MAYER HAWTHORNE Signs to Universal Republic Records

Mon May 23, 2011 12:28pm EDT

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MAYER HAWTHORNE Signs to Universal Republic Records

Sophomore Album HOW DO YOU DO in Stores Due This Fall

UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC RECORDS excitedly declares the signing of alternative soul impresario and critical darling, MAYER HAWTHORNE. His full-length debut for the label, HOW DO YOU DO, will hit shelves and digital retailers this fall, and the buzz single "A Long Time," will be released digitally on May 24th.

Listeners will be introduced to HAWTHORNE via the intoxicating and seductive sounds of "A Long Time." The singer's voice instantly transports listeners back to the golden age of soul but with a slick modern kick. He's got a refined, timeless style reminiscent of Smoky Robinson and Curtis Mayfield mixed with a forward-thinking sound.

The Ann Arbor, MI native released his self-produced independent debut, A Strange Arrangement, in 2009. A limited-edition 7" heart-shaped vinyl of the single "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out"/"When I Say Goodbye" was pressed and –combined with the traditional digital single— exceeded sales of 50,000 copies while critics everywhere began embracing his unique flavor and flare. MAYER HAWTHORNE’s stellar debut was included in Entertainment Weekly's "Best-Of" 2009 issue, and he was also chosen as one of Playboy's breakout artists of 2009.

Now, anticipation continues to mount for HOW DO YOU DO as tastemakers, celebrities, and fans alike unanimously sing HAWTHORNE's praises.

Rolling Stone wrote, "Hawthorne emerges with a jaw-dropping collection of classic soul," while Perez Hilton couldn't contain his excitement exclaiming, "We love, love, love it." Other acclaim has come from Spin.com, Esquire.com, Detroit Free Press, and Exclaim! He's also Snoop Dogg's "favorite new artist", and Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, and John Mayer have all taken to Twitter to proclaim their adoration.

MAYER HAWTHORNE hit the road this spring with Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae with a performance at Lollapalooza 2011 planned for August. His live show has already won the hearts of audiences everywhere including famed festivals such as, SXSW, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Austin City Limits, and more.

With HOW DO YOU DO set for release, HAWTHORNE is about to give the 21st century some real soul.

www.mayerhawthorne.com

Universal Republic Records
Myisha Brooks, 212-331-2404
myisha.brooks@umusic.com

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