About Fiona

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Fiona Joy’s music brings back to mind the wonderful years of Windham Hill

David Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of Positive Feedback

Fiona Joy Hawkins is inspired by Mendelssohn, Chopin,  Max Richter and Michael Nyman, and is an Australian Pianist, Composer and Singer.  She enjoys and regularly tours China and the USA and is also a member of the Contemporary instrumental group FLOW (Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster, Will Ackerman).

Fiona Joy is known for ‘Grace’, her song on a Grammy Winning album in 2014 and for her extensive catalogue produced by Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records).  In 2016 she won two categories of the Independent Music Awards at the Lincoln Centre in New York and has been awarded Best Piano Album by International Radio (ZMR Awards) for several of her albums.   Nominated alongside Pete Seeger for Best LIVE Performance Album in the Independent Music Awards,  Fiona was an ARIA Finalist in Australia in 2008.

Fiona works with Australian piano maker Stuart and Sons, and has several albums with Blue Coast Records (content partners with Sony Music for hi-resolution releases) Blue Coast owner/producer Cookie Marenco says, “Fiona’s melodic solo piano and masterful performances are the perfect music to debut the kind of clarity double DSD audio brings to the home listener’.

Living in a small village of 830 people in NSW Australia, Fiona has toured and played around the world at venues like New York’s Carnegie (Weill Hall),  the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Sydney Opera House (MusicOz Awards), a live concert on Echoes/NPR Radio, has accompanied Deepak Chopra in NY,  Mason and Hamlin Piano Festival in LA, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Sydney, Glasshouse Port Macquarie, Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival, Grammy Museum in Los Angeles,  and Halifax Entertainment Centre amongst others.

Fiona Joy Hawkins is best known for her romantic, melodic songs and lush arrangements. A prolific composer, she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images, emotions and tells stories.

Producer of 4 of Fiona’s albums, Will Ackerman, founder of both Windham Hill Records and Imaginary Road Studios, embraced and encouraged Fiona’s music years ago, stating, Fiona’s Blue Dream album was 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 I’m as proud of it as anything I’ve ever worked on in my 35-year career of GRAMMY® Awards and Gold/Platinum records.

As a collaborator, Fiona has worked with Will Ackerman, Lawrence Blatt, T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits), Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Heather Rankin, Charlie Bisharat (Shadowfax), Rebecca Daniel (ACO), Jeff Oster and many others. In 2014, she and Ackerman co-produced the successful debut album of Jennifer DeFrayne, who won Best New Artist in the 2015 ZMR Awards for her album By A Wire.

What I appreciated most was being able to listen and watch Fiona at the piano. The passion and elegance in her performance was breathtaking, as her flawless technique combined with pure emotional expression“. Music Reviewer Michael Diamond

When not recording or touring, Fiona is busy directing the entrepreneurial side of her music business, an effort which is crucial to the success of every independent artist. She manages her growing record label, Little Hartley Music, and promotes Fiona Joy Jewellery, her new line offering the upscale Swarovsky crystal-adorned bracelets and foot jewellery that she wears while performing barefooted in concert.

When not on the road, Fiona escapes to her peaceful home in a small rural village in Australia.

“One of the brightest lights in contemporary instrumental music, Fiona Joy is poised to move into stardom.”

Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records

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Earlier Quotes. 

Blue Dream 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 Australia

Hawkins enters the realm of masterfull Smoothjazz FM.

