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Busy calendar: Fiona Joy with her much-loved Stuart & Sons concert grand piano. Photo - PETER GLEESON

Song on Grammy Album

Kendall artist Fiona Joy has song ‘Grace’ on Grammy Winning Album

Busy calendar: Fiona Joy with her much-loved Stuart & Sons concert grand piano. Photo - PETER GLEESON

Busy calendar: Fiona Joy with her much-loved Stuart & Sons concert grand piano. Photo – PETER GLEESON

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.

Busy calendar: Fiona Joy with her much-loved Stuart & Sons concert grand piano.

Busy calendar: Fiona Joy with her much-loved Stuart & Sons concert grand piano.

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


Fiona Joy Hawkins


November: Sydney – The Basement 21st Nov 2010 (see below)

FIONA JOY HAWKINS & BLUE DREAM + guest performance by WILL ACKERMAN (USA – Windham Hill) *8:30PM START*

Blue Dream is a group of musicians with a diverse range of styles and improvisational skills that brings to life the musical compositions of Fiona Joy Hawkins.

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.

BLUE DREAM began as the most ambitious project of my entire career and resulted in one of the most remarkable collaborations this genre has ever known.  Blue Dream is unique and Im as proud of it as anything Ive ever worked on in my 35 year career of Grammy Awards and gold/ platinum records.
..Will Ackerman     (Founder Windham Hill Records) Windham County, Vermont 2008

The mood on BLUE DREAM ranges from vibrant to sensual to haunting Hawkins stellar musical vision on this project is worthy of great praise. She wowed us with her 2007 release ICE Piano Slightly Chilled, and with BLUE DREAM Fiona Joy Hawkins enters the realm of masterful…Sandy Shore.

Fiona Joy Hawkins is internationally regarded as one of the finest artists on the New Age/Ambient Music scene.  Blue Dream (the album) represents the very best of this music genre and follows in the great tradition of artists such as George Winston. This beautifully crafted album has already been hailed in the US as a work of pure genius.……ABC Music

Will Ackerman         has performed at The Imperial Palace in Tokyo, The Kremlin, The Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks, Ravinia and Wolf Trap. Will is the founder of Windham Hill Records, the producer of artists George Winston, Michael Hedges, Liz Story and Alex de Grassi and has received numerous Platinum and Gold Record awards. He has been profiled in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone and People Magazine.

Wills latest recording, RETURNING, won a Grammy Award in 2005.

Ackermans pieces have that timeless introspection that has made his music so enduring. BILLBOARD

Band Members
Fiona Joy Hawkins.     Piano, Composition, Vocals
Rebecca Daniel.         Violin, Vocals, Arrangement
Andy Busuttil              Percussion, Wind Instruments, Vocals
Dave Ellis                   Double Bass
John Napier                Cello

Rebecca Daniel
While at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Rebecca Daniel studied with Emanuel Hurwitz and the Amadeus String Quartet; and performed chamber music throughout the UK. After being invited to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra, she discovered the joys of Musical Theatre and was the orchestra leader for Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty & the Beast and The Sound of Music; she played in West Side Story and A Little Night Music.

She has performed, toured and recorded with some extraordinary musicians including John Denver, Bread, John Farnham, INXS, Anthony Warlow, Shirley Bassey and Barbra Streisand; and has also recorded many movie soundtracks, such as Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge. And now Rebecca is a member of Blue Dream with Fiona Joy Hawkins

Andy Busuttil
Andy Busuttil         is a renowned Australian transcultural musician. He has performed at major festivals and with many musicians from a wide range of genres. One of his most recent passions is in exploring the place of his origin, the Islands of the Maltese Archipelago.  Andy uses this influence along with his improvisational skills on voice, clarinet, saxillo (hybrid clarinet/Hungarian Tarratato) and percussion with Blue Dream and the influences from street vendors and ghanejja Bormliza of Malta, to the sinuous wind players of the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia Minor and the percussionists of the Middle East, Greece, Macedonia and Turkey have found a new and welcome home in Fionas compositions.

