Sophie B Hawkins

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Sophie B. Hawkins

She wished she was your lover, even when she was ‘right beside you’, but what good did that do Sophie B. Hawkins?

by Christopher Smith

Sophie Ballantine Hawkins was born in New York City in 1964 and made her debut in 1992 with the single “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover”, which reached No.5 in the US and charted top ten from Australia to Norway, although it peaked at No.14 in the UK. It was the first track to be lifted from her debut album “Tongues And Tails” which would become a moderate hit around the world, attaining Gold status in the US and Canada for sales of 500,000 copies. Two further singles would chart less well, “California Here I Come” and her version of Bob Dylan’s 1966 hit “I Want You”.

Sophie released her second album “Whaler” in 1994, which was preceded by the single “Right Beside You”, a top ten hit in many parts of Europe and in Canada, a high of No.13 in the UK and stopping at No.56 in America. “Whaler” equalled its predecessor in gaining a Gold certification in The States and in Canada. The single “Don’t Don’t Tell Me No” reached No.36 in the UK and “Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty)” made No.49 in the US. By far the biggest hit from the album was “As I Lay Me Down” which gave Sophie her second and, to date, last top ten entry on the singles chart as well as making No.24 in the UK and No.7 in Australia.

Sophie released the albums “Timbre” in 1999, “Wilderness” in 2004 and most recently “The Crossing” in 2012, together with a “Best Of” in 2002, although these were much less successful and were only appreciated by her own fanbase, as well the accompanying singles. Sophie formed her own label Trumpet Swan Productions in 2000 having experienced an unhappy ending with Sony Records, with whom she had released her first two albums. The story goes that Sony delayed the release of “Timbre” as they were “unhappy with the quality of the product” and ordered Hawkins to ‘rethink’ the musical content of the album. This she did begrudgingly, eventually reissuing the album as it should of been in 2001 with additional new songs, demos and remixes.

Away from recording, Sophie starred as Janis Joplin in a 2012 stage production entitled Room 105 and appeared as herself in a 2013 episode of the TV series Community, where she performed “Damn” and “As I Lay Me Down”. In 2019 she appeared on the German TV show Night Moves, performing and talking about her career. Sophie continues to play live sets across America as well as infrequent gigs in other parts of the work. As yet, there has been no inkling that Sophie will return to the studio to write or record new music in the near future.

Sophie B Hawkins

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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