AWARDS

2017

flow

Fiona Joy Into The Mist Cover

  • 2017 Album FLOW
  • Status: WINNER – Album of the year
  • Award:  Zone Music Awards (International radio voted Ambient Awards)

 

  • 2017 Album Into the Mist
  • Status: FINALIST – Best Solo Piano Album
  • Award:  Zone Music Awards (International radio voted Ambient Awards)

2016

Signature Synchronicity album cover

Fiona Joy - Signature Solo

Winds of Samsara

  • 2016 Album: Song ‘Fair Not’ (Signature Synchronicity) Fiona Joy (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: FINALIST – Best Instrumental Song
  • Award: International Acoustic Music Awards
  • 2016: Song Calling Earth (Signature Synchronicity) Fiona Joy (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: WINNER – Best New Age Song
  • Award: Independent Music Awards
  • 2016: Album: Signature Synchronicity Fiona Joy (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: WINNER – Best New Age Album
  • Award: Independent Music Awards
  • 2016: Song Little Star (Signature Synchronicity) Fiona Joy (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: FINALIST
  • Award: USA Songwriting Competition
  • 2016 Album: Signature Solo – Fiona Joy Blue Coast Records
  • Status: WINNER
  • Award: ZMR Best Piano Album
  • 2016 Song: ‘Grace ‘
  • Album: Winds of Samsara (Ricky Kej/Wouter Kellerman)
  • Status: WINNER
  • Award: GRAMMY Best New Age album.

2015

Fiona Joy - Signature Solo

  • 2015 Song: ‘Ceremony’ (Signature- Solo), Fiona Joy (Tiny Island Music/Blue Coast Records)
  • Status: FINALIST
  • Awards: International Acoustic Music Awards

2014

600 years in a moment

Sensual Journeys

Live At the Q

  • 2014 Song: ‘Tango on Wednesday (600 Years in a Moment) Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: RUNNER UP
  • Awards: International Acoustic Music Awards
  • 2014 Song: The Journey (600 Years in a Moment)
  • Status: FINALIST
  • Awards: Independent Music Awards
  • 2014 Album: 600 Years in a Moment
  • Status: WINNER
  • Award: ZMR International voted Radio Awards Best Piano Album with Instrumentation
  • 2014 Album: 600 Years in a Moment
  • Status: FINALIST
  • Award: ZMR International voted Radio Awards Album of the Year
  • 2014 Album: Sensual Journeys Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: FINALIST
  • Award: Independent Music Awards
  • 2014 Album: LIVE at the Q Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: FINALIST
  • Award: Independent Music Awards Best LIVE performance

2011

Christmas Joy

  • 2011 Album: Christmas Joy Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: FINALIST
  • Award: ZMR Radio Voted Awards Best Holiday Album

2009

Blue Dream

ICE - Piano Slightly Chilled

  • 2009 Album: Blue Dream Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: WINNER
  • Award ZMR Radio Voted Awards – Album of the Year
  • 2009 Album: Blue Dream Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: WINNER
  • Award: ZMR Radio Voted Awards – Best Piano Album
  • 2009 Album: Blue Dream Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: WINNER
  • Award: ZMR Radio Voted Awards – Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
  • 2009 Album: Blue Dream Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: Finalist
  • Award: ARIA (Australia) Best World Music Album
  • 2009 Album: ICE – Piano Slightly Chilled Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: Winner
  • Award: NAR Radio Awards Best Dance/Dub/Club Album

2008 | 2007 | 2006

Blue Dream

ICE - Piano Slightly Chilled

Angel Above My Piano

  • 2008 Song: Blue Dream (Blue Dream), Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: WINNER
  • Award: MusicOZ Awards – Best Classical.

 

  • 2007 Song: Frosted View (ICE – Piano Slightly Chilled) – Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: FINALIST
  • Awards: MusicOZ Awards Best Instrumental Song

 

  • 2006 Song: Dance of the Penguins (Angel Above my Piano) – Fiona Joy Hawkins (Little Hartley Music)
  • Status: FINALIST
  • Awards: MusicOz Awards Best Classical Composition

Other Awards for Finalist include:

Just Plain Folks 2009, Unisong Awards 2009, NAR Music Awards 2008, Hollywood Music Awards 2008, Australian Songwriters Awards 2007, LA Music Awards  Frosted View  Dance category 2007, John Lennon Song Writing Competition 2007, Piano Heaven, One World Music. All Stars Radio Best New Age Artist 2013.