"Kimberly Hawkey’s artistry transcends time. With immortal songs – jazz, Broadway, folk – and a crystalline voice, she transports audiences into a world of beauty, offering an unforgettable shared experience. Whether solo, or leading her band, the Swingaroos, or fronting an orchestra, Kimberly fully inhabits captivating melodies and cinematic lyrics – “little two-and-a-half-minute symphonies” as she calls them – conjuring vistas of the heart for a modern age in need of vintage, time-tested soul sustenance.
This devotion also informs Kimberly’s work as a music educator and events producer, activities she helms under her brand Elvanelle Music, which she defines as “story through song.” Elvanelle Music produces concerts, education programs, and music for special events that entertain, bring communities together, and transcend time by reframing the past through a modern lens.
Recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award, and a Gold Medalist at the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, Ga., Kimberly is also a two-time winner of the Cabaret Showdown in NYC. Both solo and with her band, the Swingaroos, she’s honed her skills in performance venues nationwide: the Birdland Jazz Club, the Iridium, Caramoor, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Plaza Hotel, to name a few. She can enthrall with just her dulcet voice, or, if the song calls for it, she’ll augment with everything from banjo, to washboard, to snare drum, to kazoo. She is showfolk."
While preparing for the release of my first solo album, I purchased a giant stack of sheet music for inspiration. In every corner of every cover was the name ‘Elvanelle’ – her annotations, notes and ownership bound the selections together. A little research revealed her to be a woman born in 1917, whose progression through her musical passions so closely mirrored my own that we transcended the century between us. Elvanelle became my inspiration – reaching across time, just as the music we loved. Elvanelle is the idea that we all share a spirit that this timeless music animates and connects.
The journey through old songs brings me to new ones; I partner with the songwriting duo Morris & Rivers to sing new, timeless songs. Stay tuned for our inaugural album collaboration: We The Nighthawks!
Several moves between Nyack, Washington Heights, and the Catskill Mountains in search of artistic collaboration and a place to call home. I record and release my debut album. I develop shows for The Elvanelle Orchestra and The Swingaroos as I grow my teaching career.
I win the American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal, the Johnny Mercer Award, and the NYC Cabaret Showdown (twice) with Assaf Gleizner as accompanist. We form The Swingaroos.
I graduate from Fordham College in Manhattan with a degree in Music & Pyschology. I intern at a music festival and secure my dream job at Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts. I work as an Artistic Administrator while teaching music on the side. I take voice lessons again for fun.
I sing my first jazz standard. I meet pianist Assaf Gleizner while teaching piano at a summer camp. My college roomate and I write & produce multiple shows for passionate non-theatre majors.
"The Song is You"
Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II
"Pennies From Heaven"
Arthur Johnston & Johnny Burke (1936)
"The Sound of Music"
Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
"Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?"
Charles Warfield & Clarence Williams (1919)
"Teach Me Tonight"
Gene De Paul & Sammy Cahn
Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
"The Song is You" - Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II (1932)
"Pennies From Heaven" - Arthur Johnston & Johnny Burke (1936)
"The Sound of Music" - Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II (1959)
"Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?" - Charles Warfield & Clarence Williams (1919)
"Teach Me Tonight" - Gene De Paul & Sammy Cahn (1953)
"Pure Imagination" - Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley (1971)
Recording the soul-aligned "We The Nighthawks" with my favorite collaborators.
Winning the Gold Medal at the American Traditions Vocal Competition in 2013.
Judy Garland, Anita O'Day, Luther Vandross, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald
Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Boswell Sisters, Harry James & His Orchestra
Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Blossom Dearie
Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Dorothy Fields, Stephen Sondheim, Sammy Cahn
Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Harry Warren, Richard Rodgers
Lauren Bacall, Fred Astaire, Mae West, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Carmen Miranda
Composer, people person, copywriter, and coffee addict
Vocalist, educator, banjoist, and tea fiend
Pianist, arranger, bandleader, and hummus connoisseur
Lyricist, old soul, machinist, and orchard keeper
Photographer, visual consultant, guitar god
Wardrobe stylist, stage director, and cat mom
Richard Lovrich, Emma Meade, Towards the Moon, Greg Scibior, Sarah Haley,
John Carrington, Seth Cashman, photos
Lindsey Morano, photos, videos, logo, brand development
Dan Glaude, Adam Siegel, Rhys Tivey, Dylan Perillo, Jonathan Greene, Jamison Ross, Steve Morley, Nat Ranson, John Colonna, Evan Jagels, Loren Daniels, Philip Ambuel, Uri Zelig, Marty Peters, Sam Zucchini, Oliver Watkinson, featured musicians
Makeup artist, visual consultant, and glamazon
- Stephen Sondheim