Throw Your Arms Around Me
Hopkinson performs his own unique version of much loved Australian tune 'Throw Your Arms Around Me', originally released by Hunters and Collectors in 1986. This EP also includes 2 of his original songs. All of which will be included on his forthcoming and highly anticipated debut release, 'Strangers To Ourselves.' Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Hopkinson spent many years crossing the Pacific Ocean between Australia and America, suitcase in hand, writing and performing his music, before eventually relocating to Los Angeles in 2006. 'I came to America not really knowing who I was, but in time I began to find all the missing pieces, says Hopkinson. "Strangers To Ourselves is a story of self discovery that hopefully many people will relate to.' Hopkinson's influences are worlds apart. Classically trained from the age of nine, he started a grunge/rock band just out of high school, eventually finding his voice in the modern pop and rock sound, with much loved bands like U2, Pearl Jam, Live, Travis, Cold Play, Portishead, Train, and Crowded House. The album, Strangers To Ourselves, is co-written and produced with George Merrill, best known for writing Whitney Houston's hit songs I Wanna Dance With Somebody and How Will I know. "Hopkinson has a lovely knack for the memorable lyric and melody," says Merrill. "(Life After) No. 5 is a stand-out. He's an astounding and gifted writer." Another key creative addition to the album was mastering engineer Tom Durack, whose prolific career has included collaboration with the B-52s, Lou Reed, They Might be Giants and Diana Ross. "This project was my favorite this year," said Durack. Hopkinson has already performed in some of LA's most iconic music venues, including the Whiskey, Key Club, Hotel Café, House of Blues, and the Viper Room. According to Wikipedia: 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' remained one of the most popular songs in Australia for years, being voted number 2, 2 and 4 on the Triple J Hottest 100 in 1989, 1990 and 1991. Prior to 1992, songs from any year were eligible for inclusion in the hottest 100. It placed 2nd in Triple J's Hottest 100 Of All Time in 1998. In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of it's 75th Anniversary celebrations, named 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.