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It may come as a surprise to fans of wonderfully talented musician Anna Hawkins that she’s never undertaken a solo-tour before. That’s going to change this month.
In celebration of the Tauranga singer/songwriter’s new album ‘Bold, Brave & Beautiful’, Anna is hitting the road for a 12-show tour of New Zealand which will see her perform at Tauranga’s Holy Trinity Church on March 25.
“I’m pretty excited to finally share the music with everyone and I think it’s great I get to perform it live,” says Anna. “My Taranga show will be slightly different because it’s be in partnership with Waipuna Hospice and is called ‘Songbirds – Sisters Take Flight’.
“My sister Lisa, who also appears on my new album, and I will be performing with a live band. So I’m definitely looking forward to coming home to perform.”
Recorded in Poland, ‘Bold, Brave & Beautiful’isAnna’s third studio album, which she says is about her being brave to experiment musically again, to embrace change and enjoy the ride.
Anna also flexes her muscles as a songwriter on ‘Bold, Brave & Beautiful’, with six of the 12 tracks that appear on the album her own original songs.
“I’ve been performing, semi-professionally and professionally, since I was about seven, and was so busy performing with orchestras and musical theatre, I never thought about songwriting. But in my 20’s I started getting song ideas, started writing them down and recording them on my phone.
“Then I realised ‘this is me too’.”
Of the six originals which appear on this new album, she says the song ‘What If’isthe “closest, most personal” to her.
“It’s a heart-on-my-sleeve song that’s got a two-fold meaning. It’s a song about my relationship with God, and at the same time it’s about my relationship with my husband.
“Basically it’s about being vulnerable to share your heart and to share who you are completely, let down all your defences, let down all your guards. So for that reason it’s really personal.”
Anna Hawkin’s new album ‘Bold, Brave & Beautiful’is set for release on March 17. To preorder the album or for more information about Anna’s upcoming tour, visit: www.annahawkins.com
‘Songbirds – Sisters Take Flight’ with Anna and Lisa Hawkins takes to the stage at Holy Trinity Church in Tauranga on Saturday, March 25, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost $40 for adults and $20 for students from waipuna-hospice.co.nz
The Weekend Sun has one double pass and a copy of ‘Bold, Brave & Beautiful’ to give away to one lucky reader who can tell us the name of the song on Anna’s new album which is the “closest, most personal” to her?
Entries must be received by Wednesday, March 8.