Sophie B. Hawkins - 10/13/20Tuesday, October 13 2020 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start
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Sophie B. Hawkins - 10/13/20
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 PM
- 8:00 PM
Legendary songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins has been tugging at heartstrings for decades with her powerful storytelling, crafting dizzying tunes that idle between the potently forlorn and the strangely comforting.
She burst onto the international music scene with her 1992 platinum-selling debut album, Tongues and Tails, which included the indelible hit song Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover, and earned her a Best New Artist Grammy nomination.
Much more than just a singer, Sophie writes all of her own songs, is a multi-instrumentalist, and has been fully involved in every aspect of the production of her records herself, from background vocals and playing her own instruments, to engineering and production of her CDs. She has proved an enduring artist with a fierce commitment to artistic integrity while both constantly evolving, and remaining steadfastly true to her own authentic history and experience which connects her to her fans at the very deepest levels.
Born and raised in New York, Sophie attended the prestigious Manhattan School of Music to study percussion, She started singing her own songs from her drum set in various bands, playing in legendary New York City venues like Kenny’s Castaways and CBGB, and was eventually hired to play percussion for Bryan Ferry. Her big break, however, came when she handed a cassette full of demos she had written to a patron at a popular Manhattan restaurant who loved her speaking voice. That tape eventually made it into the hands of a producer and it included what would be the hit single Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover. Her first album, Tongues and Tails, full of primal, fiery pop, was an immediate international success, going gold in America and platinum in many European countries and in Asia. The hit album earned her a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” and she took home six New York Music Awards.
Sophie followed that with her second album, Whaler, which featured the international smash ballad, As I Lay Me Down. The song won an ASCAP award and was the longest-running hit single on the Billboard charts in American music history at the time of it’s release spending 67 weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart, including six weeks at #1. Sophie’s third album, Timbre, in which she broke out into a more earthy, stripped-back sound that aimed at the core of her personal expression, was released in 1999. 2004’s Wilderness saw Sophie diving into a jazzier style for what would become her most musically layered and emotionally complex album yet, and the first recorded entirely in her Los Angeles home studio. The roiling energy, humor, spontaneity and intimacy of Hawkins’ live shows was captured in 2006’s Bad Kitty Board Mix, a two-disc set recorded while on tour in Seattle and Australia. The Crossing, released in 2012, is a searing, lush and startlingly naked chronicle of a very intense period of Hawkins’ life, in which she writes about her father’s death and imminent motherhood.
The last three decades have brought multiple awards, sold out concerts, appearances on film and television, performances with some of the best known names in the business, a documentary feature on her life, a critically-lauded tour-de-force performance as Janis Joplin in the nationally- touring play Room 105, and many of her songs have been featured in hit films and TV shows.
Today Sophie is preparing to release her seventh album, The Woman With The Sea Dog, is writing a play with songs she has dubbed a 'Playsical,' and is raising two children in Brooklyn, NY.