Kimberly Hawkey is an actress, lyricist and award-winning multi-genre vocalist from New York. Her understanding and fluency of a wide-range of musical styles led her to the 2013 American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA, where she swept both the Oxnard Gold Medal and the Johnny Mercer Award (for performances of Jazz, Folk, Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Sacred, Art Song and Popular repertoire over three rounds). Later that year, she was named a Winner of the 2013 Jazz Forum Arts Vocal Competition in Westchester, NY and won both the September 2013 Cabaret Showdown and the 2013 All-Star Cabaret Showdown in Lower Manhattan. Kimberly made her solo cabaret debut the same year at the Metropolitan Room with "SPUN", which was called "a dazzling hour filled with exceptional musicality and one fun surprise after another" (Cabaret Scenes).
Kimberly is an accomplished bandleader and lead vocalist of the 6-piece swing-era territory band, The Swingaroos, in which she also lends her washboard and 4-string banjo skills on original songs and covers of popular tunes from the Hit Parade. The band recently released their debut studio album, "All Aboard!", which New York Music Daily calls an "irrepressibly cheery update on 30s and 40s sounds". In one of their next adventures, the The Swingaroos will team up with the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota to mount a production of their cabaret-style swing show, running from August 17 through September 21. Please visit www.theswingaroos.com for a complete performance schedule.
As an actress, Kimberly most recently appeared as “Dot/Marie” in a critically-acclaimed 5-week run of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY, in which she was lauded as a "delightfully fresh-voiced treat" (Broadwayworld.com) and topped the list of OnstageBlog.com's "Top 10 Actresses in a Musical in Westchester/
Rockland/Connecticut". The same publication stated, "Ms. Hawkey created a strong and heart-breaking character who, more so than even George, is the soul of the show". Adding that in her more reflective moments, "...she was perfection".
Kimberly is a former Artistic Coordinator for Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and currently teaches music and freelances as a performer/writer in NYC, Rockland and Westchester Counties.