For the past 50 years, Bill Boykins has been on the radio airways and most of that has been involved in Gospel music. “The Godfather of Gospel,” as he is affectionately known, has worked with or interviewed most of the Gospel artists who came through this area. Boykins has also promoted numerous Gospel concerts himself.
Brother Boykins was born in Suffolk, VA and attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was inducted into the Army before he finished. Later he attended Norfolk State College.
Bill Boykins first got into radio at a small, Country music radio station in Franklin, VA, WYSR. Since then he has worked at WLPM, WRAP, WPCE, WBSK, WMYK, WSVY, and WGPL FM 107.7. More recently at WGPL AM 1600.
Bill Boykins has achieved recognition and been awarded numerous awards, including, the Legendary Pioneer Award in Radio, awarded by the Virginia Announcer Guild. He is also on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina, South Carolina and Southern Virginia Gospel Announcers Guild of the GMWA.
Hope Askew began her music career outside the church. She began singing music at age 15 with high hopes and aspirations. Her gift took her overseas, which eventually led to a CD single release in Germany.
She is once again based in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area where she attends church at Second Calvary in Norfolk, Virginia She has shared the stage with Pastor Andrae Crouch, Marvin Sapp, Ty Tribbett, Fred Hammond, J. Moss, and Donald Lawrence and Tri-City, to name a few.
She has appeared on - Bobby Jones Gospel (Florida) 2007 -- Singsation (Chicago) 2007 - Cover of Gospel USA Magazine - Oct 2007 -
She was an undefeated Apollo Winner (New York), and Coordinator for GAG (Virginia Chapter) Music Awards Ceremony
Hope Askew was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2nd Annual En Sound Music Awards, a category which also featured Ann Nesby and Shirley Murdock.
“When I sing, I make it a point to take my time and effectively minister each lyrical word to ensure the audience understands my message.” --Hope Askew--
Hope Askew performs.