“old style blues belter softened with sincere songwriting“
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 who lives just a few streets from East Belfast’s most famous musical son Van Morrison 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 ‘Get Ready‘.
This unique songstress wowed fans across the UK on her Tour in September 2014 with fans & critics comparing her to the old female blues greats. With her 2015 tour just announced & a special new partnership with BOSTON UNIVERSITY for Kaz to perform & lecture students that will see Kaz travelling to USA to represent Eastside Arts this formidable lady is rising and rising fast. Kaz Hawkins 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 & the UK blues scene would not the be the same without the a taste of an old style blues belter’ softened with sincere songwriting.
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”..