Multi award winning Kaz Hawkins is Northern Ireland's
very own blues and soul darling. The Belfast born singer-songwriter
is fast becoming a performing icon across UK & Europe
& the United States. Her high energy, original shows
with her 1950s style swing-dress-meets-Dr Martens look
and ability to closely connect with her public contribute
to make Kaz one of today's most popular independent artists
in the UK and Ireland, as she continues to play to full
houses. Kaz has been compared to Etta James & Janis
Joplin to name but a few. Mixing through the genres of
music for over 20 years, she finally found her niche in
roots and blues, bringing a fun, inspiring & hopeful
message with her new debut album Get Ready self-released
in August 2014, featuring Kaz's deep, powerful voice,
original song-writing and soulful tracks, Get Ready wooed
both the public and the critics, winning the Blues Matters
Magazine' Writers Poll Best Studio Album of 2015 in September.
In a hat trick feat during the same month, Kaz accepted
the prestigious Barry Middleton Award for Emerging Artist
at the British Blues Awards (the first ever Northern Ireland
recipient) and also received the Pure M Award for 2015
All-Ireland Best Female Act at a ceremony in Dublin. The
success continued in 2016 with her band album Feelin'
Good which was the IBBA album of the year beating Joe
Bonamassa. KHB won the right to represent United Kingdom
at the IBC in Memphis and EBC in Denmark in 2017. The
band went down a storm in Memphis and returned home proud
as semi-finalists. They now head to Horsen's in April
to challenge for the European title.
Kaz will be venturing outside her band in 2017 with
more American visits and a brand new piano & voice
album and tour where she will be releasing a charity
single from the album to increase awareness for depression.
Kaz will be donating a percentage of album sales at
her album launch at Belfast Cathedral on 22nd July 2017
to help Aware NI, the charity she is ambassador for.
Kaz's stellar rise to success will be no surprise to
the Northern Ireland's music fiends and blues fans over
the world she has been wooing for years with her deep,
powerful voice, original song writing and soulful tracks.
No mean feat for the 44 year-old funky grandma, who
owes surviving a life of physical and emotional hardship
to music and a larger-than-life personality that doesn't
take setbacks lying down! Kaz has worked tirelessly
for different charities and is Arts Ambassador for EastSide
Arts in which she lectures students at Boston University
on how she used music to survive trauma.