Key Element Entertainment, LLC (KE) is an all-‐inclusive company that strives to help encourage, develop and guide the careers of both established and developing artists and musicians. Key Element works with a network of qualified experts in their respective fields, who together offer customized services for each individual. We believe that the “key element” to success is efficient preparation. From all aspects of live shows, in-‐studio production to artist development and music education, our main goal is to provide everything an artist or musician needs to navigate a successful, enduring career.
Erskine Hawkins, founder and CEO of Key Element Entertainment, has spent years working and touring with a broad range of national artists around the globe as a music director, keyboardist and producer. As a graduate of the prestigious music program at the University of North Texas and the only African-‐ American graduate to earn an undergraduate degree in Jazz Piano (and minor in music theory), Hawkins proves to be one of the most skilled and sought after music directors in the industry today. Having been the music director for Grammy Award winning R&B Diva Chrisette Michelle to currently working with Disney and Universal Records’ pop princess Zendaya, Hawkins is no stranger to versatility amongst genres and creativity. He also served as one of the music directors in the music ministry at The Potter’s House led by legendary Bishop T.D. Jakes. Hawkins has toured as a keyboardist with Rihanna, Eminem, Kenneth "BabyFace" Edmonds, David Foster, Jessie J, Kirk Whalum, B.W.B, Tamela Mann, and Eric Benet to name a few. He has also charted, scored and arranged music for such artists as Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj and several award shows such as the American Music Awards, TV Land Awards, Soul Train Awards, and BET Music Awards. Not only his talent but also his humble, down-‐to-‐ earth spirit captured the attention of leading music industry manufacturers, Yamaha Entertainment Group and 64 Ears, so much so that he is now an endorsed musician under both renowned companies. Its not only his undeniable ear and talent that set him apart from other music directors, but its his ability to effectively communicate and unpresumptuously maneuver through all facets of the music industry that make Erskine Hawkins a name you won’t forget.