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Sophie B. Hawkins to launch affiliation to help Gulf Coast during San Diego gig

SAN DIEGO -- Chart topping singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins, who will be performing at Anthology on Wednesday, May 19, has announced her affiliation with the Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. 

The Gulf coast regional members of the Waterkeeper Alliance are the first line of defense during the BP oil disaster recovery efforts.

According to the Waterkeeper website, “This catastrophe is expected to eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Price William Sound, Alaska, both in terms of magnitude and impact.”

The Gulf coast Waterkeepers on scene are:

Alabama: Mobile Baykeeper

Florida: Apalachicola Riverkeeper and Emerald Coastkeeper

Louisiana: Louisiana Bayoukeeper and Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper

Also working to clean up the ocean waters and beaches are volunteers, marine biologists, environmental advocates, and members of each of the coastal communities who have been affected.

The coastal ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico are in grave danger from the catastrophic BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and ongoing oil spill. 
It is speculated that millions of gallons of crude oil have already spilled into the gulf waters since April 20th, without any plausible, corrective action in sight.

Hawkins and her longtime manager / partner Gigi Gaston have decided to lend a hand to the region. She is prepping to launch a new eco-message single, The Land, the Sea and the Sky, which will soon be available on iTunes and will also be sold as a CD single at the upcoming Anthology show.

All proceeds from the sale of this single will go to the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Hawkins has chosen the San Diego show to the launch this important new focus for her philanthropy. SDGLN will be hosting this event and giving away tickets next week.

From Sophie’s blog: “I’ve been so happy to meet new people at these last shows, and I’m really stoked that my next group of shows, starting with Anthology in San Diego, are giving to the Waterkeeper Alliance. That’s exactly what I wanna do with my music. I hope you will come to a show, and I hope you will download The Land the Sea and the Sky, ’cause every penny will go to saving the birds and cleaning the water in the Gulf. So much more to come!”

The song is the first single and off of her new upcoming studio album Dreamstreet and Chance, which will be released early next year on her Trumpet Swan label.

When she found out about Waterkeepers, she didn’t hesitate to get involved.

“I wanted [a non-profit] that was in keeping with where I am in my life right now," Hawkins recently told SDGLN. "We have [all] got to do something environmentally. As Einstein said, 'we need to expand our circle of compassion.' The plankton, the dolphins, we are all connected.”

Sometimes in reaction to a catastrophic event or tragedy, organizations get hastily thrown together to raise money in an effort to respond. Although these organizations are established in good faith, the Waterkeepers are long established caretakers of the Gulf Coast. They live in and care for the coastline waterways and estuaries year-round; they know and understand the fish and the water-fowl that call these waters home.

The Save Our Gulf campaign has been established by the Waterkeeper Alliance to coordinate the efforts of the regional waterkeepers listed above who are fighting to protect the Gulf Coast.

About Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Hawkins' Top 5 hit, Damn, I Wish I was Your Lover climbed to the top of the charts in 1992 and created a mass of controversy and appeal, with its blatant woman-loving-woman lyrics. As a result of the attention the song received, Hawkins was one of the first female artists to be open about her sexuality. Since then, Hawkins has followed that initial album "Tongues and Tails," with five more, one which included one of the longest running singles in adult pop chart history, As I Lay Me Down.

In 2008, Hawkins gave birth to a son, Dashiell Gaston Hawkins, with her partner of 15 years, Gigi Gaston. Gaston, a well-known writer and director, filmed and produced a powerful documentary about Hawkins and the complexity of mother-daughter relationships, called The Cream Will Rise, in 1997.

Hawkins is currently on tour and will soon release her sixth studio album.

Upcoming show at Anthology

Hawkins will perform Wednesday, May 19th at Anthology, located at 1337 India St. Tickets are available online or at the box-office, with a variety of seating options. A dinner menu will be available and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.

After the show, Hawkins will be signing autographs for those who purchase the single CD, The Land the Sea and the Sky, with proceeds going to the Waterkeeper Alliance. CDs will be $3.00 and other merchandise will also be available.

A portion of the ticket sales will also go to the Waterkeeper Alliance.

About Waterkeeper Alliance

Founded in 1999 by an environmental attorney and activist Robert F Kenndey Jr., and several veteran water keepers, Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on-the-water advocates who partrol and protect over 100,000 miles of Rivers, Streams and Coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Waterkeepers combine firsthand knowledge of their waterways with an unwavering commitment to the rights of their communities and to the rule of law. Whether they’re on the water tracking down polluters, in a courtroom advocating for stronger enforcement of environmental laws, in a town meeting rallying community support, or in a classroom educating young people, Waterkeepers defend their communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water—from law-breaking polluters to unresponsive government agencies.

Made up of nearly 200 local Waterkeeper organizations -- employing more than 400 full-time and 200 part-time environmental activists, educators, scientists and attorneys -- Waterkeeper Alliance keeps Waterkeepers connected, provides them with legal, scientific and communications support, and unites their voices as they take on major global water issues together.

Their Mission

Today, water resources are declining in quality and quantity in virtually every part of the world: More than a billion people are living without access to safe drinking water; California faces the most serious water emergency in its history; Australia is in the midst of an epic, 12-year-long drought-the first industrialized nation to deal with water scarcity on this scale.

Waterkeeper Alliance provides a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources, both locally and globally. The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for fishable, swimmable and drinkable waterways worldwide. Our belief is that the best way to achieve this vision is through the Waterkeeper method of of grassroots advocacy.

Waterkeeper Alliance aspires to protect every major watershed around the world. We also continue to reach out and collaborate with other leading national and international environmental and public health organizations to serve the needs of our global network.

The growth of the Waterkeeper movement is a testament to the strength of our model. 
From the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, the Amazon to the Ganges, Waterkeeper Alliance has become a powerful voice for the world's waters.

Stay Tuned

SDGLN recently spent a fun-filled hour talking to the singer. Stay tuned for her Q & A.

Morgan M. Hurley is the Copy Editor for SDGLN. She can be reached at (877) 727-5446, ext 710, or by email at morgan@sdgln.com.