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 & always looking for different projects & collaborations, Kaz has three different projects running right now. Her hard hitting duo theatre show with special guest Sam York “My Life and I” takes the audience through Kaz’s life story and is her personal mental health mission.
After a two year break from band format, Kaz has returned with a new line up for Kaz Hawkins & her Band of Men who will begin European touring in 2020.
Kaz also launched “Memories of Etta” with nine top session musicians, recreating the life & times on stage of the Matriarch of the Blues, Miss Etta James. Especially created for Cognac Blues Passions in France, the show has had rave reviews and is now in demand across Europe.
KAZ HAWKINS IS ROSTER ARTIST AT ON THE ROAD AGAIN
“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
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. Telling stories from her touring & new talent she comes across from around the world in a genre that has given her so much.
Kaz is an official ambassador of blues after she accepted an honorary membership of the UK Blues Federation whom she represented in the European Blues Challenge of 2017 where the UK won for the first time.
“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“.