ABOUT US

Obafemii J.O. Hawk (born March 21) is an Award Winning American/Bahamian International Recording Artist, Songwriter, and Actor. He is better known by his stage name, Obie One B.A.

EARLY YEARS:
Obie One B.A. (meaning Born Again) was born in Miami, Florida but raised as a military child across the world. At the age of 12 Obie found himself spending his formative years in Norfolk, VA. It was at Booker T. Washington High School where he won “Most Talented” in his class and the BTW Talent Show with his best friend Markiss. He would later attend Norfolk State University before transferring to Morehouse College, then to Atlanta Metropolitan College, where he completed his degree in Business. It was not until he moved to Atlanta that he found a stronger love for music. Traveling a road that led him through many of life’s challenges, he began to use his music in a spiritual and inspirational way - opening up to share how his life and music have been changed to glorify his Lord and Savior.

MUSICAL START:
With a resume that stretches back years before his Born Again days, Obie has always been an artist with the unique ability to string words together. After receiving his start in secular music as one half of FreekieTwinnz Ent, Obie One B.A., knew there was more for him to do in music. Even though as a FreekieTwinn he sold thousands of independent CDs, won competitions, received radio play, and obtained recognition from major recording label representatives, he realized it was time for a change. After taking a long break and months after releasing an independent album entitled “These Tracks Lead to a Change,” Obie answered the call on his life by rededicating his life and the messages in his music to Jesus Christ in 2006. That same year, Obie released a CD with longtime friend and former FreekieTwinnz member Markiss titled “God is Doing Something, Get With It.” The CD, under the new name Obie & Markiss, gained them recognition in the Christian arena, which led to a TBN taping in Panama City, Florida. Creating a name for himself as a solo artist since 2007, Obie One B.A. uses his musical influence to spark change in the minds of those that have been through struggles, whether a Christian or not.

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL:
With a calendar of about 200 events a year, Obie One B.A. performs at a number of venues in the Atlanta, Georgia area, showcasing his talent at places such as Sweet Auburn Spring Fest, Bronner Brothers International Hair Show, T.I.’s Club Crucial, MARTA, Griffin Regional Youth Detention Center, North Point Ministries, and his home church The Love Center, just to name a few. Obie One B.A has been to numerous events internationally and nationally such as performing at Dr. Myles Munroe’s Bahamas Faith Ministries “Youth Alive Empowerment Conference” in Nassau, Bahamas, and TBN/JCTV’s Summer Jam Concert. In July 2011, Obie One B.A. was blessed by HeartforAfrica.org to be on a ten day mission trip to Swaziland, South Africa. While in Africa, Obie had the opportunity to share the love of God, give food & clothes, plant gardens, and performed at “Litsemba” meaning hope concert for the natives. 2014 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Taichung invited Obie One B.A. to the country of Taiwan for a two week tour. Performing 8 concerts in different 10 cities all for the love of Christ. 

Obie One B.A. has shared the stage with well-known groups and performers such as Travis Porter, Rich Kids, The Pace Sisters, Canton Jones, Dorothy Norwood, Damita Haddon, Dawin Hobbs, William Murphy, Trina Braxton, and many others. Motivated by his need to make an impact in the music industry, Obie One B.A.’s music breathes messages of hope, love, happiness, peace, and entertainment. Not only is his music positive, but he shares problems, issues, and delves into worldwide struggles. Taking the church to the streets and God to the beats, Obie has a soulful, street, underground, influential, and inspirational vibe throughout his music. In other words, it is real life situations, really meaningful music, and the truth of his testimony through song.
With plans to change the image and message of what the world portrays music to be, Obie One B.A. believes that through staying in and standing on the Lord’s promises, he will be allowed to compete and go just as far – if not farther than – any other hip-hop artist that projects negative images. Sharing a message that is God-given, Obie One B.A. looks forward to being an award-winning, album selling, spiritually motivating, soul saving, and life changing artist.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION:

Traveled to the country of Taiwan for 2 week concert Tour. (2014)

Nominated for "2014's C4C Male Holy Hip Hop Artist of the Year" on Crunk For Christ.
Nominated for "2013's Hottest Caribbean Artist" on Atl's Hottest Entertainment Awards.
Nominated for "2013's Hottest Holy Hip-Hop Artist" on Atl's Hottest Gospel Awards.
Nominated for "2012's Hottest Inspirational Artist" on Atl's Hottest Entertainment Awards.
Featured In MARTA's Transit Times September Issue

Traveled to Swaziland, South Africa with HeartForAfrica.org (Litsemba 2011 Concert)

"Best Holy Hip Hop” Nominee” (Top 3 Finalist) Gospel Choice Awards 2010
Performed for TBN/JCTV Summer Jam 2k10 Concert in Decatur, Ga
2010 Golden Image Award- "Seasoned Artist of the Year" PD Flanagan Int'l Student Ministries'
Performed/Hosted at the 2010-2013 Bronner Brothers Hair Shows VIP Lounge
2009 Artist of the Year Award Recipient Resa Mitchell Gospel Report Awards
"Best Holy Hip Hop” Nominee” (Top 3 Finalist) Gospel Choice Awards 2009
“Best Male Artist" Nominee YGEA (Youth Gospel Entertainment & Arts) Awards 2009
"Male Rap Artist" Nominee Resa Mitchell Report Awards 2009

Performed at Dr.Myles Munroe's "Youth Alive 2009" Conference in Nassau,Bahamas

Featured Article on Examiner.com Oct 2009 by: East Atlanta Village Nightlife Examiner
Featured in Zoe Life Magazine (Emerging Artist Spotlight) Mar 2009
Performed for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc 13th Annual Youth Symposium (Atl)
Real Talk Tour 2008 (Lake Charles, La) w/ Byron L. Broussard & Go2

Performed for "Praise the Lord" TBN Taping in Panama City, FL 2006