“old style blues belter softened with sincere songwriting“
- NOMINEE PURE M MAGAZINE AWARDS 2015 (BEST FEMALE)
- FINALIST FUTURE OF THE BLUES 2015
- 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 is now established as one the biggest female 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 and has now embarked on an exciting mix of genres she has written for her debut album ‘Get Ready‘ which she self released in August 2014 to exciting reviews. This unique songstress wowed fans across the UK on her Get Ready Tour in September 2014 with fans & critics comparing her to the old female blues greats. Kaz’s 2015 Hallelujah Tour is now taking her across the UK again in high demand with her Band O’ Men and an announcement soon of a European Tour. This formidable lady & her Band O’ Men are rising and rising fast.Being tipped as one of the best LIVE ACTS to see the band have been wowing festivals & venues across the UK with a new image, new sound being labeled ‘industrial blues’. Kaz is a singer songwriter with a difference, she captivates an audience with her vocal range & emotional portrayal of her life. She is one of Belfast’s true characters & the blues scene would not the be the same without a taste of an old style blues belter’ softened with sincere songwriting and with her band as one they just dont play music they entertain!
Kaz is also an arts ambassasador for Eastside Arts in which she travels to BOSTON UNIVERSITY to perform & lecture students about her success in using the arts as a tool for mental health. This year Kaz returns to the USA in October 2015 in a special partnership creating opportunities between the twinned cities of Boston & Belfast. Kaz uses her public profile to help East Belfast Community Counselling battle issues like suicide awareness, mental health & victim support, helping raise much needed funds.
With support gigs under belt such as Van Morrison, Nanci Griffiths, Chris Farlowe, Matt Andersen & guesting with top Irish artists such as Brian Kennedy, Pat McManus, Eric Bell, Kaz now holds her own on stage, her powerful performances take her fans through every emotion possible, from tears to laughter, dancing in the aisles to bewilderment at how she commands a stage! She is the reincarnation of old female blues singers from a time gone by. A true artist who’s every breath on stage is passed onto her audience freely. You will never be the same after you watch the spectacle that is… KAZ HAWKINS.