Kimberly Hawkey is actress, writer and award-winning vocalist from New York. Her diverse background in jazz, cabaret, musical theatre and classical styles give way to an individual and versatile sound that has garnered attention across genres. 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.