“Musicians like Andy Busuttil         are the heart and soul of music. Like all similarly besotted passionate souls , he plays, not for monetary gain or from a desire to feed his ego, but because he loves his music, he believes music is a common language that can bind us all closer together as human beings, and because he just plain bloody well enjoys it.! And he tries to communicate this passion and this sense of sharing and communication with his audiences in his performances. Andy may well be singing in Turkish, Kurdish, or whatever, but really he is singing in the common language of humanity – compassion, honesty, joy. What more can you want from music?”…….. Eric Bogle

Dave Ellis
In a playing career which has spanned nearly 50 years, Dave has been a member of the Western Australian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Sydney Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, various freelance Orchestras, Jazz, Rock, Country Music, Cabaret, Experimental groups and now, the contemporary Flamenco group, Arrebato Ensemble.

He has played the Sydney and some national seasons of  many Music Theatre and Stage productions, and has also played for hundreds of Record Albums/CDs, Film Scores Television shows and Jingles/Commercials.

Dave has performed in Concert and  Cabaret with artists including Peggy Lee, George Benson, Antony and the Johnsons, Eartha Kitt, Al Jareau, Milt Jackson, Phil Woods, Sir George Martin, Tim Draxl, Julie Anthony, Val Doonican, David Campbell and has been Bassist for Maestro Tommy Tycho for more than 35 years, and now with Fiona Joy Hawkins in Blue Dream.

John Napier
John has a doctorate in Musicology from UNSW, where he lectures full time. His performing life is extremely varied and has included classical, rock and pop gigs and recordings. He is especially known for his work with the Institute of Eastern Music and his improvisations with performers of traditional Indian music. He has performed in the U.S, Italy, Japan and India and has appeared with various groups such as The Mambologists, Southern Crossings, The One Extra Dance Company, and with Robyn Archer at the Sydney Opera House, and now with Fiona Joy Hawkins in Blue Dream

Gen. admission Standing: $35.00 + booking fee
(purchase online at the bottom of this page)

Dinner & Show tickets: $83.80 per person
Dinner & Show tickets include entry, seating and a 2 course meal (entree & main, 4 choices for each). Dinner & Show tickets are only available by phone.
Call the Basement Box Office to book on (612) 9251 2797 (Mon – Fri 10 am – 5:30 pm)


(Applies to both Standing and Dinner sales)
Please ensure you bring photo ID as proof of age
A booking fee applies to all advance tickets. [All quoted prices include tax].
Restaurant Opening times: Mon to Fri: Lunch from midday to 2.00 pm, Dinner from 7.30 pm. Sat & Sun: Dinner from 7.30 pm
Bistro: Open til late for the best light meals, late night suppers and coffees in town.
Dress: Smart/Casual at Manager’s discretion.

Blue Dream - Fiona Joy Hawkins

Fiona Joy Hawkins Receives Aria Nomination And Is On The Grammy Ballot Papers

15th October 2009


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.

Fiona is a classically trained pianist who draws upon a number of styles and influences from classical to world rhythms, jazz and New Age to create her own musical tapestry that is spiritually evocative and intimate.

Fiona will be making a rare concert appearance at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, at 7.30pm, Friday November 20th. The concert will include a talk from Robin Howat a music therapist from Nordoff-Robbins about the power of music and its healing and health benefits.

This is fantastic opportunity to catch Fiona in concert and hear what all the excitement is about. Fiona will be joined on stage by Rebecca Daniel on violin, Patricia McMeekin on cello, Andy Busuttil on clarinet, saxillo and percussion.

Fiona received the 2008 MusicOz winner for Best Classical/Jazz Artist. She released her first independent album Portrait Of A Waterfall in 2005. Veteran New Age Music critic Bill Binkelman said of her latest album Blue Dream “[for] devotees of contemporary piano and ensemble recordings [Blue Dream] sets a new standard of emotional depth, production quality, and musical variety.”

All of Fiona’s albums have received critical acclaim with numerous awards and nominations including two for the 2007 LA Music Awards.

Fiona Joy Hawkins, Power of Music, A Concert for Wellbeing
Friday 20 November, 2009 at 7.30pm
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
597 High Street, Penrith

Ticket prices: $22; $18 conc.

Bookings:- Box Office Ph: 4723-7600 or online at:


For more information contact:
Morag White
PR Manager The Music Sales Group 8252 6207