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Kimberly

Hawkey

to your fellow Time-Traveler, Whiskey drinker, Yogi, and plant lover.

I hope my story is music to your ears.

Let's get acquainted

"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."


THREE DECADES OF CREATING AND PRODUCING LEAD ME – ALWAYS – BACK TO SHARING MY JOY WITH AN AUDIENCE. WHETHER MOUNTING BACKYARD MUSICALS AS A KID OR SINGING IN FRONT OF A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CONNECTION FUELS WHAT I DO. Read my story below...

A biographical journey

Epk / Full Bio

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. 


Who is Elvanelle? 

The making of a muse

MENTORING

What is
Elvanelle Music?

What is Elvanelle Music?

live + virtual performances of American song
vocal mentoring and artist development
music coordination for events, weddings, and film
seed-to-stage show creation

CrafteD and Curated by Kimberly Hawkey

 Time-Traveling Song

Private Events

PERFORMANCE

Galleries

Behind-the-Scenes

On Stage

Portraits

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!

2020-now

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.

2016-2019

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.

2013-2015

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.

2010-2013

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.

2008-2010

From behind-the-scenes
 to leading lady

A Timeline

EPK/ FULL BIO

"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)

"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)

My Own Hit Parade

Recording the soul-aligned "We The Nighthawks" with my favorite collaborators.

Winning the Gold Medal at the American Traditions Vocal Competition in 2013.

Career Highlights

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

Actors

Music

Lyrics

Pianists

Bands

VoiceS

VIntage Influences

Catskill Mountains

Escape

My baby grand piano

possession

Orange

color

Old Fashioned

Cocktail

Masala Chai

Beverage

Toast with Butter

Food

Hiking & Yoga

ActivitY

Sunday in the Park with George

Musical

The Hummingbird's Daughter

book

These are a few of My Favorite things...

A stitch or two from my time-travel log:

Take a peak!

The Team who makes me
look & sound my best

The Team who makes me look & sound my best

"But us, old friends,
What's to discuss,
old friends?
Here's to us!
Who's like us?"

Composer, people person, copywriter, and coffee addict

Lecco Morris

Vocalist, educator, banjoist, and tea fiend

Kimberly Hawkey

Pianist, arranger, bandleader, and hummus connoisseur

Assaf Gleizner

damn few!

Lyricist, old soul, machinist, and orchard keeper

Justin K. Rivers

Photographer, visual consultant, guitar god

Drew Bordeaux

Wardrobe stylist, stage director, and cat mom

Claudia Stefany

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

Priscilla Perez

This gal doesn't go it alone

A shoutout to the other Incredible artists
featured on this site:

- Stephen Sondheim