CERRITOS, CA – Two of music’s best-loved singer-songwriters, Sophie B. Hawkins and Janis Ian, perform at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Wednesday, March 26, 8:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at
. Ticket prices range from $45-$20.
SOPHIE B. HAWKINS emerged on the music scene in 1992 with her debut album Tongues and Tails. The Columbia Records release quickly reached Gold-selling status and earned Hawkins a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist.” The single from the album Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover became a Top Five hit. She followed with a second Gold-selling album, Whaler, which featured the single As I Lay Me Down. The song became a blockbuster hit, charting on Billboard for a record-breaking 67 weeks.
Hawkins released Timbre in 1999, then negotiated with Columbia Records to leave the label while retaining ownership of the masters to the album. In 2001, she re-released Timbre on her own Trumpet Swan imprint, with two new tracks added.
Her 2004 release, Wilderness, became her most ambitious project yet. Working out of her home studio near Los Angeles, she wrote and laid down the album’s tracks on a variety of instruments. In addition to guitar, cello, drums, and keyboards, Wilderness featured an exotic collection of percussion instrumentation that has fascinated Hawkins since her studies with African drum legend Babatunde Olatuni and her time at the Manhattan School of Music.
In 2006 Hawkins released her debut live album, Bad Kitty Board Mix. Recorded in Seattle, the two-disc set captured the true energy and essence of Hawkins as a performer.
Born in 1951, Janis Eddy Fink, later known as JANIS IAN, wrote her first song, Hair of Spun Gold, at the age of 12. She recorded it on her first album, Janis Ian, which was released in 1967. The album also featured her first hit, Society’s Child, which ignited controversy from coast to coast, with its then taboo theme of interracial romance. The song sparked the burning of a radio station and the firing of disc jockeys who played it. In 2001, Society’s Child was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
After recording three more albums during the next two years for Verve Folkways, Ian took a break from recording. She returned with Stars in 1974, featuring the song Jesse, which later became a Top 10 hit for Roberta Flack.
In 1975 Ian’s first Platinum-selling release, Between the Lines, was released. The album featured At Seventeen, which earned Ian her first two Grammy Awards for “Album of the Year” and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” During the next six years, she released an eclectic mix of six more albums for CBS Records, including Aftertones, which was a Top 20 Gold record in the United States and the highest-selling album by a solo female performer in Japan’s history.
Ian released the Grammy-nominated Breaking Silence in 1993, followed by Revenge, Hunger, God & the FBI, and Billie’s Bones. In 2003 she released Janis Ian Live, Working Without a Net, followed by a DVD release in 2005, Live at Club Cafe. Her most recent release is Folk Is the New Black.
Tickets are now on sale for Hawkins and Ian at the CCPA. For tickets, or more information, call (562) 467-8818, or go to
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