Published May 26, 2011Quirky throwback soul artist Mayer Hawthorne may have just dropped awesome covers EP Impressions, but the Detroit, MI singer is bracing himself for an even bigger event: his major label debut. While his career started on
A press release explains that the album, the follow-up to 2009's A Strange Arrangement, will hit shelves sometime this fall. Meanwhile, the first single from the set, the rollicking, organ-driven "A Long Time," was released on iTunes earlier this week. You can check out a live performance of the feel-good number below.
Though many are familiar with Hawthorne's brand of soul, the major-label push will unveil his smooth pipes to a broader crowd.
"The singer's voice instantly transports listeners back to the golden age of soul, but with a slick, modern kick," the statement explains of Hawthorne. "He's got a refined, timeless style reminiscent of Smoky Robinson and Curtis Mayfield mixed with a forward-thinking sound." We couldn't agree more.
Hawthorne is currently on tour opening for Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe. Check out the dates, including a Vancouver pit stop, below.
5/28 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre *
5/29 Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center *
5/30 Oren, UT - McKay Events Center *
6/2 Seattle, WA - WAMU Theater @ Qwest Field *
6/3 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena *
6/4 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre *
6/7 Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort & Casino *
6/8 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditiorium *
6/10 Coachella, CA - Spotlight 29 Casino *
6/11 Del Mar, CA - San Diego County Fair *
6/12 Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre *
6/15 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre *
* with Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe