The Journey of Kaz Hawkins
The story of Kaz has many wondering how she ever survived the trauma in her life but she puts it best herself saying ‘Music is the very thing that saved me, when I sing I am in the safest place on earth. It replaces all the cruelty, shame and pain in my life so all I want to do now is sing for those still fighting’ Multi award winning Kaz Hawkins is Northern Ireland’s very own Soul Superstar named after her self penned song about the childhood that was stolen from her. She sings to her young self to let her know that she was strong and now the song pays tribute to her following her dream on stage.
The Belfast born singer-songwriter now living in Shropshire preparing for a permanent move to France in the next few years, has wowed fans with her emotional honest performances across the globe. Her music brings an honest, fun, inspiring & hopeful message to those who need it. Using her story in song to break the barriers in mental health, Kaz Hawkins proves that music can heal, soothe and sometimes save souls that are lost. Hers, is a spectacular story of survival never mind a voice that has reduced grown men to tears at her shows. It took Kaz 20 years to follow her childhood dream and now she is living every minute by creating a legacy of persistence, empowerment and true Belfast grit. Her music is an achievement but Kaz gives credit to her fans for allowing her into their musical hearts. Kaz is the ultimate story of the Phoenix rising from the ashes.
Kaz wears many HATS!
An activist for Mental Health, Kaz has worked tirelessly for different charities over the years. She has been an official Ambassador at Aware NI, Northern Ireland’s Depression Charity and has completed library tours, given talks at Boston University, Florence Academy of Fine Arts in Alabama in special sessions where she told her life story using words and song to show how music can be used as a mental health tool. Kaz also visited prisons and schools in Beauvais, France at the invite of Le Blues Autour Du Zinc Festival. Fans have come to love the many hats that Kaz wears, especially presenting her own radio show “Kaz Hawkins Got The Blues” on BBC Radio Ulster when she isn’t touring. Always supporting the UK blues scene that has given her so much, Kaz accepted an honorary membership of the UK Blues Federation and aims to bring more exposure to the rich blues and soul artists in Northern Ireland. She has also represented United Kingdom in the European Blues Challenge of 2017 where the UK won for the first time.
Kaz took the year of 2018 in duo format touring My Life And I show which is a piano/vocal theatre show with Sam York. With rave reviews on her deciding to use the show to highlight mental health issues, she sold out most dates in the UK & Europe. With a new confidence, Kaz has decided to return to band format since her move to England and also the surprise announcement of Memories of Etta show with a 9 piece band of some of the top session musicians in the UK. Kaz would like to thank Cognac Blues Passions Festival, France for giving her carte blanche to honour the woman who has inspired her vocal all her life. Autumn will see Kaz Hawkins & her Band of Men return to touring internationally but with a new collective of session musicians from Europe & the UK in a quintet form.
“This Goddess – the amazing Kaz Hawkins – accompanied by the great Sam York played at our blues festival in March 2018, Blues Autour du Zinc. She blew us away…. she has returned to Ireland … and we are forever changed”
Aideen Fahy, President of Blues Autour du Zinc, Beauvais, France
“I am so glad I spent the past year gaining strength & confidence in my artistry. The amazing support from my fans, who embraced the duo format helped me get strong in my mind and my health after pneumonia. I love the personal & intimate set up of My Life And I show as I get so close to those who have supported my career and I know they have been very patient with me not touring with a band so I’m coming back with a bang. I like to be busy and creative so running different projects gives everyone a better choice in these hard times of music. Band format means I get to play festivals again and I can’t wait for that, especially now I have a great team behind me at On The Road Again”.