latter.

In November 2018, Hawthorne took the stage on Soul Train Awards, performing her hit single "Won't He Do It".

In February 2019, the music video for "Unstoppable" was released, featuring Lecrae.

Koryn Hawthorne received a nomination for Best Gospel Performance/Song ("Won't He Do It") on the 61st Grammy Award. She also received seven Stellar Awards nominations and two NAACP Image Awards nominations, having won one from each award. Later this year, she was nominated for the Billboard Music Awards 2019, in three categories.

In August 2019, Koryn contributed to Overcomer soundtrack with the single "Enough".

Hawthorne was nominated for Best Gospel Performance/Song ("Speak the Name") on the 62nd Grammy Awards, making it her second Grammy nomination.

In December 2019, Koryn's debut single "Won't He Do It" was officially certified Gold.

2020–present: ‘’I AM’’

On July 24, 2020, Koryn released "Pray", the lead single from her second album, which reached number 1 on Billboard's Gospel Digital Song Sales chart. On August 7, the album's second single, "Speak to Me", was released. Hawthorne's album, ‘’I AM’’, was released on September 18, 2020.

For the second year in a row, Koryn Hawthorne was nominated for Billboard Top Gospel Artist category alongside Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Sunday Service Choir and Kanye West.

Koryn was nominated for the Best Gospel/Inspirational Award on BET’s annual Soul Train Awards 2020, competing against long-time artists Bebe Winans, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, PJ Morton and The Clark Sisters.

On February 2021, Hawthorne was nominated for the Best Gospel/Christian Album on NAACP Image Award. Koryn was also nominated for the third year in a row for the Billboard Music Awards 2021, in three categories.

Influences

Hawthorne cites a variety of artists as her main influences and inspirations, including Etta James, Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, among others.

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
Sales
Top Gospel Albums
Unstoppable
  • Released: July 13, 2018
  • Label: RCA Inspiration
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
1
  • US: 100,000
I AM
  • Released: September 18, 2020
  • Label: RCA Inspiration
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
1

TBA

EPs

List of EPs with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
Top Gospel Albums
Koryn Hawthorne – EP
  • Released: August 11, 2017
  • Label: RCA Inspiration
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
19

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Gospel Gospel Digital Gospel Airplay
2017 "Won't He Do It" 1 1 1
  • RIAA: Gold
Unstoppable
"Speak the Name"
(featuring Natalie Grant)
14 3
2019 "Unstoppable" 3 5 5
"Enough" 23 11 Overcomer
(Music from and Inspired by
the Original Motion Picture)
2020 "Pray" 12 1 I AM
"Speak to Me" 1 1 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of singles as lead artist with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Hot Christian Songs Gospel Digital
2020 "How Great" 41 I AM
"Know You"
(featuring Steffany Gretzinger)
10

Promotional singles

Year Título Album
2018 "Down Goes Rome" Unstoppable

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Hot Christian Songs Christian Airplay Songs Gospel Digital
2017 "All The Wrong Things"
(Branan Murphy featuring Koryn Hawthorne)
46 32 Who Am I?
2018 "Down Like That"
(Aaron Cole featuring Koryn Hawthorne)
Cole Season (Playlist)
2021 "We All Need Jesus"
(Danny Gokey featuring Koryn Hawthorne)
3 TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Releases from The Voice

Albums
Title Details Peak
positions
US
The Voice: The Complete
Season 8 Collection
  • Released: May 19, 2015
  • Label: Republic Records
  • Formats: Digital download
85
Competition singles
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Hot R&B Songs R&B Digital Songs Hot Gospel Songs Christian Digital Songs Hot Christian Songs
2015 "My Kind of Love" The Voice: The Complete
Season 8 Collection
"Try"
"How Great Thou Art" 1
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
"Make It Rain" 84 22
"Girl on Fire"
"Everybody Hurts"
"Dream On"
"One"
"Oh Mary Don't You Weep" 1 8
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World" 15
"Bright Fire (Original song)" 12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards and nominations

Billboard Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2019 Koryn Hawthorne Nominated
Unstoppable Top Gospel Album Nominated
"Won't He Do It" Top Gospel Song Won
2020 Koryn Hawthorne Top Gospel Artist Nominated
2021 Koryn Hawthorne Top Gospel Artist Nominated
I AM Top Gospel Album Nominated
"Speak to Me" Top Gospel Song Nominated

GMA Dove Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2018 Koryn Hawthorne New Artist of the Nominated
"Won't He Do It" Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year Won
2019 Koryn Hawthorne Gospel Artist of the Year Nominated
"Won't He Do It" Song of the Year Nominated
"Unstoppable" Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year Nominated
Unstoppable Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year Won

Grammy Award

Year Nominated work Award Result
2019 "Won't He Do It" Best Gospel Performance/Song Nominated
2020 "Speak the Name" Best Gospel Performance/Song Nominated

NAACP Image Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2019 Koryn Hawthorne Outstanding New Artist Nominated
Unstoppable Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) Won
2021 I AM Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album Nominated

GMA Dove Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2020 Koryn Hawthorne Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Nominated

Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2018 Koryn Hawthorne New Artist of the Year Nominated
Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2019 Artist of the Year Nominated
Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Producer of the Year Nominated
Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
"Won't He Do It" Song of the Year Nominated
Music Video of the Year Won
Unstoppable Contemporary CD of the Year Nominated

Soul Train Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2020 Koryn Hawthorne Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Nominated
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