Role in Japan secured as first album put out
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 annahawkins.co.nz
New album: Anna Hawkins, has recently released her album Journey On.