In 1992, the music world sat up and took notice when American singer/songwriter Sophie Ballantine Hawkins released her debut album. The critically acclaimed ‘Tongues and Tails’ featured the hit single ‘Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover’ and earned Hawkins a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Two years later, she followed up ‘Tongues and Tails’ with the equally successful ‘Whaler’ which featured the hit single ‘As I Lay Me Down.’ It was after her second album that she started having issues with her record label.
Sony Music (did you guess that one?) was unhappy with her third album, particularly a banjo tack because I don’t know, maybe banjos annihilate artistic integrity. They delayed the release; Hawkins stuck to her guns and refused to indulge them. ‘Timbre’ eventually saw the light of day in 1999, but Sony declined to promote it. In 2001, Hawkins finally had enough and left the label to start her own, Trumpet Swan Productions.
She re-released ‘Timbre’ through her label and three years later, a new album titled ‘Wilderness.’ Her first independently released album, Hawkins wrote all but one of the 13 tracks on ‘Wilderness.’ After ‘Wilderness,’ Hawkins went into a long hiatus before releasing her fifth studio album. In the eight years between her fourth and fifth album, Hawkins gave birth to her first child in 2008, did some charity work, supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and starred as legendary Blues Rock singer and 27 Club alumni Janis Joplin in the play, ‘Room 105.’
Hawkins welcomed her second child in July 2015 at age 50 after using an embryo she had frozen 20 years prior. After 24 years in the music industry, Sophie B. Hawkins has proved herself to be an enduring artist, who values her music and family more than anything. She has held on to her artistic integrity, which is just as important to her as her family, but none at the expense of the other. And she can include a banjo in her music, whenever she likes.
Miami Based, Internationally Known