How do you remember Sophie B. Hawkins? Nominated for the 1993 Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, the NYC singer/songwriter topped the charts with her sexy debut, the 90s throwback single, “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover”. She quickly followed it up the next year with two more Top Ten hits, “As I Lay Me Down” and “Right Beside You”. Since then, Sophie has pretty much left the spotlight. Whatever happened to Sophie B. Hopkins? Thankfully, no tragic Hollywood story here, Sophie has become a true Renaissance woman and dabbled in multiple creative outlets including painting, writing, and obviously singing since the mid-90’s. She describes her life today is simple and poetic. Her webpage is appropriately titled sophiebhawkins.com and Twitter is @therealsophieb
“DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER”
Let’s take a look at some of her post 90s highlights: Some may remember a funny 2013 episode of the TV show, Community, where they celebrated with a Sophie B. Hawkins Dance after they confused Sadie Hawkins confused with Susan B. Anthony. Sophie guest starred on the episode and performed her biggest hits at the community college’s sock hop. She’s always been a strong advocate for issues close to her heart including animal rescue, LGBT rights, and campaigning for her political beliefs including Hillary Clinton’s run for office where she briefly changed her song to “Damn I Wish You Were President” in 2008. In 2010, Sophie released a single called “The Land, The Sea, and The Sky” to generate proceeds and publicity for the Waterkeeper Alliance, a group dedicated to conservation of rivers and coastlines around the world. She even played the lead role of a 60s music icon in a play titled “Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin” where she covered the hits “Piece Of My Heart” and “Cry Baby”. The play was written by Gigi Gaston, Sophie’s longtime manager and partner.
“AS I LAY ME DOWN” – Sophie B Hawkins
Imagine having a child at the age of 50! Sophie got pregnant for second time (In vitro) and is now raising a daughter along with her 8 year old son, Dashiell. She has embraced the challenge and shares cute stories of their family on her website. Sophie B. Hawkins hasn’t quit the music industry but her last album, The Crossing came out in 2012 after an eight year hiatus. If you want to catch her live, Sophie still pops up for live gigs here and there including a June 27-29 gig in NYC and an August date in Hermosa Beach, California.
“SOPHIE B HAWKINS 2016 INTERVIEW” and find out who inspired “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover”