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Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. Coming from a town that only recently went from “unincorporated” to 281, with the nearest theater or rock show hundreds of miles away, it took a lot of determination for that little girl to pursue her dreams.
Almost as soon as she stepped off the stage at her high school graduation, at just 18 years old, she packed her bags, said good bye to her family, and traveled 600 miles east to Minneapolis, MN – where her undeniable drive and passion for performance shined through in her unforgettable stage presence. Kat began to carve out a place for herself on both the music and theater stages of the Twin Cities. After signing a record deal, and beginning to work and share stages with some of the music industries biggest acts (Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi, etc), Kat’s career began to reach heights she’d only dreamed of as her years of hard work began to pay off. It was at that point that Kat began to feel tension in her throat, tension that would end the career she’d dreamed of and worked towards her entire life.
In Spring of 2011, Kat was diagnosed with a vocal fold cyst, requiring surgery that would prevent her from continuing on in the only career she’d ever known. Unwilling to let this set back change her attitude, Kat began to pursue her second passion, which was working with children, and she began nannying. After nearly two years of nannying, Kat voice began to heal and she began to sing again. She volunteered to do a tour for members of the United States Military in the Middle East, on a trip that would change her life in more ways than she’d ever imagined. During a layover in the middle of the night in the Amsterdam airport, Kat began to sing Adele’s “Someone Like You.” The video made its way online, going viral, and gaining the attention of the producers of NBC’s The Voice, who requested she come on the hit TV show.
Kat’s time on The Voice was unforgettable, as she made it all the way to the finals. Maroon 5 singer, and coach, Adam Levine, proclaimed Kat to be “… hands down one of the best singers we’ve ever had…” She’s since continued traveling the country performing. Her latest singles have climbed to the top of the iTunes charts and she’d been the top selling rock artist on iTunes five times. She’s also begun speaking, giving over 300 presentations in the past 18months alone, sharing her message of living a Fearless life, the pursuit of dreams, and making a positive impact on the world.
Chris Hawkey, the self-described luckiest man in the world, was born and raised In Union City, a small town that rests on the state-line that separates Ohio from Indiana. He spent his youth competing in a wide variety of sports while dreaming of seeing the world through the windows of a tour bus. Having joined his first band at the age of 15, Chris began his pursuit of “the dream” while still in high school, playing “every bar and city festival within a 100 mile radius”.
After graduating from Mississinawa Valley High School, Chris attended a broadcasting school in Dayton, Ohio with the idea of pursuing a career in radio while continuing to chase his musical dreams. The radio business would take him from Ohio to Indiana to Virginia, and then to his current home state of Minnesota. It would also lead him to Kim, his wife of 22 years with whom he has two children, Alex and Abigail. As his broadcasting career flourished, Hawkey continued to perform with various bands on evenings and weekends while also releasing two well-received solo rock records in the early 2000s.
Hawkey’s big radio break came late in 2001 when he was hired to co-host and produce the Powertrip Morning Show on sports giant KFAN Radio. During its 15 year run, the morning show has become the number one rated morning radio program in the Twin Cities and is now syndicated to multiple cities across the upper midwest on the Fan Radio Network. Hawkey also produces the radio broadcast of Minnesota Vikings NFL football games for the Vikings Radio Network and is a regular contributor to the VIkings Entertainment Network.
The big music break came in the form of a phone call from an old friend in 2010. That phone call led to a run of hits and national acclaim as a member of the group Rocket Club. Hawkey was given the opportunity to sing on three songs that would spend time on the Billboard National Country charts. Those hits, and four full albums of other fantastic songs, would be heard by thousands of fans on stages all over the country as Rocket Club played concerts with some of the country music world’s biggest stars.
In 2014, Chris launched the next phase of his career with the release of his first solo country record. Filled with high-quality songs produced in Nashville and written by some of the world’s best songwriters, the 8 song self-titled collection would find a highly receptive audience and radio traction with the hit single “My Kinda Crazy.”
2015 saw the release of the CD “Country Underneath”, a powerhouse compilation of songs that would yield three radio hits including the nationally charting single “Favorite Song”. The run of shows supporting this second solo country release would last for 18 months and see the Chris Hawkey Band play to record crowds all over the United States as both headliner and direct support for Country Music Superstars.
On October 1 2016, Chris Hawkey released the single “Good Liar”, a fantastic song written by country-music legend Brett James that found immediate radio airplay. The song was the first release from the forthcoming album “Shine”, which will be released in late 2016.
“I named the record “Shine” after seeing a photo of our appearance at the Ramble Jam Country Music Festival in late 2016,” Hawkey said. “The photo, taken by Kelly Kamish of Kix Photography, showed a perfect moment in time. The sun was going down, the crowd was singing, and the smile on my face was like a window into my soul. I couldn’t tell what was shining more brightly, the sun or my smile. Those moments are examples of pure joy. Moments when I feel perfectly content. Moments when I can feel Love Shining at me from every directions. And I am doing my best to shine it right back. That’s the feeling I think we captured on this record.”