Soulful Mayer Hawthorne Makes Singletary Stop
"Her Favorite Song" by Mayer Hawthorne. Video courtesy of mayerhawthorneVevo YouTube account. A transcript of song lyrics can be found here.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2013) — Kicking off the 2013-2014 Signature Series will be “retro soul” singer Mayer Hawthorne. Snoop Dogg once heralded Hawthorne as his new favorite artist, praise shared via Twitter by other stars such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and John Mayer. Hawthorne takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Opening the show will be Superhumanoids.
Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., and vividly remembers driving with his father and tuning the car radio to the rich soul and jazz sounds the region provided. "Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit," claims the singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Smokey Robinson and famed songwriting trio Holland, Dozier, Holland among his influences, but also draws inspiration from Michael McDonald, Juan Atkins and J Dilla.
With two well-received full-length albums, Hawthorne has had songs licensed for film and television and toured the world with Bruno Mars, Foster the People, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae and Amy Winehouse.
Some have described the vibe of Hawthorne's latest release, "Where Does This Door Go," as Steely Dan meets the Beastie Boys, which suggests both a studio seriousness and playfully irreverent approach. The album features a host of top-flight production work from Pharrell Williams, Greg Wells, Jack Splash, John Hill and Oak (of Oak & Pop), who contributes the smooth and powerful single "Her Favorite Song." The single premiered in May 2013 and became an instant hit. Billboard called it “expansive” and New York Magazine said "…sounds like 70s smooth-rock kings Steely Dan." "Her Favorite Song" gave Hawthorne the title of "Most Blogged Artist" on the website Hype Machine.
Superhumanoids, made up of members Max St. John, Cameron Parkins and Sarah Chernoff, began in Los Angeles in the summer of 2010. While the band members had rhythm and blues musical backgrounds, they have emerged as a pop music group. They create their eclectic music using electronic sounds, instruments, pedals and more.
Ticket prices for the Mayer Hawthorne concert vary by seat location and range from $22 to $35. A limited number of UK student priced tickets (located in the front of the concert hall) are available for $25. These tickets must be purchased in person at the ticket office with a valid ID; one ticket per valid ID. A processing fee will be added upon completion of all transactions. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the venue.
A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; firstname.lastname@example.org