Mayer Hawthorne

Today I received two messages from readers. Both advised me to check out Mayer Hawthorne as he is from Ann Arbor and a "retro" vocalist. Mayer's music is very much a throw back to Soul, Motown, New Wave, and a bit of Disco. In other words... This cat can sing! And.... often Mayer would play all the instruments on his demos.

Mayer's father played the best music of the Motor City for young Mayer growing up. Cool Dad!

Mayer is labeled "retro" because his sound could have been a perfect fit for the massive Retro music timeline of 1966-1974

“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. Mayer Hawthorne

Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf said, “He (Mayer) showed me two songs and I didn’t understand what I was listening to,” Wolf recalls. “I asked him if they were old songs that he did re-edits of – I couldn’t believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments.”

Take a look at Mayer on Daryl Hall's Live from Daryl's House.. He is absolutely amazing and he is one of the best musicians to come out of Motown in a very long time...

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