Eddie Watkins Jr., a New Thought musician-songwriter with Motown roots, returns to RCCSL for a concert co-hosted by The Source in Redlands and the New Thought Music Festival. Buy tickets here: https://eddiewatkinsrccsl.eventbrite.com
“I’m looking forward to the reunion,” Watkins said of the concert that will feature hits of the Motown era. Watkins is primarily a musician of the bass, but also of guitar and piano, and, more recently, a songster of much note.
Watkins grew up in the Motor City a product of tough times amid ghettos. “My music is an expression of all the experiences of my life,” he said. As he grew up in music, he watched Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the Supremes from backstage. By the time he was 17, he won a place in a recording session with the Temptations.
He became one of the most prolific bass players in the music industry, playing with Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, James Brown, Santana, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Diana Ross, Herbie Hancock, Pattie LaBelle, the Pointer Sisters, and Peter Frampton and more. Now living in Florida, Watkins' focus changed a bit when he became involved in Religious Science. "Songs woke me up, pouring out of me," Watkins says of his relationship with the New Thought concept of his spiritual group's teachings.
His new music bases its principles on a synthesis of spiritual wisdom from Buddha, Jesus Christ and Confucius. “It’s self-empowering, uplifting and positive,” he said. “It’s not exclusive, more universal.”