Kimberly Hawkey is an actress, lyricist and award-winning vocalist from New York. Her diverse musical background lends itself to a versatility which garners attention across genres - from jazz and contemporary to musical-theater and classical. Kimberly is the recipient of the 2013 Oxnard Gold Medal and the Johnny Mercer Award from the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA; a competition requiring the performance of 9 distinct styles of American music 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 is an accomplished lyricist and bandleader of the 6-piece swing-era territory band, The Swingaroos, for which she also serves as vocalist, songwriter, 4-string banjoist and washboardist. The group performs original songs and covers of popular tunes from the 30’s and 40’s. Kimberly can be seen performing with her band and as a soloist in venues such as the Metropolitan Room, Jazz at Kitano, Cafe Lalo, the Yale Club of NYC, and the Hudson Hotel . Please visit www.theswingaroos.com for their complete performance schedule.
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. 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.