Role in Ja­pan se­cured as first al­bum put out


Matamata Chronicle - - News - By STEVE ED­WARDS

Waikato-born singer Anna Hawkins, who re­ceived all her singing train­ing in Mata­mata, has sched­uled a Hamil­ton show to co­in­cide with the launch of her first full-length stu­dio al­bum.

The 25- year- old, who at­tended Ki­witahi School near Mor­rinsville and St Peter’s School near Cam­bridge, re­cently re­leased Jour­ney On.

It was recorded in Poland and Lon­don last year with ac­claimed producers Pawel Zarecki, Ross Cul­lum (Enya) and Sandy McLel­land. Fea­tur­ing both orig­i­nal songs and cov­ers, Hawkins said the al­bum had been in­flu­enced by clas­si­cal, con­tem­po­rary, Celtic and film mu­sic. A self-con­fessed per­fec­tion­ist, Hawkins said she is proud of the project.

She ‘‘did ev­ery­thing’’ in mak­ing the al­bum hap­pen, in­clud­ing all fund­ing, vo­cals and pro­duc­tion.

Record­ing an al­bum was ‘‘to­tally dif­fer­ent’’ from live shows, with one song tak­ing three to four hours to get down on tape. Mix­ing and mas­ter­ing was com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary, with shows co­in­cid­ing with the al­bum re­lease in Hamil­ton ( St Paul’s Col­le­giate King’s Chapel, Novem­ber 15), Tau- ranga and Auck­land.

In De­cem­ber, Hawkins has the ‘‘in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity’’ to per­form the lead role of Chris­tine in Ken Hill’s Phan­tom of the Opera in Ja­pan. When plan­ning her New Zealand tour in July, she was con­tacted by the mu­si­cal’s pro­duc­tion com­pany and asked to au­di­tion ‘‘now’’.

She sang into an iPhone and was signed up for 18 shows in Tokyo through De­cem­ber be­fore re­turn­ing for sum­mer en­gage­ments in New Zealand.

Phan­tom of the Opera crew from New Zealand and the United King­dom will re­hearse in Auck­land at the end of Novem­ber.

Hawkins last ap­peared on stage in the lead role in Miss Saigon at Bay­court The­atre in Tau­ranga in 2010. Pre­par­ing for Ja­pan she is learn­ing ma­te­rial, train­ing her voice and go­ing to the gym.

The al­bum is on sale at The Ware­house and JB HiFi stores, as well as Wal­lace Gallery in Mor­rinsville or an­na­


New al­bum: Anna Hawkins, has re­cently re­leased her al­bum Jour­ney On.

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