Homegrown Hitmaker Went to Buchtel

Honoring Howard Hewitt Saturday
Posted on 09/30/2021
Image of Howard HewittAkron City Council President Margo Sommerville has announced that the City of Akron will be honoring platinum-selling singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Howard Hewett by dedicating Cadillac Boulevard as Howard Hewett Jr. Way. Hewett will be honored Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Buchtel CLC during half-time of the football game between Hewett’s alma mater, Buchtel, and East CLC.

Hewett was born and raised in Akron and lived on Cadillac Boulevard near Buchtel. Howard started on his road to stardom as a child singing gospel with his older sisters in the Hewett Singers Akron. As a teenager, he moved seamlessly from Gospel to R&B, continuing to perfect his craft as a member of the LYFE Band. Hewett rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the Grammy winning R&B/soul vocal group Shalamar. After leaving the group, he embarked upon a successful solo career and is known for classic solo hits like “Say Amen,” “Stay” and “I’m For Real."

Sommerville said, “During these challenging times, it is an honor to celebrate one of Akron’s own. Music is a universal language that brings people together, and we need that togetherness now more than ever.”

“The talent, spirit and innovation that comes from Akron and its people never ceases to amaze me. I’m honored to celebrate Howard Hewett in this way and thank him for his artistic accomplishments, adding to the legacy of this great city,” added Mayor Dan Horrigan.
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