Emerging Artist Watch: Mayer Hawthorne
Hawthorne, born Andrew Cohen, is a 32 year old white guy from Ann Arbor, Michigan. you wouldn’t guess that listening to his crooning, which is a dead ringer for Smokey Robinson or Curtis Mayfield. But Hawthorne is the real deal- he’s been listening to records since he was a kid and has a well-developed appreciation for American soul and R&B during its heyday. In addition to his singing, Hawthorne is a multi-instrumentalist, DJ, and audio-engineer. Hawthorne has recently been sampled by Hip-Hop artists like Kanye West, the Cool Kids, and Childish Gambino, and electronic act Chromeo. Look for him to break out soon.