Please meet Fiona Joy Hawkins. She's finding calm, beauty and unity in the world we’re facing in 2020.
Fiona joined host Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino on The Best Ever You Show to chat about her new album and how she has adjusted her life and concerts during 2020.
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You could call it Explore the NOW. Fiona’s recently released, Moving Through Worlds, is a timely tribute to something brighter and lighter, something that brings some ease to the weary listener, who is seeking feelings of harmony and simple respite from our troubled world. Moving Through Worlds features 4 songs she wrote earlier this year, as the Australian Bushfires crept toward her rural home in Kendall, NSW Australia. She marketed them as fundraisers for Brushfire firefighters and wildlife rescue. When the fires gave way to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiona wrote more songs and released Moving Through Worlds on July 7.
Fiona says, “I believe music is a gift from another world, from ancestors of the past communicating to inspire and give us hope. Music is a universal language that connects us without prejudice, it speaks to us all equally, yet is received with great variation. Now, more than ever, we need the connection to our past to find the pathway to our future.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down travel and many entertainment venues, Fiona is exploring the NOW. Not one to back down, she has been streaming weekly live concerts via Facebook from her grand piano in the living room of her home in a small village in rural Australia. Thousands of followers are tuning in each week. This also is raising funds for the Australia brushfire relief efforts. Fiona defies genre by bringing classical, contemporary piano, ethereal vocals, and lush new age instrumentals together to create a sound that is uniquely her own. You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/fionajoyhawkinsmusic
She’s been rewarded with over 100 awards and nominations. Her song ‘Grace’ was on a GRAMMY® winning album in 2014. In 2016, she won two categories of the Independent Music Awards at Lincoln Centre in New York; since 2008’s Blue Dream, several albums have won Best Piano Album by global radio chart, The ZMR Awards. She has performed in Los Angeles at the Mason and Hamlin Piano Festival, three times at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Sydney Opera House and has played with music group FLOW at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.