(1975 – )
Hawksley Workman (born March4, 1975) is the stage name of Ryan Corrigan, a Canadian rock singer-songwriter who has garnered critical acclaim for his quirky yet accessible blend of cabaret pop and glam rock.
He was born in Bay Lake, Ontario, near Huntsville in the Muskoka north of Toronto, where he later moved to pursue his musical career.
His first album, 1999’s For Him and the Girls earned him comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits, Rheostatics and Harry Nilsson.
(Last Night We Were) The Delicious Worlves, released in 2001, became Workman’s breakthrough record both in Canada and Europe, spawning the hit singles “Striptease” and “Jealous of Your Cigarette”. At the end of 2001, he also released an EP of self-penned Christmas-themed songs, Almost a full Moon.
Lover/Fighter followed in 2003; the album included the hits “We Will Still Need a Song”, “Anger as Beauty”, “Even an Ugly Man” and “No Reason to Cry Out Your Eyes (On the Highway Tonight)”.
Workman has been known for his unusual and creative promotional materials as well as his music. Around the time of his debut release, he published a number of letters to “Isadora”, a fictional lover, in the classified section of Toronto’s NOW Magazine. (These letters were later published as the book Hawksley Burns for Isadora.) As well, his record company press kit for The Delicious Wolves included such fanciful biographical details as sailing through the air on a kite, and learning music while working as a janitor at a tap dance academy.
Workman has also produced records for a number of other artists, including Serena Ryder, John Southworth, Tegan and Sara, Sarah Slean, and the Cash Brothers.
Live in Lille, released in 2004, is a DVD of a live performance performed in Lille, France, showcases his live musicianship.
His music has been featured on the television show Scrubs.
A new album, entitled “Treeful of Starling”, is slated for release February 7, 2006.
For Him and the Girls (1999)
(Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves (2001)
Almost a Full Moon (2001)
Before We Were Security Guards (2004)
Official Site: www.hawksleyworkman.com