Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Walter Hawkins & The Love Center Choir- I'm Not The Same (with lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents a sound file of Walter Hawkins & The Love Center Choir singing the Gospel song "I'm Not The Same". The lyrics to that song are also included in this post as is a video of that choir's rendition of another version of that song. Information about Walter Hawkins is also included in this post.

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"Walter Hawkins (May 18, 1949 – July 11, 2010) was an American gospel music singer, and a pastor. Hawkins was consecrated to the bishopic in 1992...
Hawkins was the brother of Edwin Hawkins, Daniel Hawkins (Marcia), Feddie Hawkins Smith, Carol Hawkins Kemp and Lynette Hawkins-Stephens. Bishop Hawkins was married to Tramaine Hawkins, they had two children...

Bishop Hawkins started his career in one of his brother's chorales, "The Northern California State Youth Choir" of the Church of God in Christ. Later, he accompanied his brother Edwin and founded The Edwin Hawkins Singers. This collaborative effort produced the hit song "Oh Happy Day", which became one of the first gospel songs to cross over onto mainstream music charts.[citation needed]

Walter Hawkins left The Edwin Hawkins Singers in the early 1970s to establish the Love Center Church in Oakland, California. He and his Love Center Choir had considerable success with their "Love Alive" series of recordings, which sold well over a million copies from the 1970s through the 1990s. "Love Alive IV", released in 1990, was No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Album charts, where it stayed for 33 weeks. In all, Walter Hawkins produced and/or collaborated on 116 hit songs which were listed on the Billboard Gospel Music charts."


I'm Not the Same - Walter Hawkins.wmv

Justin Lawrence, Uploaded on Apr 21, 2010
The soloist is Lynette Hawkins, Walter Hawkins' sister.

(Walter Hawkins)

Choir- I'm not the same.
Everything has changed
Because of Christ.

Lead - I came to Christ
Just as I was.
I was lost,
Deep in sin.
I had no peace of God within.
And now I'm not the same
Because everything has changed
Because of Christ.

Lead & Choir overlapping-Somebody said,
Somebody said they told me
They said that I couldn't make it.
Somebody said,
Somebody said they told me
They said that I couldn't take it.
Oh, I’m not the same.
I’m not the same.
Everything, oh, everything has changed
Because of Christ.

Lead – Every since that day
Lead & Choir overlapping -I’m not the same etc...

SHOWCASE VIDEO - Walter Hawkins & The Love Center Choir - I'm Not The Same

LoveForSure82, Uploaded on Oct 16, 2010

Love Alive V.
I have to say, I like the original version better.


Thanks to Walter Hawkins for his musical legacy. Thanks to soloist Lynette Hawkins and to the other members of this choir. My thanks also to the producers of this sound file and this video and to their publishers on YouTube.

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  1. Even now as most songs written under the power and influence of the Holy Ghost is moving from heart to heart and soul to soul. The arrangement is inclusive of all who have had that personal transformation of Christ in their hearts and lives.

    We are thankful for the message, the messenger, and the lasting anointing on this rendition.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Kimetta!

      I appreciate it.