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Sophie B. Hawkins Shines Bright at City Winery: A Night of Timeless Hits and New Beginnings

Photo: Ehud Lazin

Sophie B. Hawkins returned to the stage at City Winery in NYC on May 28, 2024, delivering a performance that was both nostalgic and refreshingly contemporary. With a career spanning over three decades, Hawkins has long been a distinctive voice in the music industry, known for her passionate delivery and genre-blending sound. 2024 has been a vibrant year for Hawkins, marked by the release of her latest album "True Romance," which continues to showcase her ability to evolve while staying true to her roots.

The evening kicked off with "Right Beside You," setting an upbeat tone that had the audience immediately engaged. Hawkins's voice, as powerful and emotive as ever, filled the intimate venue, reminding everyone why her music has endured. This was followed by "Don't Don't Tell Me No," a track that highlighted her lyrical depth and unique vocal timbre.

One of the most poignant moments of the night came with "As I Lay Me Down." The song, a massive hit in the 90s, remains a timeless ballad, and Hawkins's delivery was nothing short of mesmerizing. The crowd, many of whom had clearly followed her career for years, sang along, creating a communal atmosphere that was both touching and exhilarating.

Photos: Ehud Lazin

Hawkins didn't just rely on her past hits; she also introduced newer material like "True Romance" and "Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty)." These songs showcased her continued relevance and ability to craft compelling music that resonates with both long-time fans and new listeners. The new song, which she humorously introduced as a work in progress, hinted at exciting directions for her future work.

Her performance of "Mr. Tugboat Hello" and "Swing From Limb to Limb (My Home Is in Your Jungle)" brought an infectious energy, as Hawkins danced across the stage, her joy and enthusiasm palpable. "Did We Not Choose Each Other" and "Love Yourself" were delivered with a heartfelt sincerity, underscoring themes of love, self-acceptance, and resilience that have always been central to her music.

The evening reached its peak with "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," the song that catapulted Hawkins to fame. The raw emotion and powerful vocal delivery reminded everyone why this song remains a defining moment in her career.

In between songs, Hawkins shared stories and insights into her life and music, creating a warm and intimate connection with the audience. Her humor, authenticity, and evident love for performing made the evening feel like a gathering of old friends rather than just a concert.

Sophie B. Hawkins's performance at City Winery was a masterclass in musical storytelling and emotional connection. It was a testament to her enduring talent and the timelessness of her music. As she continues to create and perform, there's no doubt that Hawkins will remain a beloved figure in the music world, captivating audiences with her unique blend of passion, artistry, and authenticity. We love her.



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