Kimberly Hawkey presents Elvanelle: Time-Traveling Song. The 6-piece band performs songs and stories from Hollywood, vaudeville, folk, jazz and vintage pop music.
Kimberly is a 29-year old with an affinity for vintage jazz. She grew up in Schenectady's Stockade District where sounds of her piano playing would drift through the centuries-old streets. She attended Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School, loved classical music and Broadway, and attributes some of that love to her show-going experiences at Proctor’s. It wasn’t until her time at Fordham College Lincoln Center that she began to pay attention to jazz music; namely of the traditional variety pre-dating the 1950’s. According to Kimberly, this was a time when jazz music was synonymous with popular music - It was the preferred sound of “hep” Americans in both black and white communities. Kimberly’s love for swing and her desire to emulate the sounds of great American jazz stylists brought her to the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA in 2013. She recalls being shocked when returning home with the Gold Medal and Johnny Mercer Award for her performances in Jazz, Folk, Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Pop and Classical styles. Her competitors were mostly conservatory-trained singers at the highest professional level, but lucky for her, the judges valued authenticity, storytelling and connection as well as technique. Kimberly returned home from her victory to begin a two-year shift from non-profit arts administrator to self-employed musician, teacher, writer and producer. Since 2013, she has performed throughout the US with her band, The Swingaroos. She taught and sang while living in Westchester, Rockland and NYC before relocating to the Catskill high peaks. Today, Kimberly prepares for the launch of her new business, Elvanelle Music.