The album is slated to be release to the public early 2017. Thank you all for your patience! The tracks are coming along beautifully and I have decided to take my time with the mixing and release to ensure this project keeps it's integrity and focus. The additional time has allowed me a vision, bordering on fantasy, of the story that is told through the album. The central character was born in my mind just as I was exploring alternate names for my persona - not out of need, but out of curiosity and playfulness. The name that came to me is ELVANELLE.
Elvanelle is representative of my current artist. The Kim Hawkey that you know. We are the same. But in addition, Elvanelle invites voices of the past to join us in the present. She is the collective unconscious of every life that has ever been. I do believe that we are surrounded by and even made up of mixtures of energies once belonging to those of the past. I feel connected to this energy when I sing and thus want to honor it with a name I adore and feel equally connected to. (It doesn't need to be complicated or hocus-pocus-y. Just think about an ancestor or a passed relative who you always felt was by your side.) Not just a voice of the past, Elvanelle is also the present and the future. It's the ever-changing current of mass connection that is reflected in musical traditions and trends. Another way to say it - good music is timeless even though the sonic surface may shift!
Elvanell Ellison was a real woman. I only know that she was born on September 13, 1917 in New Mexico. She was married, divorced and then moved to California where she died in 1995. She collected sheet music in the 30s and 40s. I know because I own part of her collection. I bought a stack of it on Ebay for $25 not knowing where it came from or if anyone even cared about the music. Elvanell cared to the point of handwriting her name on every piece she owned. "Elvanell Ellison" right there on the cover. I couldn't help but wonder: Did she drink coffee? - Where did she get married? - Was she happy? - What was her favorite song? - Did she sing?. So many questions of the past that we can only leave to the imagination and perhaps some well-conducted research. I prefer not knowing too much about her. I get a warm feeling when I think about this mysterious, music-loving person from the past. I think I can probably guess the answers. I also think Elvanell would love be involved in the future of this music. I believe her memory crossed my path for a reason, considering I could not get her name out of my head after seeing it. Thus, I am adding an "E" and keeping it for my own. I will use it with intrigue and respect in association to this project - Maybe not forever, but for as long as it feels right. With love and thanks to Elvanell and the other voices of the past that brought me here. From Kimberly.
PS: Images rolling in! Photos by fellow singer and artist, Lauren Desberg. www.laurendesberg.com . Makeup by Priscilla Perez. Album cover art by the tremendously talented Hollie Chastain in the works. www.holliechastain.com
Questions? Thoughts? Please be in touch, my friends :) firstname.lastname@example.org
Or come see me in person:
- Sat 11/19 Swing Session at the Red Room - 85 East 4th Street, NYC. 3rd Fl. 11:00pm until 2:00am. Open session. Dance, drink, play. No Cover
- Wed 11/30 Winston Restaurant - 130 Main Street, Mt. Kisco NY. 6:00 until 9:00pm. No music charge. Delicious food. www.winstonrestaurant.com
- 12/7, 12/8, 12/10, 12/15, 12/16 Holiday Tea Musicales at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts - Afternoon concerts paired with tea in the Rosen House. Selling out. www.caramoor.org