Hawksley Workman

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Canada. The true biographical details about Canadian singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman are difficult to ascertain. The artist’s fecund imagination has fashioned a life story that includes periods spent ice-cutting and polishing rental shoes in a tap-dance academy before becoming a celebrated dancer himself. Whatever the truth behind Workman’s upbringing, he established himself as a formidable songwriting talent with his debut For Him And The Girls. Recorded almost entirely single-handedly by the singer in his home studio, the album was released in Canada and the UK in 1999, and in the USA the following year. Covering a wide range of bases, the album drew comparison to the work of another prodigiously gifted young singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, most notably on the glam stomp of ‘Paper Shoes’ and the lush balladry of ‘Sweet Hallelujah’. The album brought Workman to the attention of the major labels, leading to a recording contract...

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