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Michigan's Mayer Hawthorne moves to major label for second album

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Michigan-born soul singer Mayer Hawthorne has signed a national recording contract for his second album, "How Do You Do," which is due out in the fall.

Hawthorne -- who was born Andrew Mayer Cohen in Ann Arbor -- has moved from the independent Stone's Throw Records, which released his 2009 debut "A Strange Arrangement," to Universal Republic. The sophomore album will be preceded by the single, "A Long Time," which comes out digitally on Tuesday (May 24).

Hawthorne wrote and recorded most of the album in Detroit, with Snoop Dogg guesting on the track "I Can't Stop" and onetime Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey playing on three songs.

"I wanted to make sure I didn't lose that grittiness and that soul," says Hawthorn, "but a lot of my other influences are coming out on this record. There's a little more rock 'n' roll, even a little more, like, reggae and everything. There are a lot of other genres that are blending in now. It's just turning into me."

Hawthorne, who primarily resides in Los Angeles, is currently opening for Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae. He has festival dates booked in Europe during the summer and is also on the bill for Lollapalooza during August in Chicago.

Web Site: www.mayerhawthorne.com

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