Annette Hawkins and Kim Copedo are outstanding country singers in their own right. They have both released solo cds, Annette Hawkins “ Which Way Leads Home” and Kim Copedo “ Did You See Her”. In 2000 they decided to combine their exceptional singing talents and form the duo Annette and Kim. Since then they have gone on to win many awards on the NZCMA Awards circuit. They have appeared at numerous festivals, concerts and showcases around New Zealand with some of New Zealand’s top country performers. They also work regularly with their own band “The Mountain Mist Band” comprising of; Richard Pinny on drums, Ian Anderson lead guitar, Tiny Heathcote bass and Andrew Paterson steel guitar. Annette and Kim’s voices are a magical blend of incomparable harmonies and intuitive synchronicity culminating in a delivery that is personal and universally loved.
In 2008, due to popular demand, they released their debut duo album “ Something Between Us” to critical acclaim. In December 2008 the song “ Wake Up And Smell The Whiskey” from the album reached number 1 on the “European Country Music Association Radio Charts Top 100” a feat never achieved before by a totally New Zealand act. In November 2009 “ Chattahoochee” from the same album had reached number 13 on the chart.
Annette and Kim were also nominated for Best Duo 2009 and Best Vocal Collaboration 2009 at the European Country Music Association Awards and were placed 4th and 5th respectively.
Their duo cd “ Something Between Us” was nominated as a top three finalist “ Best Country Album 2009” at the New Zealand Tui Awards.
Also in 2009,2010 and 2011 they were nominated as a top three finalist “ Best Duo/Group” at the Kiwi Pro-am National Country Music Awards.
In 2007 and 2008 as a duo they were finalists in the NZCMA Entertainer of the Year Awards and in 2005 were finalists in the NZCMA Songwriters Awards with the song “ Shadow of My Heart” which they co-wrote.
As a solo artist Annette has been a finalist at the NZCMA Entertainer of the Year Awards and in 2008 was the winner of the Norfolk Island Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Award. That same year Annette also released her second solo cd “I’m Still Here”.
Kim has been a finalist no less than 14 times at the NZCMA Entertainer of the Year Awards and has had 10 original songs in the NZCMA Songwriter Awards with three of his songs achieving second place. In 2011 Kim was the winner of the NZCMA Entertainer of the Year Songwriter Award with his song, “ Sometimes I Don’t Remember Being Young At All”. Kim has also been a finalist 6 times at the Norfolk Island Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Award.
Since 2008 Annette and Kim have hosted tours to the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival. In 2011 they were invited to perform at the Barham Country Stampede held in Barham NSW Australia and proved to be so popular that they have been invited back to the August 2012 festival. They have been regular performs for many years at the world renowned Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival held annually in Paihia New Zealand.
In May 2012 Annette and Kim released their second album together “Annette & Kim sing Patsy & Jim”. This is a tribute album of solo performances covering the songs of Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves which Annette and Kim grew up listening to.