Kim Hawkey (Kim Hawkey & The Elvanelle Band)

banjo, vocals

Kimberly Hawkey is a multi-genre vocalist, instrumentalist and bandleader based in the Catskill mountains of New York. Evoking a sweet sense of swing with seriously stage-worthy chops, Kimberly has been described as "a delightfully fresh-voiced treat" (BroadwayWorld.com), with "exceptional musicality and one fun surprise after another" (Cabaret Scenes). Kimberly sings with the top trad jazz and swing bands in NYC and has performed in well-known venues as both a soloist and collaborator. She is the recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award, the American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal and is a 2x winner of NYC's Cabaret Showdown. Kimberly has received attention for developing and producing thematic concerts under her growing brand, Elvanelle Music. She recently created and performed with "The Elvanelle Orchestra: Song of the Catskills" - a 9-piece show band honoring the tradition of Catskill mountain entertainment during the Grand Hotel era. She is the bandleader of The Swingaroos, which has enjoyed sold-out runs and has been called "awesome in every way" and "one of the most entertaining shows you will see" (Broadwayworld.com). Other favorite credits include performances with the New York All-Star Big Band, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Battle of the Big Bands on the Intrepid, Plaza Hotel, Clayton Jazz Festival, The Grand St Stompers, and the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra. Kimberly has been teaching music for over 10 years and conducts jazz and vocal workshops in schools across the country. She has recorded and produced two albums as a bandleader. www.kimberlyhawkey.com @elvanellemusic