Influences: Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Ruth Brown, Peggy Lee, Claire Martin, Liane Carroll
Professional singer with extensive live and recording experience.
Trained actress (specialised in Musical Theatre).
Wide vocal range (3.5 to 4 octaves) & very versatile, adapting to various musical styles. Specialist in jazz, blues, latin & soul.
Venues include: Ronnie Scott's (London), The Jazz Bar (Edinburgh), National Theatre (London), Sherraton Park Lane Hotel (London), Pizza Express (various), Proud Cabaret (London), Pizza on the Park (London), Fashion Cafe (London), Colchester Arts Centre and many, many more...
Worked with some of the top jazz/blues musicians in the UK, including: Ian Shaw (v/p), Alan Barnes (sax/cl), Alex Garnet (sax), Andy Panayi (sax/fl), Julien Siegel (sax), Colin Steele (tpt), Andy Davies (tpt), Janette Mason (p), Robin Aspland (p), Gareth Williams (p), James Pearson (p), Barry Green (p), Ted Beament (p), Paddy Milner (p), Simon Thorpe (db), Jeremy Brown (db), Clark Tracey (dr), Mark Fletcher (dr), Frank Tontoh (dr), Marcus Bonfanti (g/voc), Bill McGillivray (g), Carl Orr (g), Nick Page (g), etc.
Lead singer with own blues/soul band, Kerry Jo Hodgkin & The Blue Steelers.
Guest vocalist with: The Ronnie Scott's Blues Experience, Crissy Lee Big Band, Mike Ellis Swing Band, etc.
Leader of own jazz bands:
'Ladyblue' (Duo to Septet)
'The Kerry Hodgkin Quintet', with whom I completed a successfull Jazz Services Tour in 2003, 'Shades of Blue' (vocal/guitar duo).
Vocalist with The Sounds of Swing Orchestra, a 17-piece swing big band.
Lead vocalist of, Soul Possession, a 5-7 piece Motown/Atlantic band.
MC & vocalist at Proud Cabaret, London - burlesque club from 2010.
Solo Cabaret Vocalist since 1997.
Also available for dep work. Working in so many different genres over the years has left me with a vast repertoire, making me ideal for dep work.
Also experienced in musical theatre, pop, rock & folk music + some classical.
Excellent harmony skills, having spent 2.5 years in a 4-part a capella group, The Spirellas, appearing on the James Whale Show & BBC Three Counties Radio.
Work either by ear or reading music.
Good dance skills (jazz/tap/modern/contemporary/salsa/robotics/basic ballet/jive/lindy hop).
Play clarinet & basic guitar/keyboard.
Professional vocal coach (singing & acting).
Session vocalist (e.g. Denim, Paul B Edwards & Serious Sound Syndicate).
33 Records Recording Artiste:
Debut jazz/blues CD, “…and everything”, released on the 33 Records jazz label in Feb. 2002.
New contemporary jazz album "Table in the Corner" produced by Ian Shaw and released on 33 Records in Nov. 2009.
Also appear as cabaret/burlesque vocalist/compere - diva chanteuse Melody La Rouge - including my one woman show, (available self-contained or with 4-piece band) "Kiss of the Red Menace: a tribute to Kander & Ebb.
KOTRM Fringe Tour 2012 (7 fringe festivals in 4 months) - Award Nomination: Best Solo Vocal Music Show @ Buxton