Caleb Hawley is a pop folk artist from New York that brings more than catchy melodies and incredible talent to his music. Caleb combines soul and passion into his music to surround his voice, humor, and songwriting. After seeing him play this spring, I was hooked. That’s because his intricate guitar playing and incredible sense for melody and groove in songs is far above average. Hawley continues to impress people with his music by receiving honors in the New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010). He has written and produced three albums in his career as a songwriter, and he continues to tour the country playing a variety of venues and festivals.
The real inspiration to be a songwriter came after Caleb graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition. He then decided to fully pursue his passion and moved to New York City. He has since shared the stage with industry greats such as Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins, and Edwin McCain. Caleb Hawley can cover a wide range of music because of his talent and influences. While one song may seem as relaxed as James Taylor, another may capture the soul and passion from a singer like Stevie Wonder. Add riffs and rhythms that you might find in music like John Mayer or Dave Matthews, and you have Caleb Hawley. Seeing him perform was definitely one of my favorite shows in the last six months. He gave his audience energy, joy, and laughter from the first song to the last.
Caleb Hawley may have talents like some other artists mentioned above, but he has his own original style and sound. He is an outstanding guitarist that is capable of producing riffs rarely heard by his contemporaries. You can tell he hears the whole song when he writes it because the feel is so dialed in. From his first album titled “Greatest Hits” to his latest “We All Got Problems,” you will hear the cleverness and the excellence that is Caleb Hawley. From personally purchasing and listening to his second album “Steps,” I definitely recommend that you check him out. Listen to Caleb Hawley’s music and see his tour schedule here.
By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC