Songwriter & Blues Powerhouse from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
WINNER: MRU Awards 2102 BEST BLUES/ROCK ACT
NOMINEE: MRU Awards 2012 BEST SINGLE
NOMINEE: BRITISH BLUES AWARD 2013 BEST ORIGINAL SONGWRITER
“Belfast’s Hoochie Coochie Woman”
Affectionately given the name “Mama” for her big powerhouse voice & dedication to supporting local talent, Kaz formally “Mama Kaz” can turn her talents to many different projects & genre’s. In 2012 alone she released her solo EP alongside her Mama Kaz Band single, created her very own blues hub called Mama Kaz Blues Cafe, developed an artistic calender which is sponsored by The Modern Art Gallery and is in the beginnings of writing a book & to top 2012 off won an award. A task but Kaz says “Having many sides just means I have more to share with my fans plus I live eat and sleep music”
Mostly underground for years as a secret songwriter, Kaz is now well known on the scene in Northern Ireland. With support slots with international artists such as Van Morrison (Northern Ireland/Usa) Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson( Ireland/Australia) Chris Farlowe (UK) . Kaz has also performed as guest vocal alongside legends such as Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy) “The Professor” Pat McManus (Mama’s Boys). Locally called “A Vocal Force” on stage, she envelops the fighting spirit of a true powerhouse singer.
2013 will see not only the release of her long awaited Debut Album but will introduce fans to a NEW Kaz with the ending of using “Mama Kaz” as her stage name to Kaz Hawkins, she will be dabbling in different genre’s throughout the year and some exciting new collaborations are on the way as she has made the decision to give up her award winning Mama Kaz Band in order to focus on her songwriting 100%.
Kaz is preparing the way for a brand new sound in 2013 that will surprise fans for as she says, “I’m giving back to music it’s been a force of nature for me and I have to give back to it, I wouldn’t be here without music, it saved my life and I’ve been waiting for years to explore music, I thrive on that”
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