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B. Hawkins "The Life & Career of Songwriter & Performer Sophie
Streaming Broadcast: July 14, 2011
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.
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.