Mayer Hawthorne just wrapped up his first U.S. tour this month, but we miss him already. The sweet bespectacled crooner from Ann Arbor, Mich., has been all over the place lately, selling out cool-kid venues like NYC’s Mercury Lounge, bringing respectable crowds to suburban shopping malls, even playing soundtrack to a sexy (fantasy?) moment in the Spike Jonze/Kanye West short We Were Once a Fairytale — and yet we still can’t get enough of his Motown-worthy grooves and soothing falsetto.
We’re not the only ones. Hawthorne’s already impressed tastemakers like Mark Ronson, garnered multiple comparisons to soul great Curtis Mayfield (he admits he’s a fan), and nabbed John Mayer’s endorsement for his recently released debut, A Strange Arrangement, as “best record of the year” (Mayer also invited him to open up on several live dates later this year).
What do you think—are you swooning to Hawthorne’s doo-wop tunes as much as we are?
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