Doug Hanks Music

DOUG HANKS - Singer, Guitarist, Writer, Producer

Doug formed his first band when he was twelve and never looked back!

DOUG HANKS performs in and around the Inland Empire and Orange County, California with The Silverados, a country-rock cover band, The Silverados Unplugged - the acoustic version of the same band, and Sapphire Creek, a pop/folk acoustic duo with Julie Wuertz. Raised on Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, Doug's upbringing 30 miles north of Bakersfield established solid roots in country music.

A veteran of the stage, his 1983 release, "Walking in the Father's Love" received extensive airplay in the U.S. and Canada. It featured Joe English on drums (home from playing with Paul McCartney & Wings). He has also published songs with Maranatha! Music. Doug also leads worship at Hillside Community Church in Alta Loma, CA.

The first Beatles appearance in 1964 on The Ed Sullivan show moved Doug to pick up his dad's guitar, a 1930's Regal, join two friends, and learn 'Gloria' and 'House of the Rising Sun.' Doug started writing songs in junior high school and recorded them on a JC Penney reel to reel tape recorder using a crude form of sound-on-sound to create overdubs. In 1968, he performed with "Prism", a folk group, and in 1971 he formed 'Sunrise,' a vocal group known for their tight harmonies. In the late 70's, Doug toured extensively with 'A New Song' performing in churches, camps, and community concerts.

From the mid-80s to 1999, Doug worked in churches and with churches helping them make transitions from traditional worship services to contemporary worship formats. He was a featured speaker at conferences, and every summer performed at youth conferences and camps. During this time, he published many worship songs.

Doug’s publishing company, Lambs in the Meadow Music (BMI), has published over 50 songs, and his worship music is cleared through CCLI.

Doug has released two CDs more recently - Blue Sky Sliding, a collection of original music, and Sapphire Creek, an acoustic project with Julie.

Doug continues to write and record and play because as Tom Petty said,

"If you’re not getting older, then you’re dead."