Kaz Hawkins
Kaz Hawkins at Bill's Bar & Lounge, Boston, MA, 3 December 2014
Kaz Hawkins at Bill's Bar & Lounge, Boston, MA, 3 December 2014
Background information
Birth nameKaz Hawkins
Born1973 (age 48–49)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
GenresBlues, soul, folk
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, radio presenter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
LabelsDixiefrog Records
Websitekazhawkins.com Edit this at Wikidata

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

Early life

Hawkins was born and grew up in Belfast but now lives in France. She enjoyed singing at church, and was influenced by her grandmother singing at home. In her youth, she auditioned for the television show Opportunity Knocks where the musical director told her grandmother to let her listen to Etta James. Her love affair of soul music began here.

Career

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), one live album (digital only) and a compilation album exclusively on vinyl.[2]

In 2017, she began presenting a blues show on BBC Radio Ulster, „Kaz Hawkins Got The Blues“.[3] produced by Ralph McLean.

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.[4]

In April 2022, Hawkins was given the honourable 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.[5] She accepted the honour of ‚Marraine du festival“ and will represent them going forward. She will join Grammy Award winning Christone „Kingfish“ Ingram, Popa Chubby and Kirk Fletcher as festival headliners in July 2022, in the town of Cahors, France.

Awards

Hawkins won the 2018 for Northern Ireland Blues Act of the Year at the UK Blues Awards and she was a Nominee in 4 Categories – Female Vocalist/Songwriter/Personality and Northern Ireland Blues Act of the Year. She was the most played artist of 2017 IBBA and was the first UK act to win at the EBU (European Blues Challenge) in Denmark in 2017.[6][7] She was a Semi-Finalist in The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge, Memphis, 2017[8][9]

Hawkins won the Album Of The Year award in the 2016 IBBA CHARTS (International Blues Broadcasters Association)[10]

Winner – Third UK Blues Challenge 2016 (representing UK in Memphis & Denmark)[11]

She was runner up in the British Blues Awards for Female Vocalist 2016,[12] winner at the Pure M Awards for Best Video 2016 for „This Is Me“.[13] In 2015, she received the Barry Middleton Memorial Award for Emerging Artist at the British Blues Awards.[14] The same year, she won all Ireland Best Female at the Pure M Awards in a triple win of awards[15] She has also been a nominee in the NI Music Prize in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Discography

Studio albums

  • Get Ready (2014)[16]
  • Feelin‘ Good (2017) - Kaz Hawkins Band[17]
  • Feelin‘ Good (2017)[18] (US Version)
  • Feelin‘ Good (2018) (reissue)[19]
  • Don’t You Know (2017)[20]

Live albums

  • Live at The Park Avenue Feat. Sam York (2018)[21]
  • Live at La Traverse (digital only) (2020)

Compilation albums

  • The Collection on Vinyl (2018)
  • Memories Of (2020)[22]
  • My Life And I (2022 Remastered)[23] Dixiefrog Records[24]

Singles

  • „Better Days“ (2013) (no longer available)
  • „On This Little Island“ (2020) - Mathis & Kaz (Earlybird Records, Germany)[25]

Appears on

  • „Shake“ (2014) Track 4 on Various – The Best Of 2014 (The blues magazine of Classic Rock[26] later renamed Louder Sound)
  • „Let it Be“ (2015) Track 6 on Simon Murphy - Let it Be[27]
  • „Won’t You Save My Soul“ (2019) Single - Eugene De Rastignac[28]
  • „Something in the Water“ (2019) Various Artists - Florence Academy of Fine Arts (FAFA), United States

References

  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. ^ „Kaz Hawkins Got The Blues“. BBC Ulster.
  4. ^ „Kaz Hawkins Here For A Reason“. Times Daily.
  5. ^ „The Cahors Blues Festival 2022 will send heavy for its 40th anniversary“. Medialot, France.
  6. ^ „Kaz Hawkins at the European Blues Challenge, Denmark – Blues Matters Magazine“. Blues Matters Magazine. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  7. ^ „Kaz Hawkins Brings European Blues Challenge Trophy Back Home – Bluesdoodles“. Bluesdoodles.com. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ „International Blues Challenge - Blues Foundation“. Blues.org. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  9. ^ „Kaz Hawkins Rising to The Challenge, Memphis and More – Bluesdoodles“. Bluesdoodles.com. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  10. ^ „UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association“. Facebook.com. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  11. ^ „2016 UK Blues Challenge The Winner IS….. – Bluesdoodles“. Bluesdoodles.com. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. ^ „Winners 2016 – British Blues Awards“. Britishbluesawards.com. 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. ^ „EastSide Arts celebrate triple award winner Kaz Hawkins! | EastSide Arts“. Eastsidearts.net. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  16. ^ „Kaz Hawkins – Get Ready!“. Discogs. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  17. ^ „Kaz Hawkins Band – Feelin‘ Good“. Discogs.com. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  18. ^ „Kaz Hawkins – Feelin‘ Good“. Discogs.com. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  19. ^ „Kaz Hawkins - Feelin‘ Good“. Discogs.com. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  20. ^ „Kaz Hawkins“. Discogs.com. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  21. ^ „Kaz Hawkins Announces New Live Album“. Nova-nn.com. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  22. ^ „Kaz Hawkins annonce l’album „Memories Of“. Soulbag.fr. 19 May 2020. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  23. ^ „Blues and soul at the top with Kaz Hawkins, Popa Chubby and Fred Chapellier“. La Voix Du Nord. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  24. ^ „My Life and I“, the new Kaz Hawkins album available“. Dixiefrog Records. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  25. ^ „Mathis & Kaz“. Earlybird-records.de. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  26. ^ „Various – The Best Of 2014“. Discogs. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  27. ^ „Let It Be“. Open.spotify.com. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  28. ^ „Won’t You Save My Soul“. Open.spotify.com. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2022.

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