DON'T try to pigeonhole composer, pianist and singer Fiona Joy's style.
Take her song Grace, for example.
The song has an Indian flavour on the Grammy award winning album Winds of Samara, flautist Sherry Finzer's version is slow and ambient, there is Fiona's slow vocal romantic style and the Kendall songstress and her son Nick Hawkins combined to create a yet to be released chilled beat box rendition.
"I love to explore the options with music and different directions," Fiona says.
Life was busy with parenthood but Fiona Joy, previously known as Fiona Joy Hawkins, never gave up on her childhood dream of becoming a concert pianist and composer.
Fiona already had a body of work when, at the insistence of her mother, she first stepped into a recording studio at age 38.
She has been making up for lost time ever since.
Fiona, with her independent indie label, set her own career direction until six months ago.
She recently signed with Blue Coast Records, a content partner with Sony, and aligned herself with the audio file market which she believes is the future direction of the music industry.
Fiona's latest CD, Signature Solo, comes out in April, and she is recording Signature Synchronicity and writing a new album.
Signature Synchronicity is a Port Macquarie collaboration bringing together music, art and video in an art gallery installation.
Fiona is teaming up with video company The BIG Movie Company and artist Leanne Prussing.
"I just love the collaboration of music and art," she says. "We all work together and feed off each other."
Fiona hit the headlines when Winds of Samara, a collaborative album with Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej on which she wrote the song Grace, took out the Best New Age Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards earlier this month.
There have been five offers for concerts in the past week alone.
Fiona is based in Kendall and she wouldn't have it any other way.
"All I need is a piano, the internet and an airport," says the performer for whom overseas travel is a regular feature.
"I feel incredibly blessed to live in Kendall."
The Camden Haven town is a beautiful place with great weather and great people, she says.
A passion for music fuels Fiona's career.
"I've never been seeking fame or fortune," she says.
"It's the passion for music and enough success that I can remain in the industry in a viable way."
Fiona has played more than 140 concerts in entertainment centres and theatres across the USA, Australia and Canada with venues spanning the Sydney Opera House to the Halifax Entertainment Centre and The Duplex in New York.
"For me, it has just been a smile a minute," she says.WATCH the VIDEO of Grace
five artists for $72.00+ $12 Postage
And receive FREE
Award winning album
Portrait of a Waterfall
by Fiona Joy Hawkins
This offer also includes a FREE
6 CD table-top stand
Phone: +61 0428 637 498
The group has an eclectic and musically diverse range of experience that includes World music, jazz rhythms and classical influences. Blue Dream spans genres, styles and has no pigeon hole. There is NO sounds like..
Fiona Joy Hawkins
Fiona has four award winning albums Portrait of a Waterfall, Angel Above My Piano, ICE Piano Slightly Chilled and Blue Dream. She has charted at #1 on the New Age Reporter International Radio Charts achieving the highest ranking in the history of the charts, been an ARIA Finalist, won the ZMR Album of the Year, Best Piano Album (twice) and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Best Dance/Dub/Club Album as well as winning the Music OZ Award for Best Classical/Jazz Artist in 2008. She has had over 37 nominations in Indie Artist Awards across 9 countries.
Fionas recent album Blue Dream was produced by Grammy winner Will Ackerman (Founder of Windham Hill) and has been released on the ABC label. She is the first Independent Australian artist to release a 5.1 multichannel super audio CD and will be recording a new CD for early 2011 to be recorded on a Stuart and Sons piano in Newcastle.
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
15th October 2009
FIONA JOY HAWKINS RECEIVES ARIA NOMINATION AND IS ON THE GRAMMY BALLOT PAPERS
Australian musician Fiona Joy Hawkins is a star on the rise with a nomination for Best Album (Blue Dream) in the World Music category in this year’s ARIA Awards plus the album and songs from it are on the Grammy Ballot papers in five categories: Best Instrumental Composition, Best Surround Sound, Best New Age Album, Best Pop Instrumental and Best Engineer.
Blue Dream was released by ABC Music in April and features a guest performance from Luka Bloom. This is Fiona’s fourth album. It was upon hearing her earlier music that legendary Grammy Award winning musician Will Ackerman contacted Fiona and asked if she’d like to record her next album at his studio in Vermont. The result has been a phenomenally successful album that just continues to receive high praise.