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Up In the Sky

by Annie Hawkins

Lush rocktronic rhythms with ambient folk melodies and lyrics; "listen in my car all the time to Annie's new music..."
Genre: Pop: California Pop
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1. Downstairs
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2. Everybody Wants
2:51 $0.99
3. Tin Body
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4. Up In the Sky
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5. China Goods
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6. So Long Gone
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7. Tangent
3:56 $0.99
8. Charm
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9. Lights On
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10. Don't Forget
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11. She is the Sun
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12. You Should Want More
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Annie Hawkins

Annie Hawkins has been songwriting since she was twelve. Banging away on the piano and singing at the top of her lungs. She transferred later her song writing practices on the guitar. She found more inspiration in writing with the guitar, due to her influences. In her late teens, she fell in love with Joni Mitchell, Ani Difranco, and Tori Amos. They were people whom she wanted to emulate.

Around the same time, she went off to music school where she studied guitar with an emphasis on jazz. She copied styles of Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Paul Desmond, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, mostly importantly, Emily Remler. All this expanded her pallet for her canvasses on which she would write. In Boston while attending Berklee College of Music, she played guitar in a dominantly female funk rock hybrid band.

Annie later transferred to the University of Arizona, where she studied under Jeff Haskell. It was a unique experience, to learn from a pianist, sounding out complex chords by ear, to transfer on guitar. There she played in jazz trios and quartets around the Tucson area. Jeff Haskell set her up to record her songs in the UA studio. There she made her first CD. With that she performed in New York and New Jersey venues, as well as Tucson.

Later she formed a trio with bassist Brandon Gonzales, and drummer Davie Murray. Together they made her second CD produced by Jim Waters. With that they toured the west coast and performed in the club and college circuits. They also played at the EAT EM, and LMNOP, music conferences. She has performed with Groove Collective, Richard Buckner, Melissa Ferrick, Rachael Sage, and Jem. Annie has won TAMMIE awards for best female vocalist, acoustic guitarist as well as best pop band in Tucson.

Annie has made two other albums along the way. Each one has a different personality. Looking back the lyrics represent the struggles of identity and purpose in this addictive world of love and fear. She tries to determine the relationship with herself through relationships to others and the environments around her.

Annie has been teaching guitar for twelve years. She began teaching at a music camp called the National Guitar Summer Workshop. In Tucson she gives private lessons, mostly to really awesome kids, but anyone is welcome. This is where she feels like she is giving back what she has learned with the talents she has been given. She also taught a rock camp session at the Prime School in Tucson. Again this was one of the more fulfilling times of her career. It is wonderful to watch the ways in which music moves people.



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Extraordinary masterpiece!!!
This is, by far, one of the best releases (major and *minor*) I've heard in a long while. Listening to it brings one of those rare moments when one wants to never stop playing this CD, but hit the repeat-button over and over again...

Chad Seeba

Excellent CD; A "Must Have" in your music library
The sound quality of the cd is exceptional, and vocals are awesome. The more you listen to the cd, the harder it is to turn it off and get out of the car.
This is a cd that you will not borrow to your friends, you will tell them to go buy one as you will not leave home without it.


Great songs for everybody
This is one of the most creative CDs I've ever listened to. The songs are eclectic and innovative and there is no mediocre track on the record. I love it and if you like brilliant folk-pop, you will too.

Downtown Tucsonan

Annie Hawkins suceeds in making a truly new sound
This June, local singer/songwriter Annie Hawkins released her fourth album, Up In The Sky. It is one of those rare albums where every song is both unique from and as good as the next one. Hawkins extends her musical potential all over the map, creating a collection of songs that range from the sadly beautiful “Tin Body”, to the electronic, harder edged, “Tangent” and “So Long Gone”, to the pop/rock, upbeat title track.

Hawkins has commented that she’s more of a songwriter than a singer, but this album shows her abounding gifts as a singer – belting out songs with strength and range.
The album is reminiscent of, among others, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLaughlin, Garbage, Aimee Mann and early Liz Phair. While she kind of reminds you of these artists, Up In The Sky fails to be like any other singer or band. Hawkins has succeeded in making that rare mark of a truly new sound.

Jessica Monthony

This is a really beautiful CD that I listen to all the time. The lyrics are great, and there is a lot of variation in tone and mood throughout the album. Annie Hawkins has an amazing voice. I highly recomend it!