RK Dawkins Bio
RK Dawkins produced, engineered and mixed other artists' R&B and hip-hop projects for 20 years in the Detroit area. Originally a rhythm guitarist, RK evolved into a full-fledged producer of various genres, even writing and producing radio and TV commercials from the late '80s to 2006. After working with artists such as rappers MC Breed, Awesome Dre, Dangerous D and Aduo, blues artist Larry McCray, Detroit vocalist Jeannie Lyles, and producers Gary Spaniola (Ready for the World, Insane Clown Posse) and MC Burton III (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Dawkins walked away from the music business in 2006. He then moved to Atlanta to concentrate on his law career, which had also begun in 1986.
Retiring from the practice of law in 2016, RK designed and built a new recording studio, his third over the years. He immediately began work on his new CD Journey, releasing it in July 2017. RK composed, produced and performed all instruments on the project. He also mixed and mastered the album at Csound Music. Early previewers of the project have used a number of wonderful superlatives to describe Journey, however, the proof is in the listening (Here). The album is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify, cdBaby, Tidal and most other music services around the world.
RK also does cinematic scoring, having recently finished working on the pilot of Black Rose, a television drama by director Harry Davis (Joy Road), which is still in the development stages. He also recently began scoring a documentary, Fast Dreams, also by Davis - a profile of the life and career of Olympic gold medalist Bianca Knight.
Don Q Bio
Donald Wilson, better known as Don Q, was born in the late 1960s in Chicago, Illinois. Early into his career, he worked as a keyboardist for various local bands in Saginaw, MI. Don Q also served as a producer for R&B and Hip Hop acts Lamont Dozier, Dezi Philips, UbeU, The Dayton Family, Mack the Jacka, and Bone.
Early Years and Background
Don Q was born Donald Jerome Wilson in Chicago, Illinois in 1968. He took a liking to music as a child listening to his mom and dad’s album collections and local DJ, Dave Rosas, on Saginaw's FM 107. As a teen his mother encouraged him to go out and “use the gift” of music. Taking this advice, Don Q entered the Arthur Hill High School talent show with his group R.A.P. Connection and won first place. Rapper Fred Harvey began calling him by the name Don Q and it stuck. He also caught the attention of Detroit recording artist and musician Rae Starr. Don Q then became the keyboardist for Rae Starr, and future CBS/Tabu artist Dezi Philips. Dezi was soon signed by Clarence Avant and took Don Q with him. The two began writing and producing songs at United Sound Studios in Detroit where Aretha Franklin, George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, Johnny Taylor, The Dramatics, and many other artists were produced by Don Davis. Don Q got linked in with Ready For The World producer Bernard Terry during the recording of their Kickin’ It album. Don Q became part of Bernard’s Silver Sun production crew, where he took on the roles of writer, producer and background vocalist.
Becoming a Producer
Soon Don Q was branching out, utilizing the skills that he learned from Bernard Terry, Don Davis, and Funkadelic bass player Lidge Curry. Don Q became known for fusing a large Phil Spector-like tapestry of sound with Stevie Wonder funk and hip-hop. His first notable project began with UbeU. A group signed to Capital records that included Gee Pierce and Don Q. The first single was “I Want You.” In collaborations arranged by mentor Dave Rosas, Don Q worked with legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier on “Reflections Of” and The Dayton Family on the “Return To Dayton Ave.” CD.
Alchemy Music Group
In 2016, Don Q established his production company, Alchemy Music Group 1. This company is based out of San Antonio, TX and has the focus on bringing the best out of any artist and making an impact on every genre of music (“changing the game”). The current roster is : Big Mike (Geto Boys), Rapaslolyk, Footy G, and Ject Boy.
Don Q wed Christal in 2007. Together they have 3 children. Don Q also has 3 other children from a previous marriage. He also has a BA in Psychology and is currently working on his LCSW in Social Work in the UTSA graduate program.