Many who first hear Rivers Hawkins sing say they are surprised by his talent. But those close to the 12-year-old say they are equally amazed by his deep sense of spirituality.
Rivers sings at his church, Sandy Run Lutheran, Columbia, S.C. He also performs at nearby Lutheran Southern Seminary and other area congregations.
"Many are shocked at first because Rivers has an exceptional talent and he is so young," says Robert Hawkins (no relation), professor of worship and music at the seminary. "When I work with Rivers, I have to be careful not to fawn all over him or treat him like he is an oddity."
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