IV Real is a Kansas City, Missouri based vocal group that was formed in 1988 by Mike Jones & Timothy "T-Hawk" Hawkins who met while working in the Kansas City, MO School District at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. With their positive image and the addition of tenor Artis Smith, the group gained local attention and was featured on several local TV station talk shows and multiple interviews with R&B and POP radio stations. The group has had the privilege of being the opening act for such groups as The Whispers, The Dramatics, KC's own Bloodstone, Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band, Lorenzo and KC's own Lo-Key?. The group also received national attention in 1993 with their first video, "Always". The video was featured on B.E.T.'s Video Souls’ Home-Made Jams Segment where it was featured 3 times in one month. In 1992 the video also had the highest viewership on American Cable Vision’s new show entitled, "Music Showcase". "Always", co-written & produced by Mike Jones and Arthur ”Poetry" Payne, was recorded in Detroit, MI. with overdubs being recorded in Kansas City, MO.
In 1994, tragedy struck the group when founding member Timothy "T-Hawk" Hawkins was found murdered in a local Kansas City park. Mike Jones kept the group together and performed all the way up until 2001. Thereafter, various members ventured out on solo projects while "Mike J" focused on his administrators’ career in K-12 education.
The group won numerous local talent shows in KC and other Midwest venues such as, St. Louis, MO. (Mike Jones's hometown), Chicago, Indiana, and Los Angeles. The group also won an impressive Kan Film Festival Award for the video "Always".
IV Real, the R&B/Soul trio from Kansas City, MO are set to release their single "Always" on Jan 28, 2022. IV Real is made up of singers Artis Smith, Mike Jones & the late Tim Hawkins. The single, a love ballad about everlasting love written by Mike Jones & Arthur "Poetry" Payne, is being released by Kansas City based indie label Dreamin' Out Loud Entertainment.
The music video for "Always" was a winner at the Kan Film Festival.
More information about IV Real and Dreamin' Out Loud Entertainment can be found by visiting the labels' website here...