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Guest: Sophie B. Hawkins
Singer and Songwriter
New Legacy Series - Re-Mastered Radio
Streaming Broadcast: April 14, 2014 (Original Broadcast July 8, 2010)
"The Life and Career of Sophie B. Hawkins Singer, Songwriter and Performer"
Sophie B. Hawkins
Sophie B. Hawkins emerged in 1992 with a fierce bidding war
for her debut album, Tongues & Tails. The Columbia Records release quickly went gold, earned her a Grammy nomination for
Best New Artist, and fired a single, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," into the Top Five. Another gold album, Whaler,
followed two years later along with the single, "As I Lay Me Down," that would chart in Billboard for a record-breaking
sixty-seven weeks. By the time she got to Timbre in 1999, she had won universal respect for her rare blend of gutsy honesty.
Hawkins subsequently worked out an agreement that allowed her to leave her label while retaining ownership of the masters
to Timbre. She re-released Timbre on her Trumpet Swan imprint and hit the road--on her own, with her band in a station wagon.
2004's Wilderness followed. Working out of her home studio near Los Angeles Hawkins wrote and laid down Wilderness' tracks
on a variety of instruments: guitar, cello, drums, keys, plus the exotic percussion that has fascinated her since her studies
while growing up in New York with African drum legend, Babatunde Olatuni, and at the Manhattan School of Music. On Wilderness,
these elements flow through nuanced arrangements, in which echoes of Nina Simone, Laura Nyro, and other influences only enhance
Hawkins' unique sound. August 2006 saw the release of her debut live album, the Bad Kitty Board Mix. Recorded in Seattle,
the two-disc set captured the true energy and essence of Sophie as a performer. In her words, "This live album is primarily
a gift to my fans. Beyond that, it's a gift to myself--in that I am finally comfortable with who I am REALLY as a musician,
as a storyteller/improviser and as a living the moment creative human." The last year has been a busy one for Sophie,
personally and professionally. In November 2008, she became the proud mother of a son Dashiell. At the present time she is
hard at work writing a Broadway musical for Kristin Chenoweth and working on her new album.
"The Land, The Sea and The Sky"
Sophie has affiliated herself with Waterkeeper
Alliance, an organization of on-the-water advocates, who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines
in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the first line of defense during
the BP Gulf oil disaster recovery. The Gulf Waterkeepers on scene are FL: Apalachicola Riverkeeper and Emerald Coastkeeper,
AL: Mobile Baykeeper, LA: Louisiana Bayoukeeper and Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper. Also working to clean up the ocean waters
and beaches are volunteers, marine biologists, environmental advocates, and members of each of the coastal communities who
have been affected.
Sophie's new single, "The Land, the
Sea and the Sky" is now available for sale in the music section of our site with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting
the Waterkeeper Alliance. The Save Our Gulf website has been established by Waterkeeper Alliance to coordinate the efforts
of Gulf Waterkeepers who are fighting to protect the Gulf Coast. Please visit the website to learn how you can help.
"The Gulf of Mexico Disaster" - The Deep Water
Horizon MACADO 252 Disaster
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as
the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or the Macondo blowout) is a massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico,
now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history.Some estimates placed it by late May or early June as among the
largest oil spills in the world with tens of millions of gallons spilled to date. The spill stems from a sea floor 10,000
foot deep oil gusher (MC252) that followed the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed
11 platform workers and injured 17 others. The gusher, now estimated by the quasi-official Flow Rate Technical Group to be
flowing at 20,000 to 40,000 barrels (840,000 to 1,700,000 US gallons; 3,200,000 to 6,400,000 litres) of crude oil per day,
originates from a deepwater wellhead 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the ocean surface. The exact spill flow rate is
uncertain in part because BP has refused to allow independent scientists to perform accurate measurements and is a matter
of ongoing debate. The resulting oil slick covers a surface area of at least 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2), with
the exact size and location of the slick fluctuating from day to day depending on weather conditions.
Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of oil
not visible at the surface. Experts fear that the spill will result in an environmental disaster, with extensive impact already
on marine and wildlife habitats. The spill has also damaged the Gulf of Mexico fishing and tourism industries. There have
been a variety of ongoing efforts to stem the flow of oil at the wellhead. Crews have been working to protect hundreds of
miles of beaches, wetlands and estuaries along the northern Gulf coast, using skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored
barriers, and sand-filled barricades along shorelines. The U.S. Government has named BP as the responsible party in the incident,
and officials have said the company will be held accountable for all cleanup costs resulting from the oil spill.
Investigative Journalist Patrick J. O'Brien
Story brought by In Discussion's Veteran Investigative
Journalist Patrick O'Brien