Andrew Mayer Cohen (born February 2, 1979), better known by the stage name Mayer Hawthorne, is a Grammy-nominated American singer, producer, songwriter, arranger, audio engineer, DJ, rapper and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California.
“Mayer Hawthorne and The County” is a name Cohen often uses when performing or recording as Mayer Hawthorne with other artists. In Cohen’s words, “The County” is basically anyone who plays an instrument or sings on his album. It is also his band when he performs live.
His parents, Kathi and Richard Cohen, were always very supportive of his love of music. He has two sisters, Becky and Kelly, both of whom are younger.
The stage name “Mayer Hawthorne” is a combination of Cohen’s real middle name (Mayer) and the name of the street he grew up on Hawthorne Road in Ann Arbor, MI.
Mayer Hawthorne draws influence from the music of Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, Barry White, Smokey Robinson and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Edward Holland, Jr. (known collectively as Holland–Dozier–Holland).
Taking umbrage at the notion that his is a purely “throwback” soul sound, however, Hawthorne also cites more contemporary artists, such as J Dilla, as significant influences.
Originally the Mayer Hawthorne tracks were meant to be just side projects for pleasure, but upon hearing them Peanut Butter Wolf insisted they be made into an album. Hawthorne has had no previous vocal training.
His debut single, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out”/”When I Said Goodbye”, was released on a red heart-shaped 7″ record on Stones Throw Records on November 4, 2008.
His second single “Maybe So, Maybe No”/”I Wish It Would Rain” was released on a 12″ record on Stones Throw Records on April 19, 2009.
Discussing How Do You Do, Hawthorne says, “I found my own unique sound on this album, which I’m excited about.”
The album has a vintage sound, which involves twelve ’70s inspired tracks, filled with orchestral pop and funky bass lines—”I’ve taken what I can from the classic heroes of soul and updated it with the music I grew up listening to and loving like Public Enemy and Juan Atkins and Cybotron.”
Hawthorne, Hall, and Jones combined with Hall’s house band on “Strange Arrangement,” “Green Onions“, “No Strings,” “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,” and “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin'” and Hall’s “You Make My Dreams” and “Private Eyes.”
He also played all the instruments on each of those tracks, in addition to recording all his own vocals.
Mayer Hawthorne and The County were musical guests on the Conan TV show on October 17, 2011, and the Late Show with David Letterman on October 25, 2011. On both shows, the group performed “The Walk”, their first single from How Do You Do.
In 2012 Hawthorne released the six-track live EP, KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, as a part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday.
In late May 2013, Hawthorne released his latest single “Her Favorite Song” from his latest album Where Does This Door Go. It is noted that the album is a departure from his throwback style in his past 3 albums.
Hawthorne performed at the 2014 NHL Winter Classic hockey game in Ann Arbor, MI in front of a crowd of more than 100,000 people.
In 2014, Hawthorne joined 14KT to form the synth-pop group Jaded Incorporated and they released their debut album The Big Knock exclusively on vinyl & digital on June 17th.
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The song begins in the scene at Betty’s goodbye party when Marc asks Troy if he would like to dance.
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|2011||How Do You Do|
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- “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out”/”When I Said Goodbye” 7″ single (November 4, 2008, Stones Throw Records, STH7028)
- “The Ills”/”The Ills (instrumental)” 7″ single (2009, Stones Throw Records, STH7035)
- “Maybe So, Maybe No”/”I Wish It Would Rain” 12″ single (April 19, 2009, Stones Throw Records, STH2212)
- “No Strings” 10″ single (April, 2011, Stones Throw Records, STH2265)
- “A Long Time” digital single (May, 2011, Universal Republic)
- “The Walk” (August, 2011, Universal Republic) #45 US Rock Songs
- “Thin Moon” (2011, Stones Throw Records)
- “Dreaming” (2011, Universal Republic Records)
- “The Walk” featuring Rizzle Kicks (spring, 2012, Universal Republic)
- “Get Ready” (2012, Universal Republic Records)
- “Her Favorite Song” (2013, Universal Republic Records)
- “Reach Out Richard” (2013, Universal Republic Records)
- A Few Tracks CD (promo)
- Impressions – The Covers EP (available for free download)
- Tuxedo EP – Tuxedo (Link to EP)
- “All Your Goodies Are Gone” (Dennis Coffey single)
- “Swimsuits” (The Cool Kids single from When Fish Ride Bicycles)
- “Love In Motion” (SebastiAn single from Total)
- “Active Balanced” (Othello + DJ Vajra single from The Required Taste)
- “I Still Love You” (Nottz song from the album You Need This Music)
- “Do It” (Pitbull (rapper) song from the album Global Warming (Pitbull album))
- “Never Take It Away” (The Aston Shuffle song from the album Photographs)
- “Deep End” (Coucheron single)
- “64 Ways” (Detroit Swindle song for the album Boxed Out)
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