A former hip-hop DJ, Mayer Hawthorne (the "soul name" of Andrew Cohen) has transformed himself into a new old-school R&B sensation. Though Hawthrone has been a musician and producer throughout his life, his foray into singing is a recent development. Hawthorne's work seems heavily indebted to the '60s and '70s soul music of Memphis and particularly Detroit; it's hard not to think of the Detroit-born performer's work as an overt homage to the Motown label.
- "Maybe So, Maybe No"
- "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out"
- "Green Eyed Love"
- "The Ills"
Hawthorne recorded every instrumental part himself, from keyboards to horns, as well as every layer of rich vocal harmonies. For his debut album, A Strange Arrangement, Hawthorne assembled and arranged the majority of his sweet soul songs in his bedroom studio. The end result is a wonderful collection of nostalgic old-school music, which hints at a contemporary sound.
Note: This segment originally ran on 11/5/09