Sophie B. Hawkins | Betchya Got A Cure

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Betchya Got A Cure

by Sophie B. Hawkins

"Betchya Got A Cure" is an emotional anthem about the lack of integrity and "eating your own" in this country for a buck.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Betchya Got A Cure" and Sophie's upcoming album, "Heart and Soul of a Woman" is in many ways the culmination of Sophie B. Hawskin’s life-long apprenticeship in creative transcendence. Hawkins grew up in a colorful but troubled New York family and found an outlet for her yearning and imagination in music at 14 years old, Drawn to the intensity and spell of rhythm, she left home then and moved in with her African Drum teacher Godson, and African master drummer Babutune
Olatunji, to learn, eat and breathe music. She entered the rarified realm of female percussionists, playing with a
number of artists including Bryan Ferry, until she literally found the strength of her own voice. In 1992, she cut
her first demo as a singer, and it would go on to become the international hit single, “Damn I Wish I Was Your
Lover,” showcasing the tough-yet-tender, movingly transparent vocals that would become her trademark.

Her first album, Tongues and Tails, full of primal, fiery pop, was an immediate success, earning her a
Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist.” Hawkins followed that with Whaler, which featured the smash ballad,
“As I Lay Me Down,” which remains the longest-running hit single in the Billboard charts in American history.
The album, as equally gutsy as her first yet an atmospheric departure, sealed her rising reputation for musical
breadth and lyrical depth.

Hawkins’ third album, Timbre, in which she broke out into a more earthy, stripped-back sound that
aimed at the core of her personal expression, was released in 1999. In a move toward artistic independence,
Hawkins worked out an arrangement that would allow her to leave her label while retaining the masters to
Timbre. She re-released the album on her newly born label Trumpet Swan Productions – then hit the road, on
her own this time, just Sophie and her band touring the country in a station wagon.

2004’s Wilderness saw Hawkins diving into a jazzier style for what would become her most musically
layered and emotionally complex album yet, and the first recorded entirely in her Los Angeles home studio.
Playfully exploring a collage of musical influences and her own multi-instrumental talents, Hawkins played guitar,
cello, keyboard, drums and a variety of exotic percussion on a recording Rolling Stone singled out for its “dreamy
charm.”

The roiling energy and close intimacy of Hawkins’ live shows was captured in 2006’s Bad Kitty Board
Mix, a two-disc set recorded in Seattle. Spotlighting her improvisational instincts, Hawkins says she wanted this
live album to be something different, “not just the songs you already know, but what they become in front of you,
totally raw, exposed and new every night.”

In 2008, Hawkins’ life took one of its most dramatic and enlarging turns yet, as she became the proud
mother of a son, Dashiell, now only 14 months old. “Becoming a mother gave me an amazing new perspective
on being an artist,” she muses. “There’s an immense amount of truth and honesty and presence that comes out
in our relationship. It’s a constant reminder that the most beautiful thing you can ever do for another person is to
fully, passionately and fearlessly express yourself and what you believe in.”

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