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Kimberly Hawkey is a song revivalist. As an actress, lyricist and award-winning multi-genre vocalist from New York, she uses lyrics and melodies of the past century to deliver the collective soul of American song to a new generation. Her understanding and fluency of a wide-range of musical styles brought her success in 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"; noted as "a dazzling hour filled with exceptional musicality and one fun surprise after another" (Cabaret Scenes). Since her solo debut, Kimberly wrote, performed and directed the theatrical concerts SOUNDIES and "As Herself": A Celebration of Big Band Cameos, giving productions in Manhattan and Rockland County.
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. Her Big Band-era sound earned her praise as "a true lead singer with real presence and substance behind the style" (Sarasota Observer) during a 5-week sold-out run of their theatrical show at Florida Studio Theatre in 2015. Studio recordings as a bandleader include "All Aboard" by The Swingaroos ("an irrepressibly cheery update on 30s and 40s sounds" - New York Music Daily), and the newly recorded "Elvanell & The Escape Act" - a curation of American song and originals backed by a jazz ensemble. (The latter was successfully crowdfunded via Kickstarter through the generous support of 112 backers and is due to be released early Spring 2017.)
As an actress, Kimberly portrayed “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".
In addition to her 10 years experience of teaching piano and voice, Kimberly offers her Jazz Singing, A Capella Improv, American Song, and Musical Theatre Audition workshops to musicians of all ages through music schools, private institutions and pre-college programs in the greater NYC area. She is a former Artistic Administrator at Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts, where she worked with world-class musicians and teaching artists before venturing out into the world to join them. Awards: American Traditions Vocal Competition (Gold Medal & Johnny Mercer Award 2013), Jazz Forum Arts Vocal Competition (Winner 2013); NYC Cabaret Showdown (Winner & All-Star Winner 2013), Onstage Blog's Top Actress in a Musical (2014).