Hawkins, a Grammy-nominatedÂ singer-songwriter who, along with a live backing band, will interpret and perform classic Joplin music, plus some original songs composed byÂ Hawkins.
It achieved both worldwide commercial success and critical acclaim, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1993.
The bisexual pop singer with sometimes-vociferous political views celebrates a birthday today but that’s just one reason to celebrate her. If you’re as old as me, you’ll remember the thrilling goose bump-inducing moment when “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” started playing on radios.
The song, about wanting to rescue that battered straight girl, became an instantaneous lesbian hit with lyrics like “Do such things to ease your pain/Free your mind and you won't feel ashamed.” Why?
As Out talked with the songstress about her upcoming album, Dream Street and Chance, and a musical she's written, it became apparent that the Hawkins of 2010 is much more reflective and free, but she still refuses to hold back and be silenced; especially when it comes to politics. That's another reason why I think I'm lighter now than I used to be. It's very much getting back to my roots of Tongues and Tails. Dream Street and Chance is where I guess I am standing -- on the corner of Dream Street and Chance. All artists seem to say that when they have a new album.
She's withstood the damaged childhood courtesy of two alcoholic parents. I'm happier overall just because I've come to accept so many things. In '95, I never would've thought that I could write a musical and keep my writing process from my album going because they're so different. The process for me with this musical was that I worked really hard on a couple songs, got the approval that I wasn't going to be fired, and then moved to the album. I'd finish a song for the musical, which is always an intense process, and then I'd say, 'OK, now I've got to do my album -- where am I at? One day I woke up, and I remember thinking, 'I've got to work on the song with Mary Steenburgen [who cowrote one of the songs on the upcoming album].' So, I got up and worked on that. It has a lot of different styles, but it's very emotion based. I like it because it comes from one of the songs called "Dream Street and Chance." It's a song about New York and revisiting my mother and having a walk with her in the park.