NOMINEE EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE 2015-JOINT WINNER BLUES & SOUL MAGAZINE “RISING STAR AWARD 2014-NOMINEE BRITISH BLUES AWARDS BEST FEMALE VOCALIST 2014-NOMINEE BRITISH BLUES AWARD 2013 BEST ORIGINAL SONGWRITER-NOMINEE MRU Awards 2012 BEST SINGLE-WINNER MRU Awards 2102 BEST BLUES/ROCK ACT
Mostly underground for years as a secret songwriter. Kaz Hawkins from East Belfast is now established as one the biggest singers ever to come out of Northern Ireland, called “A Vocal Force” on stage, she envelops the fighting spirit of a true powerhouse singer. With comparisons to her idol Etta James, Mavis Staples, Janis Joplin, Kaz is loved for her down to earth attitude; she brings fun to every performance & is loved not only by her fans but anyone who meets her. She has lived and sang “The Blues” but has much more to offer across different genres in her song writing so is now embarking on an exciting mix of genres she has written for her debut album.
With her ‘Band of Men in tow on the release of her debut album, her ‘Get Ready’ UK Tour in September 2014 was an accomplished success with her 2015 spring tour already being worked on and the announcement of a USA mini tour to Jamaica Plain, Boston with a special invite by BOSTON UNIVERSITY to perform & lecture at a special Global Music Seminar, this formidable lady is rising and rising fast, Kaz is a singer songwriter with a difference, she captivates an audition with her vocal range & emotional portrayal of her life. She is one of Belfast’s true characters.
With support gigs under belt such as Van Morrison, Nanci Griffiths, Chris Farlowe, Matt Andersen, Kaz has also guested with top Irish artists such as Brian Kennedy, Pat McManus, Eric Bell. Kaz has the backing of many influential representatives in Belfast with a presentation from The 2013 Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtin Ó Muilleoir quoted saying “Belfast is proud of your talent & we know you will go on to great things & we will support you in all you do”..