In 1979, the first Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar was held in San Francisco, California. The Seminar was developed as an outgrowth of the professional success of Edwin Hawkins as the composer of “Oh Happy Day!” the largest selling gospel recording in the history of the music industry.

Having toured the world, Edwin became acutely aware of the lack of valid information on the history and development of Black religious music, especially modern day contemporary gospel, and its place as an art form.

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