Dawkins & Dawkins Double Down: New Music and Breaking Traditions

The possibility of going into business with a sibling might cause anxiety for many of us. But anxiety is never an emotion evoked by brothers Anson and Eric Dawkins better known as Dawkins & Dawkins, who use their brotherly bond to write, record, and perform some of our favorite music.

For the Davenport, Iowa born brothers, sibling bond is for life. After all, they have supported each other’s early musical endeavors since they were 3 and 4yrs old, learning to harmonize with their mother and play instruments—Anson plays drums and trumpet, and Eric plays the piano. As children they would appear at revivals and churches with their parents—their mother a singer, and their father a Pentecostal preacher—not knowing that God was preparing them to be Dawkins & Dawkins the laid back yet charismatic duo with sick harmony performing on stages in front of thousands and working behind the scenes with some of the best in the business in different aspects of entertainment.

If you are a loyal fan, you are familiar with their timeless work starting in 1993 with the release of the self-titled Dawkins & Dawkins. After, there were seamless releases: Necessary Measures, Focus, and From Now On. It’s something about their music that has an identity that doesn’t change depending on what’s popular. And they don’t make conscious choices to redefine it based on what other people think. Instead, the change is organic and effortless withstanding time.

After a 10-year hiatus, the brothers, who make loving God look cool, doubled down, and caught us up to speed by releasing a series of albums on Legacy Music Group. A multi-volume project entitled Never Gets Old—Love & Light, Vol. 1 and Faith & Favor, Vol. 2. The innovative concept features fan favorites as “In My Feelings,” “I Was Just Thinking,” and “That Love,” while hits like “Still Good,” “Come By Here,” “Trust” and “Already” round out the last leg of the experience. However, the dynamic duo, who was busy creating during the Covid-19 pandemic, has enough music to bless us with two more volumes in 2022.

But this is not where it ends. Just when we thought we had our Dawkins & Dawkins fix, the talented Dove, Stellar and Grammy® nominated artists hit us with their first seven-song Christmas EP to ride out 2021 entitled Never Gets Old: Holiday Volume. A classic timeless jewel, like all their music, with predictions to be an addition to the annual holiday playlist of many homes, the brothers are doing a few things differently this time. They feature Commissioned group member, Mitchell Jones on “Little Things,” and they break the tradition of creating originals by remaking “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” of course with a D & D twist. The EP also offers songs to keep you in the holiday mood like “Imagine Christmas,” “Wonderland” and three more unforgettable gems.

I chatted via zoom with the fun-loving brothers and like most close-knit siblings, the responses were in sync, or they finished each other’s sentences as if the interview was rehearsed. Priceless.

Q. What’s it like to work with your brother?

Eric: The best! He’s probably the easiest business partner I’ve had. We agree and we disagree but it’s always for the betterment for whatever we choose. He’s my best friend, my business partner, and all that.

Anson: It’s great. It’s important that we to get the opportunity to let our kids see us working together and building and having a business together. And not just for our kids but to be an example for others who have siblings. It’s so challenging for me to see siblings that can’t be around each other.

Q. Because you are so close, when you’re on stage performing do you know what the other will do automatically?

Eric: Yes. We’ll do stuff… It’s almost weird but not shocking when it happens. Like a harmony run or something that’s unplanned and we’ll end up keeping it for the next show. In almost 30 years, I can count on one hand how much we’ve rehearsed with each other.

Anson: This time because we’re doing different things and have other people involved, we’re having to rehearse which is out of the ordinary for us. But we have to make sure everyone is in sync.