By Alan Ho
Who: Caleb Hawley
From: Mayer Hawthorne, John Mayer, Sam Smith, Jamie Lidell, Ray LaMontagne
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Who needs American Idol these days? For the one-time Season 10 contestant, it has been exactly that. The Minneapolis native and Harlem transplant could be on the precipice of full on breakout mode, ready to charm audiences with his old-school soul that harkens back to the heyday of Motown. This soul sound has been cultivated by his upbringing (raised by a family of preachers and therapists), which saw him perform without instruments at a church in his native Minneapolis as a kid.
“Growing up in an a capella church, we didn’t have instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony,” Hawley says in his official bio. “We mostly sanf older hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music.”
After taking his act solo on hundreds of gigs, showcases and music competitions, Hawley now has a full band behind, accenting his soulful energy and ambience that can only be described as “charismatic.”
This year again marks a potential breakout point for the soul singer-songwriter as he released earlier this year one of two EPs that will be out this year. Side 1 is described as “a time capsule from the 60s) and that one was released in January. Side 2 will be released later on this fall and is described as bringing his sound to the “present with beefier beats and more modern production.”
And as a special exclusive you can only find HERE and we do mean HERE, we present to you the first single coming from the upcoming Side 2 EP, titled “Bada Boom Bada Bling”!
Take a listen! Pre-orders for the EP begin July 22nd and this song will be offered as a free download when you preorder!
Song (EXCLUSIVE): Bada Boom Bada Bling