Jonathan Hawkins is a DC-based career guitarist/singer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger; credits include Nat'l and International tours of Broadway musicals "Mamma Mia!" Farewell Tour," "Flashdance: The Musical", & "Bullets Over Broadway" 1st National Tour. Jonathan has performed, taught, and entertained audiences world-wide, both as backing guitarist and showband guitarist, as well as featured solo billings for Princess Cruise Line. Local credits include composing and performing for DC’s Studio Theatre productions, as well as regionally throughout the Midwest and Northeast as a hired guitarist & multi-instrumentalist (see Shana Smith, Nashville, TN & Tangled Roots, Huntington, WV), or under the solo stage name Little Lawnmowers.
Jonathan also stays busy arranging, composing, and producing music/audio for commission, theatrical productions, and studio albums. Jonathan's work has been featured in DC (and non-local) musicals, cruise-line production shows, adultswim.com games/apps, and a variety of virtual-reality installations hosted in museums nation-wide.
A student of G.E. Smith, Larry Coryell, Roy Book Binder, Tim Miller, and Peter Huttlinger, Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's in Professional Performance on Guitar from Berklee College of Music. A recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award and Berklee Achievement Scholarship, Jonathan's teaching philosophy centers around the idea that the discipline, focus, and confidence gained while breaking down & mastering a skill will enhance one's greater perception of one's own abilities, limitations, and goals, regardless of the learned medium or skill.
Jonathan is the Music Director and designer of the Social Distance Sound System at School of Rock DC Cleveland Park. If you are interested in group lessons, workshops, or collaboration on musical services, music technology, or social distance-oriented audio installations, contact us.
"an impassioned, unconventional cover...Little Lawnmowers’ take on the classic tribute to loneliness is painted in considerably warmer tones, featuring a Latin drum ensemble and lush vocal harmonies."
“Really nice, really beautiful. It’s rare for something this beautiful to have earnest production. Well done.”
"...gorgeous tone and commanding stylings..."
"...a diverse musician ... who is finally pursuing a solo career...Hawkins' solo concerts are based on his impressive ability to play fingerpick-style guitar."