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Songs for the Cities Episode Four

Host Chris Hawkey talks to Chris Morley, drummer for Twin Cities-based hard rock band Cold Kingdom. Morley shares the evolution of the band, how their original songs are written and developed, and how they are spending their time.



Songs for the Cities Episode Three

Renowned singer Julius Collins reveals his musical journey from Iowa to Atlanta to Minnesota, the formation of his bands including a group managed by Prince, and his love of the Twin Cities club scene. Hosted by Chris Hawkey.


Songs for the Cities Episode Two

Singer/songwriter Michael Shynes shares his musical career, where he finds inspiration for writing songs and how he's making the most of this time of quarnatine. Hosted by Chris Hawkey.


Songs for the Cities Episode One

Singer/songwriter Kat Perkins dives into the personal stories behind her music, defining career moments including her stint on "The Voice," memorable shows and venues, and how COVID-19 has changed her personal and professional life. Hosted by Chris Hawkey.


Xcel Energy Center and Michelob Golden Light have partnered to launch Songs for the Cities to support the Twin Cities Music Community Trust. Fallout for the live music industry will be felt for a long time, potentially much longer than other industries affected by public gathering limitations.

Songs for the Cities features host Chris Hawkey interviewing local musicians who share their music, personal stories, and where they are finding hope in the current landscape.



Michelob Golden Light has committed $5,000 to the Twin Cities Music Community Trust.

The livelihood of individuals in the local music industry depend on venues being open, and without knowing when we can gather again, we had to find a way to support them.

            - Lara Engh, Anheuser-Busch Trade Marketing Manager

All funds donated to the Twin Cities Music Community Trust will directly impact someone who has lost a gig due to COVID-19 and its effect on the industry. This includes night staff, door staff, bartenders, security, stage crews, tour managers, merchandise sellers, photographers, local musicians, and more. TCMCT is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Chris Hawkey

CHawk_150x150.jpgChris Hawkey is co-host and producer for the Power Trip Morning Show on KFAN. The morning show has become the number one rated morning show in the Twin Cities and one of the top rated in the United States.

In addition to his successful radio show, Chris is the leader of the Chris Hawkey Band that performs across the Midwest with his special brand of music he calls “North Country.” The Chris Hawkey Band has released six albums. In addition, in early 2020 Chris debuted a new music brand “Hawk,” releasing two hard rock songs.

Kat Perkins - Links from Episode One

Michael Shynes - Links from Episode Two

Julius Collins - Links from Episode Three

Cold Kingdom - Links from Episode Four

Cold Kingdom

Band members:

·  Elissa Pearson – Vocals

·  Evan Ogaard – Guitar

·  Jason Michael – Bass

·  Chris Morley – Drums/Percussion

·  Collin Pearson – Keyboards