Janiro Hawkins

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December 3, 2008
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Southern Entertainment Awards


Nashville , TN

Janiro Hawkins II 


With Janiro, you don’t have to wonder.   You don’t have to wonder what he’s passionate about (music, artistry, community).  You don’t have to wonder where you stand with him (“I’m about addressing issues that need to be addressed for the next person.”).  And, you don’t have to wonder if you’re going to be dealing with someone who doesn’t say what he means and means what he says.   


Although Janiro’s the co-founder/event coordinator/ sponsorships and public relations director for the Southern Entertainment Awards and the marketing director for Platinum Bound, one of Nashville’s premier hip-hop record shops, ask around.  He’s not too busy to return a phone call, an email or listen to a concern and/or complaint.  It doesn’t matter the position you have or title you hold.  To him, everything is about seeing the potential in others; about turning a possibility into a genuine opportunity. 


Just one glance at his credentials and you will know that Janiro is a part of the entertainment industry.  But while others look at the field as a chance to put the spotlight on them, he has a different perspective. “I try to be known as a person who is approachable and who others are able to get in touch with,” says Janiro.  “It will always be that way. People know that they can come to me straight up about anything.  See, I'm not an artist, producer, A&R, manager or DJ, so what those individuals feel like they can’t say, I can.  Most importantly, when I speak on various issues, I try to help provide a resolution as well.” 


As they say, if you’re not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.  When it comes to solving “the problem” of there being limited platforms for urban independent and upcoming artists, Janiro has used his connections and expertise to provide as many as possible.  Since relocating to Nashville, TN from Flint, MI almost 20 years ago, he has worked diligently to provide avenues for independent artists, especially independent artists in the South, to be heard.  Artists like Tennessee’s own JC and Dysko along with other southern-based performers including Sparkdawg, 4ize, Soundchild Crew and GEA have all credited him with significantly assisting them with their music careers.  In 2006, he co-produced Southern Entertainment Awards Presents: A New Generation Salutes Ray Charles at the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with co-publishing the quarterly publication, SEA Magazine.  Aside from the SEA Awards and magazine, currently he is also working on assisting with projects like the Get ‘Em Magazine Music Awards and the Tennessee Music Conference & Hip Hop Awards.  He is also a Tennessee representative for Ozone Magazine. 


How does he find the time?  What is his motivation? 


“Many people enjoy music and appreciate it,” says Janiro, “but there’s a difference between loving it and then being able dig deep and be involved in it 24/7.  I love what I do because I was able to create something that others appreciate and at the same time satisfy my desire to create a change from the norm in this music business…. 


I want people who are out there making music to continue to make music. So many times very talented people stop because they feel that what they're doing is not appreciated.  So with the platform I have helped create, some of those who at one time would have stopped now continue on.  I hope that I am helping to change the way people do business…or at least help to set a new standard.” 



For more information on the services that Janiro Hawkins II provides or to reach him for an interview contact [email protected].


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August 24, 2012 - 1:55 pm, said…

Hello Dear,
My name is Vivian,
i saw your profile today and became interested in you,i will also like to know you the more,and i want you to send an email to my email address ([email protected]) so i can give you my picture for you to know whom i am.Here is my email address i believe we can move from here! (Remember the distance or co lour does age not matter but love matters allot in life)

I will be happy to seeing a good responds from you
Thanks and remain blessed.
Yours in love Vivian,

May 17, 2012 - 7:51 pm, said…

 Hello My Dear,

how are you today i hope that every things is ok with you as it is my Grace pleassure to contact you in having communication with you, please i wish you will have the same desire with me so that we can get to know each other better and see what will happened in future.i will be very happy if you can write through my email for easiest communication and to know all about each other, and also give you my pictures and details about me, here is my email ([email protected]) i will be waiting to hear from you as i wish you all the best for your
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January 29, 2009 - 4:10 pm, Freddie B said…
i feel u brother.. u can do it diddy of the city! lol

January 29, 2009 - 6:39 am, Vanessa Smith said…
Janiro, thanks for the add. Question-is independent urban music scene code for neo-soul? At any rate, you definitely have my support. Take care.

January 29, 2009 - 2:59 am, KAREN L. GRAY said…
Janiro, Where were you this past weekend?!!!

January 28, 2009 - 12:51 pm, said…
keep up the good work chief

January 27, 2009 - 10:21 am, Freddie B said…
Son, u shouda been at the ski trip...

January 10, 2009 - 12:03 pm, said…
Keep up the good work.

January 9, 2009 - 7:15 am, Vanessa Smith said…
Wow! You're doing it. Love it. A trip to Tunica is in order. Peace.

December 18, 2008 - 9:12 pm, said…
Congrats on the success of the SEA! Maybe I can be in attendance at the next show. XOXO

December 14, 2008 - 10:26 am, Robbin Holmes said…
Welcome to the Network!

December 5, 2008 - 7:39 am, Camela Douglass, M.S. ED. said…
Welcome to UP! One mover and shaker to another.

December 4, 2008 - 8:04 am, said…
Hey, how's it goin'? Seems like over the past few years the SEAs have really become a big thing. It nice to see it being as successful as it is.


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