Koryn Mattanah Hawthorne is an American contemporary Christian music and gospel singer. She was a finalist in season 8 of NBC’s singing competition The Voice, at the age of 17, as a top member on Pharrell William’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.
Awards and Nominations
Billboard Music Awards 2019
Top Gospel Artist
Top Gospel Album
Top Gospel Song
“Wont He Do It”
Best Gospel Performance/Song 2019/2020
NAACP Image Award
Outstanding New Artist
Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
I first heard of Koryn Hawthorn while binge watching one of my favorite tv shows Greenleaf, a TV drama series that centers upon the chaotic world of the Greenleaf family with scandalous secrets and lies, and their sprawling Memphis megachurch. There was a scene at the church when they were having youth worship service and she and another character got up on stage and sang her Grammy nominated song “Wont He Do It”. I immediately became a fan.
On The Rise!
I chose to do this page on Koryn Hawthorn because she really speaks to me as a artist. I love music that tells personal and meaningful messages. Also songs that are just very well written lyrically. Her music is the perfect combination of gospel and contemporary pop. Its a genre that has already begun to bridge the gap between gospel and hip hop amongst others.