Rocked to sleep as a child to Stevie Wonder, Dechen Hawk's music ranges from beautiful ballads to serious backbeat funk. Hawk's sound is a refreshing new addition to the neo-soul movement. Though music is his whole life, it was the death of Hawk's father when Hawk was 14 and the search for a way to express that loss, a time of grief and musical exploration with Jeff Buckley as its lodestar, that led Hawk to his calling as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Hawk's desire to create and express the joy and fragility of life has kept him busy for the past 22 years of performing locally and internationally, during which he has shared billings with such legends as Martin Sexton, Bruce Hornsby, Leon Russell, and the Fun Lovin' Criminals, as well as sharing the stage with members of the Motet, Big Gigantic, Juno What?!, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, the New Mastersounds, Euforquestra, Analog Son, The Pimps of Joytime, Punch Drunk Munky Funk, Ty Burhoe, and Ron Miles.
During this time Hawk has written hundreds of songs, released six albums, been in numerous bands, and played the role of talent buyer for various venues. His most recent full-length album is 2012's "Soul Sessions," and a new single "I Want You" was released just this year. A 2009 graduate of Naropa University, Hawk studied with Bill Douglas, Art Lande and Janet Feder.