Kirsty Hawkshaw

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Kirsty Hawkshaw
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Background information
Born (1969-10-26) 26 October 1969 (age 44)
London, UK
Genres Progressive trance, vocal trance, progressive house, drum and bass, ambient
Occupations Singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Singing, synthesizers
Years active 1991–present
Labels Coalition/EastWest, Mainline/EMI, Nettwerk, Magnatune
Associated acts Opus III, Pulusha, Warm
Website www.kirstyhawkshaw.co.uk

Kirsty Hawkshaw (born 26 October 1969 in London, UK) is an English dance/electronica/house/trance musician and songwriter. In addition to her work as a solo artist, she is known as the lead vocalist of the 1992-94 group Opus III, and her collaborative work with other musicians and producers.

Career[edit]

Kirsty Hawkshaw is the daughter of the British production music/film music composer and disco record producer Alan Hawkshaw and his German- born wife, Christiane Bieberbach.[1]

At a rave event in 1991 she was noticed by producers Ian Munro, Kevin Dobbs and Nigel Walton, who at the time were known as A.S.K., an offshoot of The Spiral Tribe. It was through this meeting that they would form a dance act called Opus III. Their first single, a cover version of the song "It's a Fine Day" from their debut album Mind Fruit was an international success and Top 10 hit on UK Singles Chart,[2] and reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1992. A reversed sample of Hawkshaw's singing from this track was used in the Orbital track "Halcyon," the music video for which featured Hawkshaw. Opus III also had another US #1 hit on the same chart in 1994 with "When You Made The Mountain", from their second and final album, Guru Mother.

After the group broke up in 1994, Hawkshaw pursued a solo career and since then has been in demand by other acts in the dance, house, Eurodance, trance, and electronica community, ranging from Tiësto to Delerium to BT. In a 2009 interview, she later recalled her decision to end her association with Opus III, in which she felt that she did not want to be part of a "commercialized" act and wanted to go in a different direction, plus she was having internal problems with the band members over having more input in writing and production.[3]

In addition to dance music, Hawkshaw also recorded an ambient, ethereal album in 1999, 'Enlightenment', which remains unreleased.[citation needed] Her solo effort, "Fine Day", peaked at #62 in the UK Singles Chart in November 2002.[4]

On 10 October 2005, she released Meta-Message, a collection of older and newer songs, after a growing interest in her out of print album, O.U.T.. In early 2006, she appeared on the Fragma single "Radio Waves".

Hawkshaw also contributed a track titled "Telephone Song", to the children's album For the Kids Too!, released in 2004.

She runs a club in Second Life called 'Club Connected' and has built a virtual pub.

The record label, Magnatune, released her ambient album, The Ice Castle.

Collaborations[edit]

  • 1992 "It's a Fine Day" - (with Opus III)
  • 1996 "Valencia" - (with Rachid Taha)
  • 1997 "Isolation" - (with Pulusha)
  • 1998 "State of Grace" - (with Swayzak)
  • 1999 "Stereo" - (with Stereo People)
  • 2000 "Dreaming" - (with BT) - UK #38[4]
  • 2000 "Running Down the Way Up" - (with BT & Hybrid)
  • 2000 "Nature's Kingdom" - (with Delerium)
  • 2000 "Inner Sanctum" - (with Delerium)
  • 2000 "Where the Sidewalk Ends" - (with Silent Poets)
  • 2000 "Visions" - (with Ian Pooley)
  • 2000 "Hidden Agenda" - (with Sandor Caron)
  • 2001 "Stealth" - (with Way Out West) - UK #67
  • 2001 "Battleship Grey" - (with Tiësto)
  • 2001 "Urban Train" - (with Tiësto) - UK #22[4]
  • 2002 "Underwater Lady" - (with Harmonic 33)
  • 2003 "Calling You" - (with Ikon)
  • 2003 "Blackout" - (with Hybrid)
  • 2004 "Just Be" - (with Tiësto) - UK #43[4]
  • 2004 "Walking on Clouds" - (with Tiësto)
  • 2004 "Sincere for You" - (with Lange)
  • 2004 "Don't Sleep Tonight" - (with Clashing Egos)
  • 2004 "Maris Stella" - (with Digitonal)
  • 2005 "Faith in Me" - (with Pole Folder)
  • 2005 "Halcyon and On And On (Live)" - (with Orbital)
  • 2005 "All I Want" - (with Hybrid)
  • 2005 "Reach For Me"
  • 2006 "The Chauffeur" - (with Sleepthief)
  • 2006 "Radio Waves" - (with Fragma)
  • 2006 "Just for Today" - (with Hybrid)
  • 2006 "Fleeting Instant" - (with Delerium)
  • 2006 "Outsiders" - (with Tenishia)
  • 2006 "The Last One and the First" - (with Pentatonik)
  • 2006 "Love is a Rose" - (with Pentatonik)
  • 2006 "Don't Look Behind You" - (with Judie Tzuke)
  • 2006 "Lyteo" - (with Mr. Sam)
  • 2006 "Split" - (with Mr. Sam)
  • 2006 "Insight" - (with Mr. Sam)
  • 2006 "Lodestar" - (with Mr. Sam)
  • 2006 "View to Me" - (with Future Funk Squad)
  • 2007 "Silent Stars" - (with Pole Folder)
  • 2007 "Skimming Stones" - (with Sleepthief)
  • 2007 "Heaven Sent" - (with Andrew Bennett)
  • 2007 "Reasons to Forgive" - (with Tenishia)
  • 2007 "Loverush" - (with Loverush UK!)
  • 2007 "Beatitude" - (with Duderstadt)
  • 2007 "The Phoenix Effect" - (with Delta-S)
  • 2007 "Star·Kindler" - (with Delta-S)
  • 2008 "Juneau / Glaciation" - (with Alaska)
  • 2008 "Love Like Blood / Sunbathing" - (with Outrage and Aperture)
  • 2008 "Love Calls" - (with Headstrong)
  • 2008 "Invisible" - (with Tenishia)
  • 2008 "Love is No Possession" - (with JJoy)
  • 2008 "Fine Day 2008" - (Kirsty Hawkshaw vs. Kinky Roland)
  • 2008 "Good to Be Alive (Healing Angel)" - (Kirsty Hawkshaw vs. Arnold T.)
  • 2008 "Invisible Walls" (collaboration with Nektarios and trance singer Jan Johnston) - (Nektarios meets F-used)
  • 2009 "Face to Face" - (Kirsty Hawkshaw Vs Elucidate)
  • 2010 "A Million Stars" - (with BT)
  • 2010 "Sundog" - (with Alaska)
  • 2010 "One Day" - (with Mr. Sam)
  • 2010 "Two Trees" - (with Ulrich Schnauss)
  • 2011 "Whisper" - (with Blu Mar Ten)
  • 2011 "Back in Time" - (with Liquid Kaos)
  • 2012 "Connected" - (with John B)
  • 2012 "Dawn" - (with Nektarios)
  • 2013 "Let it go" - (with Tobias Zaldua)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Champ (The Hawk Talks), Alan Hawkshaw autobiography, published 2011.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 408. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Kirsty Hawkshaw Interview Part 1 from YouTube
  4. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 246. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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