Kaz Hawkins (born 21 January 1973) is a Northern Irish blues, folk, jazz and soul singer and songwriter signed to Dixiefrog Records in Paris, France.


Hawkins sang in cover bands for 20 years before she began creating original material.[1]

She has released four studio albums, two EPs (no longer available), and one live album (digital only). She has also released a compilation album exclusively on vinyl.[2] Upon signing with Dixiefrog Records, an anthology of her back catalogue called My Life and I,[3] was released. A seventeen track CD and double vinyl was released in 2022. In 2023 Until We Meet Again was released on Dixiefrog.

Collaborations with other artists have helped her enter other genres. The latest in January 2024 with French soul artist Thomas KAHN in a duet called A Place Like Home on. In December 2023 she featured on Italian duo Superdownhome's song Life Is A Road. In 2019, she featured on French house & funk Dj Eugène de Rastignac's single Won't You Save My Soul released on SPACE PARTY Records. In 2020, On The Little Island was released as a duet with German composer Mathis Richter-Reichhelm (Swimming The Nile), on Early-Bird Records in Germany. This further cemented a songwriting partnership between the two.

In 2017, Hawkins began presenting a blues show on BBC Radio Ulster, called Kaz Hawkins Got The Blues,[4] produced by Ralph McLean. As of 2022, a total of eight series have been recorded by Hawkins for BBC Radio.

Hawkins was invited to Florence Academy of Art in Alabama, to join in a various artists album Something In The Water, to help highlight children not having access to arts in Alabama. The album included one of the original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, David Hood and musicians Clayton Ivey and Will McFarlane - supporting a line up of international artists covering songs recorded in Alabama.[5]

In April 2022, Hawkins was given the honorable title of Godmother of the oldest blues festival in France. Cahors Blues Festival asked her permission in front of gathered press at the launch of the 40th anniversary of the festival.[6] She accepted the honour of 'Marraine du festival'. She joined Grammy Award winning Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Popa Chubby and Kirk Fletcher as festival headliners in July 2022, in the town of Cahors, France.

Hawkins has regularly been invited by the Irish composer and Golden Globe nominee Brian Byrne, to perform in Ireland and Los Angeles on his compositions. She joined an international cast including Fra Fee, Joe Rooney, Adele King, as well as a 70-member choir, and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the launch of the production of Angel of Broadway in Dublin.[7]

In 2017, Hawkins won the trophy at the European Blues Challenge in Horsens, Denmark representing the United Kingdom. It was the first time when the UK Blues Federation had an artist win at the challenge, beating 21 countries.


  • Winner - Best Album for My Life And I - Innocent Award. Berlin, Germany (2022).
  • NI Music Prize nominee in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2022
  • Winner - Northern Ireland Blues Act of the Year - UK Blues Award (2018).
  • Winner - European Blues Challenge in Denmark (2017).[8][9]
  • Semi-finalist - Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge, Memphis (2017).[10][11]
  • Winner - UK Blues Challenge (2016).[12]
  • Winner - Pure M Magazine Awards - Ireland Best Female and Best Video for "This Is Me" (2016).[13]
  • Winner - Barry Middleton Memorial Award for Emerging Artist at the British Blues Awards (2015).[14]


Studio albums

  • Get Ready (2014)[15]
  • Feelin' Good (2017) - Kaz Hawkins Band[16]
  • Feelin' Good (2017)[17] (US Version)
  • Feelin' Good (2018) (reissue)[18]
  • Don't You Know (2017)[19]
  • Until We Meet Again (2023)

Live albums

  • Live at The Park Avenue Feat. Sam York (2018)[20]
  • Live at La Traverse (digital only) (2020)

Compilation albums

  • The Collection on Vinyl (2018)
  • Memories Of (2020)[21]
  • My Life And I (2022 Remastered)[22] Dixiefrog Records[23]


  • "On This Little Island" (2020) - Mathis & Kaz (Earlybird Records, Germany)[24]

Appears on

  • "Shake" (2014) Track 4 on Various – The Best Of 2014 (The blues magazine of Classic Rock[25] later renamed Louder Sound)
  • "Let it Be" (2015) Track 6 on Simon Murphy - Let it Be[26]
  • "Won't You Save My Soul" (2019) Single - Eugene De Rastignac[27]
  • "Something in the Water" (2019) Various Artists - Florence Academy of Fine Arts (FAFA), United States


  1. ^ "Arts Q&A: Kaz Hawkins on Van Morrison, Gladys Knight and her new radio show". Irish News. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Kaz Hawkins". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  3. ^ ""My Life and I", le nouvel album de Kaz Hawkins disponible". Dixiefrog.com. 8 April 2022. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  4. ^ "Kaz Hawkins Got The Blues". BBC Ulster.
  5. ^ "Kaz Hawkins Here For A Reason". Times Daily.
  6. ^ "The Cahors Blues Festival 2022 will send heavy for its 40th anniversary". Medialot, France.
  7. ^ "Birth of a musical - Brian Byrne's Angel of Broadway". Rte.ie. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Kaz Hawkins at the European Blues Challenge, Denmark – Blues Matters Magazine". Blues Matters Magazine. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Kaz Hawkins Brings European Blues Challenge Trophy Back Home – Bluesdoodles". Bluesdoodles.com. 10 April 2017. Archived from the original on 9 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  10. ^ "International Blues Challenge - Blues Foundation". Blues.org. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Kaz Hawkins Rising to The Challenge, Memphis and More – Bluesdoodles". Bluesdoodles.com. 28 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. ^ "2016 UK Blues Challenge The Winner IS….. – Bluesdoodles". Bluesdoodles.com. 15 November 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  13. ^ "2018 Pure M Awards Nominees (Ireland) - PureMzine". Puremzine.com. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Winners and Runners Up the British Blues Awards 2015". British Blues Awards. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Kaz Hawkins – Get Ready!". Discogs. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Kaz Hawkins Band – Feelin' Good". Discogs.com. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Kaz Hawkins – Feelin' Good". Discogs.com. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Kaz Hawkins - Feelin' Good". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  19. ^ "Kaz Hawkins". Discogs.com. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Kaz Hawkins Announces New Live Album". Nova-nn.com. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Kaz Hawkins annonce l'album "Memories Of"". Soulbag.fr. 19 May 2020. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  22. ^ "Blues and soul at the top with Kaz Hawkins, Popa Chubby and Fred Chapellier". La Voix Du Nord. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  23. ^ ""My Life and I", the new Kaz Hawkins album available". Dixiefrog Records. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  24. ^ "Mathis & Kaz". Earlybird-records.de. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  25. ^ "Various – The Best Of 2014". Discogs. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Let It Be". Open.spotify.com. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  27. ^ "Won't You Save My Soul". Open.spotify.com. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2022.

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