Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman has described Eddie Wakes as a new evocative voice. He enjoys a rare and distinct authenticity as a singer, setting him apart from most in the contemporary music landscape.
Born the 8th of 9 sons in the Heartland of America, Eddie has a strong Jazz, Classical and Church-centered music heritage! All began at his father’s church. Lionel Hampton, who after hearing the elder Wakes at a Gospel concert, sought him out to join his band and Eddie, it’s said, inherited the haunting essence of his father’s voice!
Eddie began his professional music career after high school, to receptive audiences. His talents have taken him around the world and afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with music luminaries and icons; Music Producer David Foster, Diana Krall, Sarah McLachlan, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, B.B. King, Linda Ronstadt, to name a few. Movie producers have even sought out Eddie’s voice for the soundtracks of their feature films.
Eddie was recently included in a documentary feature film, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark (Universal Group). The film also features interviews with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Harry Belafonte, George Benson, Ralph Carmichael and others. Jon Brewer, the film’s director, said that Eddie’s knowledge of the American Songbook is as profoundly deep and informed as the creators of this singular music. A theatrical, nation-wide release of the film is slated for Fall, 2014.