The ability to command an audience is a quality that most of us do not possess and yet every great performer must. And it is in her contrasts that Rebekah Hawker manages to achieve this perfectly. On one hand her lyrics and melodies are a serious affair, evoking powerful images that resonate unbiasedly. They can be fierce or they can be fragile, but they can never be taken lightly. They speak of a life lived, not imagined, giving an authenticity to the ups and downs strewn throughout her musical tales. Yet on the other hand, her audience interaction and stage persona are so wonderfully light and refreshing that she transforms what could be a sombre experience in a joyful, cathartic journey. Humble, self deprecating, earnest and consistently hilarious, she smiles often and easy, and it takes only one look through a typical crowd to see that it’s contagious. Sometimes, a performer can be said to never leave a dry eye in the house. With Rebekah, there is never a frown.
Rebekah may be singular but we can all find something familiar and comforting within her music. She coaxes out vivid memories and emotions, her music accompanies them as though it were there all along. Somehow, Rebekah Hawker exists as part of our past, present, and undoubtedly our future. Are you listening?
Rebekah Hawker is a country folk singer-songwriter from Barrie, Ontario, that city you drive through on the way to your cottage. She sounds like an equal-parts mix of the following artists: Kathleen Edwards, Kacey Musgraves, Patsy Cline and Martha Wainwright. After releasing her debut EP ‘Careful Women’ in August 2019 she has already garnered 15,000 streams on Spotify and is taking her songs to venues across Ontario in hopes of opening hearts and inspiring vulnerability.