Featured Rock the Vote Artist
|1. Green Eyed Love||Mayer Hawthorne||A Strange Arrangement||Soul||3:52|
|2. Just Ain't Gonna Work Out||Mayer Hawthorne||A Strange Arrangement||Soul||2:31|
|3. Maybe So, Maybe No||Mayer Hawthorne||A Strange Arrangement||Soul||2:59|
Mayer Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided. “Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit,” claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and Barry White among his influences, but draws the most inspiration from the music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Jr.
Hawthorne has produced and played instruments for much of his life, but never intended to become a singer. He isn’t formally trained, and never sang in the church choir or in any of the bands he was in before founding the County (formerly the County Commissioners). But here he is, new school soul sensation, who has taken the Motown assembly-line production model and eliminated nearly every element but himself and a few hired hands. “I think Mayer is the only artist in the history of the label that I’ve signed after hearing only two songs,” says Peanut Butter Wolf. “Sometimes, you just know it’s the right thing to do.”
And for those willing to believe anything is possible, be grateful to have Mayer Hawthorne on the scene. It’s not just throwback music anymore – this revival is all about progression.
Tell us about your first concert experience:
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very musical family. My Dad played in a band and my first concerts were going to see him play live.
If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
I would definitely be some kind of handyman. I’m very mechanical, and I like to take things apart and fix them.
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Michael Henderson. He knows how to have fun with his audience and doesn’t take himself too seriously.
If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
I’d make marijuana legal and use the tax revenue to pay off our national debt.
What social cause is closest to your heart?
Everything starts with education. We need to make it a priority in the United States and pay teachers more than politicians.
What does the right to vote mean to you?
It means having the opportunity to change what you don’t like.