Justin David Hawkins is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist of the Darkness. Hawkins left the Darkness in October 2006, citing drug and alcohol problems as the reason. He was also the lead Singer and guitarist for the band Hot Leg, formed in 2008, and now on hiatus.
About Justin Hawkins in brief
Justin David Hawkins is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist of the Darkness. Hawkins is noted for his falsetto singing voice and on-stage persona. He was also the lead Singer and guitarist for the band Hot Leg, formed in 2008, and now on hiatus. Hawkins left the Darkness in October 2006, citing drug and alcohol problems as the reason. In 2011, Hawkins placed at number 35 on Spin’s list of the greatest frontmen of all time. The band reunited in 2012 and toured Europe, Asia and North America in support of their new album, Last Of Our Kind. They returned in 2017 with their first album in over a decade, Smile Smile Smile. They then released their first new album in five years, The Cakes, in November 2017. They have since toured Europe and Asia. Hawkins has also played in the band Pinewood Smile. He has also appeared in the music video for the song ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’, which was released in May 2013. He also appeared as a guest star in the Band Aid 20 music video, singing a number of lines. Hawkins was also a member of the band The Kinks, which played at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
He currently lives in Suffolk with his wife and two children. He and his family live in Suffolk and work in a pub called The Shuck, near Blythburgh, Suffolk, where he used to live and work as a carpenter. Hawkins also has a successful solo career, having played in several bands and appeared in several films and TV shows, including The X Factor, The X-Factor and The Voice, and the X-Men and The Walking Dead. He recently released his first solo album, One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back, which was produced by Roy Thomas Baker, bestknown for his work with Queen. The album was released on 28 November 2005, to somewhat mixed reviews. It went on to achieve platinum status, in stark contrast to their debut’s five times platinum status. Hawkins won an eBay auction for a copy of One Way ticket to Hell.. and Back for £350 under the username ‘turbogunhawk’ in October 2005. He claimed he did this so that he could track down whoever sold the digitally-marked advance copy of the album and try to prevent it from happening again.