Birthday Week!

Birthday Week!

Hello Lovely People

In celebration of my 21st birthday 😳 today, we (I say we, when I actually mean the lovely Fiona at FJ Designs) has put together what can only be described as our Autumn collection. New T-Shirts, Hoodies, Coasters, Tote bags, mugs you name it. At the very same time, she has managed a glorious refresh of the website. I am very lucky to have her and am very grateful for her talent and friendship. Thank you, also to the very talented Kate Carpenter, who is the master behind the new images on the website and to Kate Hunter and Peter Alvey who also contributed images.

As usual, months have elapsed since my last email so I should have a lot say shouldn’t I! Well, here goes…It’s been a very full on, emotional and rewarding summer for me. Playing Jesus in Godspell this June was amazing, especially as I had my son n heir, Casey on stage with me.

I’d like to thank everyone at the Brentwood Centre and everyone involved in the production for their love and care in creating a truly unforgettable show. It really was a wonderful, if not formidable experience. 

I’ve put myself through some demanding escapades throughout my career (Ten meter High Diving and Waterski Jumping in the games, Green sequined lycra in Dancing on Ice, Sumo Wrestling Craig Charles to name a few but Godspell leapfrogged all of them as my most challenging role so far. Challenging and scary, like facing a mountain, but isn’t this what we should be looking for in life? Experiences that will take us out of our comfort zone to help us grow as humans. 

Having been in this space on many occasions, I have to say, through experience, that once you are through to the other side, so to speak, you can look back and be proud and amazed by your own bravery.

I know that anytime I have pushed myself past my supposed niche, I learned a little bit more about myself. It really is amazing what we can achieve when we just put one foot in front of the other and surge forward. Having said all that, I was definitely ready to put Jesus aside for the rest of the summer, which I spent with my gorgeous family back at home in LA just being Dad & Hubby #Heaven

Now that summer is waining, I am back working on a new album, hopefully to be released early 2020, which I am SO excited to share with you. I’m also still chipping away at my musical, which we also hope to premier in 2020. And, as ever there are lots of gigs to keep me busy.

Thank you all so much for your support and love. I’ll be back to check up on you before Christmas.
Ches x

Kiersty Rouge

Kiersty Rouge

Message from Chesney on the Album for Kiersty Rouge.

A project that involves Fiona is an album I produced for a wonderful artist called Kiersty Rouge. Let me go back to the beginning of my relationship with Kiki (As my family knows her) We met around 6 years ago when my family and I first moved to Los Angeles. She was a beautiful young aspiring singer songwriter from San Diego. We hit it off personally and artistically and we started making music together. She then started babysitting my kids and eventually became very much part of the Hawkes family. As she put it, we were her LA family. My kids dubbed her, ’Best Babysitter ever’. Going back to her family, Kiki’s older brother, Drake was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17. He beat it and was again diagnosed in his late teens. He beat it again. Kiki was very close to her big brother and every time Drake was suffering with his fight, Kiki found it extremely difficult to deal with the potential loss of her brother which affected her mental health. They were very symbiotic in that way. The last time Drake’s cancer came back, the prognosis was very different. Kiki was devastated and found it too overwhelming. She was eventually diagnosed as Bi Polar and around Christmas 2016, Kiki took her life. Drake never knew about his sister’s death and passed away two weeks later. Of course, this left a huge whole in all of our lives and hearts. Since then, we as a family have become very close to Kiersty and Drake’s parents. I made it my mission to finish the album Kiki and I started together and I am proud to say the record is now available to download here or to buy on vinyl here. Drake and Kiersty’s parents set up a charity in their name called ‘Ripples of Change’, and all the profits from the sales of Kiersty’s album will go directly to the charity, which seeks to provide emotional, therapeutic and educational support for underserved young adult cancer patients and their siblings. 

Kiersty Rouge – Album